Last month, J. Cole’s Dreamville artist Bas released his second album in as many years, Too High To Riot. Backed by Interscope, the New Yorker (by way of Paris, France) MC cracked the Top 50 of the charts. “Matches” is the latest single, and serves as a rich gumbo to Bas’ many sides and wide range of opinions.
The visual finds the MC in the twilight, driving the foggy bridges of Miami, Florida. Featuring The Hics, the song is a self-analysis of an artist who is coming into fame, and juggling relationship pressures. In the verse, he touts his team and accepts the fact that despite his lower key image to other MCs, his words and melodic vocals are reaching farther than many others are. This set of bars just may say it all:
“Put me right up in the lineup, never been-sub / I’m next up / Never mind when we get snubbed / They get Michael Jordan and Harold Miner mixed up.”