“Matte Yellow Jeep” is a slow banger of a track off of Nate Gski’s April album Uptown Story. Sparse drum hits and a repetitive melody produced by Vaughn El frame the conscious rapper’s compact bars.
“Yell ‘Uptown’ in the Coliseum/ Spray tag names in the Newseum,” raps Gski in a canary yellow trench coat. The visuals are directed by VacantImagination. The song’s lyrics allude to a history of D.C. that is proud and esoteric. “This is an Uptown Story,” being sure to distinguish himself from other cats “over the water” in Southeast or elsewhere in the DMV honing their musical craft.
“All respect, but I wanna shit on that,” he says.
Nate G comes from a large brethren of rappers and DJs, citing Ninth Wonder, Mista Selecta, Unc Nasty, Logic, G’Town Wayne and M-1 Platoon as early participants in his hip-hop world. A world that might not have fully rendered had he not heard Nas, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah’s 2003 song “Verbal Intercourse.”
“You hear [Nas’] verse, man, shit. That’s all I gotta say. It made me wanna get better,” he says.
Nate G’s other project of 2017, Not Just a Body, was made along with his girlfriend and multifaceted artist in her own right, Afro Velvet. I saw them perform the EP at CMPVTR CLVB’s exhibition at Capital Fringe, Ctrl Space CMD.
He recalls them writing the three tracks in one-sitting over a stay in Pittsburgh, “It was a conversation you might have with your buddies at two or three o’clock in the morning.”