Name, Location, What You Do::
My name is Flex Mathews, I live in Washington, D.C. and I MC. #SaysFlex
I have so many influences from Stone Temple Pilots to Black Star. My parents are preachers, so Gospel music was a huge influence on me indirectly. I realize it now, but did’t at the time. Living in Washington DC changed the way I looked at life and people. Moving from middle America to DC aka Chocolate City brought me a new type of education that I didn’t have and that definitely bled over into my music. Last but not least the artist in DC pushed me to work harder. The bar here to be dope is so high and I always wanted to be consider dope in whatever I do. So a big thank you DC. I couldn’t imagine my life without this city. It helped me build my skills and take me to the next level.
Favorite Records at the Moment:
That’s a rough one. I just finished listening to Stevie Wonder’s InnerVisions record that is a almost perfect piece of work right there. You would be hard pressed to find something wrong with that album. Right now I have Isaac Hayes’s …To Be Continued LP spinning on this portable turntable that mess around with. But this also an amazing piece of work. The song “Our Day Will Come” is remarkable. At home I have Peter Tosh’s album Wanted Dread & Alive on my right hand deck. One of my favorite records that I can listen to non stop is Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 Equinox. Man I love that record. Side A is amazing! “Constant Rain (Chove Chuva)” is such an excellent song. Simply excellent.
Best Digging Story:
My best digging story? Around 2015 I really got into the Police…the band, lets be clear about that. So I had been looking their album called Ghost In The Machine, but everywhere I went they either didn’t have it or kept trying to over charge me, and I was stupid broke at the time. I was getting frustrated. So after a show in New York we (Congo Sanchez) crashed at a friends who was packing up to move to DC. The next morning we started to talking about records and her collection. I mentioned the Police, she said she had a record from the Police that she didn’t like, and could have. It was The Ghost In The Machine. I was blown away and have so much love for that girl. Thank you Rena. I love you for that.
Favorite Mix and Why. Any Genre, Any DJ.
My favorite mixes don’t really have a name. I used to and still run with this DJ collective called Funk DC. They used to give me these awesome mix CD with music that I had never heard of before. From this those mixes I learned about trip-hop, deep house, Washington DC hip-hop, Brazilian Jazz, and so much more. I’ve lost all of those cds today, but the memories, and what I learned are set in stone. The age of 21 was a beautiful time for me. Salute.
LP, 12”, or 7” format?
I am little confused by this question, but if I understand the it correctly I could never answer this question. They all play their roll. I remember I used to hate in 7 inches until I saw a DJ rock a mean, and I am talking about a MEAN, dub reggae set with all 7 inches. I was baffled. LP’s give you the whole feel of where the artist was or is trying to take you with the project, but me being a MC the 12 inches most of the times have instrumentals, and in the past as a young rapper instrumentals were vital.
Junk Food You Can’t Live Without:
Kettle Jalapeno Potato Chips. Just about any kind will do.That’s how much I love them. #SaysFlex
Most Memorable Gig Played:
The first time I opened up for Lupe Fiasco and I sucked….like really bad. I got a chance to do it again and I blew the roof of the joint. It was amazing. I prayed really hard that I wouldn’t suck that night and I didn’t. I thank GOD for that. He really had my back that night. #SaysFlex
Record That Never Leaves Your Record Box:
That’s an easy one the Mos Def and Talib Kweli Black Star album.
Shout Outs, Last Remarks, and Gig Info:
I wanna tell everyone to go the Redef web site and get their copy the EP titled Burners that I did with Damu The FudgeMunk which features Blu, InSight The Truncator, and a verse from the man himself Damu The FudgeMunk. I even think his verse is better than mine. Such good work. I hope you all like it. Shout out John at Redef, Block Stars, Congo Sanchez,, Kosha Dillz, Washington DC, and more importantly all the people who never slept on Damu and myself when we were just some youngins trying to represent the culture in the best way possible. And of course thank you Jamison. Peace and love to you all.
My email is Flexmathews@gmail.com