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Matt Muse - “SHOTGUN” [ft. femdot.]
The first iteration of Chicago rapper Matt Muse’s “Shotgun” is subtitled “[Philia],” the Greek word for the love shared in deep friendships, particularly those forged in war. On “Shotgun” and its new remix, Muse reminisces on bonds built in the trenches of adolescence and strengthened by shared rides in first cars. Though he’s now in his late twenties, he puts himself in his high-school sneakers and rides the jazzy, uptempo beat with pride, beaming as he describes carting his buddies to interviews, funerals, and court dates and offering his girl friends reprieve from cat-callers on the bus. While Muse raps of “doing hoodrat shit with my church-school friends,” fellow Chicagoan femdot.’s guest spot is more mischievous, with bars about sneaking out and lighting up. Their verses are linked by their reverence for the companions piled in their whips. “Sixteen with a car a different kind of free,” says femdot., aptly catching the rush of youth on wheels.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork