Matt Monday’s just getting started.
It was the church that got Charleston-based rapper Matt Bostick, better known as Matt Monday, into the music scene.
“I grew up with the Southern church influence,” says the artist, formerly named Righchus. “When you're young and you go to church, you have to learn some type of instrument. No kid goes to church for church—you go to play.”
Years later, the former Damon Dash-signed artist has made the industry his career and still retains those skills on the keyboard, guitar, and drums—though some are rustier than others.
With a stage name that cropped up from weekly music lessons he once took, Monday says he brings a perspective to the Charleston art scene that's often looked over.
“Most of the people that come out of here are like Rainbow Row and downtown [artists],” explains Monday, who started taking music seriously in college after making a CD with a friend and getting widespread support at parties. “For me, living here, that doesn't represent all of Charleston, that's not the Charleston I’ve lived.”
From lyrics laid over Sonny Digital-produced tracks of which Monday says live instrumentation is always a key, to the now shuttered Righchus Renaissance mini-festival the artist founded that featured other creatives like 50 Most Progressive 2015 member Fletcher Williams, pushing the community to discuss everything from race to religion has become Monday's M.O. In his “Devils” video, he posed the question: What if African Americans dominated the Jim Crow South? Discussion, indeed.
As for why Monday, the founder of the S.W.I.M (Southern Wealth in Music) label, chose music as opposed to being a journalist or a politician to move the culture: “Music is the most direct way to the masses. Even when we’re born, before we acknowledge anything else, we acknowledge music.”
Words by Mikelle Street
Photo by Gately Williams