Mista Epik aka EpikThot (/ˈepik/ /THôt/) born Michael Matthews, is a member of the group AudibleSol. Born in Connecticut but raised in Georgia & Indiana, he also spent summers in Illinois & Michigan. His passion for writing began with a creative writing class, where he began writing short stories and poems. His introduction to hip hop came later, inspired by classmates who were pursuing music careers.
In later years, Epik was devoting most of his free time to writing, and attending ciphers and talent shows. The dream of making music on a full-time basis was put on hold for some time due to personal reasons, but writing and freestyling has always been a consistent staple. Over the years, Epik has been featured on several projects for local R & B groups & hip-hop artists.
The goal of getting back to music on a regular basis came when Epik met Clev at a church function. Clev was already putting out music on the Christian circuit. After exchanging bars & breaking bread, Epik was given an opportunity to be a hype man for Clev, alongside Dj Shep on the turntables.
Performances at coffee shops, churches and fairs kept the team busy. So much so, the team decided to form a group and add new material to the set, which included bars from Epik. And just like that, AudibleSol was born. This joint effort caught the attention of a local production company, who offered a production deal in 2004 to produce more content. The deal didn’t fully pan out & the trio became a duo, but the grind didn’t stop.
Their passion, drive and belief produced two projects, the first being “Hustle is Capital”, released in 2008. The second project released in 2011 was “More Hustle More Capital”. Both projects were released independently and are available for purchase on iTunes and streaming on all platforms. AudibleSol also has several videos and live performances available on YouTube.
After several years of performing in the Bay Area & Los Angeles, Epik is ready to tour other cities, clubs & arenas to gain more mainstream exposure. The music written by Epik is influenced by his ties to Chicago, Atlanta/Stone Mountain & the Bay Area. His style of music is fun, passionate, uplifting and gritty. One of his main goals for the future is to broker a partnership with a major record label for distribution of AudibleSol’s music. In the meantime, more music is being produced, covering a variety of cultural topics and moods. Stay tuned & press play.