An Empowering Message From Matty Carter + Ariel

by Lucy Lerner

11th October, 2018

Matty Carter + Ariel are the most interesting group to emerge for quite some time and everything they release has a deeper meaning. Their new cover of the iconic Michael Jackson hit ‘They Don’t Care About Us’ is inspired by the strength and leadership of victims of gun violence and racial injustice. The original track was released in 1996 and was about racism and a message to people in power to stop ignoring human rights. Two decades later and these themes are unfortunately still prevalent in society.

Matty Carter perfectly encapsulates these feelings and anger as he spits each lyric and the venom is portrayed in Ariel’s hard-hitting drumming and the gritty production.

Tell me, what has become of my life?
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, no
I’m tired of being the victim of hate
You’re ripping me of my pride, oh, for God’s sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy, set me free

The track follows previous empowering hits ‘Voices’, ‘Bad’ and ‘Ready To Die‘. The duo is also very passionate and open about struggles with mental health and created a documentary ‘Creating With Depression‘ earlier this year.

Matty Carter says, “On my darkest days, when life doesn’t make sense and nothing can make me happy… Music makes me feel human again. Music makes me feel again. Music gives me purpose and makes me feel fulfilled. I don’t know why – and I think musicians have chased this feeling for as long as we have existed – and there are no words that can be put together to give a concrete answer – But music just makes me feel good. Makes me feel alive.

This New York duo continues to do things their way and portray messages in their music which empower us all.

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