Matty Wood$ is a creative out of St. Louis who I have been covering here on our website for some years now, but when he was recently in Chicago I brought him to the Lyrical Lemonade office for our first conversation face to face, and in turn we now have a dope new Q&A for the fans! Not only is Matty a super talented artist who creates great music, he has the overall look & charisma of a superstar and he just might be one of the funniest rappers I have ever met, and I am sure those traits will help him down the road. Most importantly, Matty has a great group of solid individuals around him in his 2200 crew that are going to keep him improving at all times, the sky is truly the limit for this young legend. Stream his latest album I’l Be Fine below while you check out the Q&A, and after you’re done be sure to follow Matty on Twitter here!

EM: Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.  

MW: You know who it is, Tony T, Matty Wood$ aka pull up on yo block with the backwoods.

EM: What is your earliest memory of music?

MW: I remember being five years old and singing my mom a Michael Jackson song and dancing around the house. My mom got me hella into music

EM: When did you first start creating music?

MW: high school, well for rap music. I was in bands before that, I didn’t fully fuck with rap music at first. I fucked with The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Queen all of that. I was in a band called Flight 101, somewhere on YouTube their is a band practice session on there. I tried to swing my guitar around and broke it haha. 

EM: What/who inspired you to become an emcee?

MW: I got tried of doing that band shit, I started smoking weed and listening to instrumentals. It was really kind of the dope bro, I can’t lie.

EM: How did you come up with the name Matty Wood$

MW: Because I smoke woods, but I used to be Matty2Swishers before that. There’s an old ass mixtape under that name out there, dig in and find it if you can!

EM: What’s it like being from St. Louis? How has that city molded you as a person and as an artist?

MW: St. Louis is really a working city bro. There’s shit to do there, but there’s not much to do when you are from the city. There’s a whole bunch of shit going on, a bunch of different sounds are coming out of St. Louis.

EM: Who are your biggest influences musically?

MW: Wiz Khalifa, Dom Kennedy, Kid Ink, Mac Miller

EM: What are your top five favorite albums of all time?

MW: I was inspired by albums such as Taylor Allderdice, Acid Rap fucked my head up, all of The Jackson 5 albums

EM: What are your top five favorite mixtapes of all time?

MW: All of the Freewave’s really did it for me, I loved those tapes.

EM: What was the first album you ever bought?

MW: Yeah and it’s actually hella funny bro. I copped that T.I. King album and that shit was parental advisory but my mom would let me bump it in the car with her she rocked with it.

EM: Favorite hip-hop of movie ever?

MW: Mac n Devin Went To High School, or How High with Method Man & Redman

EM: If you could collab with one person dead or alive who would it be?

MW: Lauryn Hill because she got the sweetest voice, she gonna slide to the studio for the last twenty minutes of the session, flick it up for the gram. It’s love

EM: Can you speak on the creative process of making your last project, I’ll Be Fine?

MW: We didn’t plan to make I’ll Be Fine, we had a little EP titled FOREVERFADED that dropped & we were planning to make that the time. Basically some fuck shit happened and I started linking with my boy Parker, and the first song we made together was Percocet 2.0 and Stan was fucking with it. We flew out to LA shortly after that and we recorded about half of I’ll Be Fine. Everybody be going through shit so I just wanted to name it that, simple as that.

EM: What inspired you to create your latest song 22 Flows?

MW: We were down in Florida and it was the first time I met my whole team, we rented a crib and set up a studio. We were in this Air BnB that was like a clubhouse, treehouse, it felt like a cabin or some shit. We were smoking that shit out and the beach was a couple minutes away you know that’s why I rhymed “No cap when I speak, need a house by the beach”. I fuck with St. Louis but that shit be draining, when people say “it be in the air” i never understood that until I went places, in LA, Florida, etc. That whole energy down there inspired the track

What’s your favorite music video of all time?

MW: Lucki’s music video for “Lowlife” is the first one that pops into my head, I love that one.

What’s your favorite music video of yours?

MW: Kelso for sure

EM: What is your favorite song of yours that you have created so far?

MW: I fuck with Headfirst pt. 3 the most

EM: Are there any local Chicago rappers that you have been listening to?

MW: Warhol, Calboy, BIGBODYFIJI

EM: Who are some of your favorite artists from St. Louis?

MW: Anwar, Pink Caravan, J-Hop is like the hardest rapper I know bro I swear he remind me of Andre 3000. 

EM: if you had to pick a few bigger name artists that you would like to work with in the future, who would they be?

MW: Chance, Wiz Khalifa, Currensy, Lucki

EM: Is it true that you played hockey growing up?

MW: Yeah, I’m trash at basketball so I played hockey. Right Wing number 20

EM: Your merch has been going crazy, what’s your favorite piece of merch that you have created?

MW: The maroons sweatshirts that got my name on it, they go so hard!

EM: What can our readers expect from you in 2019?

MW: Hella videos, I’m really trying to take a video approach & put a face to the music. I started my own YouTube page so go subscribe to that if you’re reading this! Mostly just singles too, I just dropped that tape “I”ll Be Fine” recently so imma let it breathe.

EM: Last question, where do you see yourself in 5 years?

MW: Hopefully with the same dudes I hang with just on another level. We gonna be on tour, festivals. I can see a lot of shit happening but I’m also not pissed about where I’m at either, life’s good I’m taking trips.