Matt Xander’s “Hip Hop Up Your Ass” is a genre-bending rollercoaster that defies conventions and embraces the unexpected. The band, led by the versatile Matt Xander on vocals, brings a refreshing twist to the hip-hop scene. Alongside Karen, who adds a unique dynamic with her witty commentary, they form a duo that challenges the norms of traditional hip-hop.
The album, recorded over a six-year period with contributions from various talents including GhostAttack and Cory Blight, unfolds as an alternative timeline for the hip-hop genre. Drawing inspiration from diverse influences such as Devo, Rage Against The Machine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Bomfunk MCs, the album navigates through fast tracks, slow tracks, jokes, philosophy, pop culture references, and political and social viewpoints. It’s a musical journey that caters to every taste while daring to offend and entertain simultaneously. The standout track “Karen, Shut Up!” showcases Matt Xander’s ability to seamlessly weave humor, social commentary, and double entendres into a compelling narrative. The album’s ethos challenges the direction hip-hop might have taken in an alternate universe, offering listeners an engaging and thought-provoking experience.
Amidst the recording process, the band’s involvement in films like Thor: Love & Thunder and The Matrix Revolutions adds a cinematic flair to their musical journey. Matt Xander’s commitment to embodying Karen’s character fully, even offstage, adds an amusing twist, creating an immersive experience for the audience. In the words of Matt Xander, “This release will leave you more confused than trying to pronounce the names of Elon Musk’s children.” “Hip Hop Up Your Ass” is not just an album; it’s a bold statement that challenges, entertains, and invites listeners to embrace the unexpected in the world of hip-hop.