Artist of the Week: Blackbear

Posted on November 6, 2012 by

Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Blackbear, a crooner from Hollywood, California.

Formerly Blackbear was known as Mat Musto, and had more of an indie pop vibe. Now, he’s gotten a hair cut, changed his name, and evolved as an artist, pairing his catchy pop vocals with R&B swagger. Blackbear has spent a large chunk of his career writing major hits for other artists and collaborating with Pharrell Williams, Machine Gun Kelly, Bei Maejor, and Ne-Yo just to name a few. His newest EP “Sex The Mixtape” just dropped on October 31.

Origins: Palm Coast, Florida, but currently residing in Hollywood.

Full name: Matthew Tyler Musto

Known for: Mat is known for his smooth vocals and his equally smooth mixing of R&B, hip-hop, and folktronica.

Used in a sentence: Great lyrics, great vocals, and tattoos. What more could you ask for?

File next to: Mike Posner, Childish Gambino

Download now: “All My Lovin”

Five fun facts:

1. You can download his entire new mixtape “Sex The Mixtape” for free at http://www.mtv.com/artists/blackbear/, which is just the freakin’ best.

2. He co-wrote Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend.”

3. He used to be known as Mat Musto.

4. Mat’s favourite movie is Into The Wild.

5. He is the oldest of four siblings.


2008 Mat went solo after being part of projects such as The Night Shift and Polaroid. He released his first EP Brightness.

2009 He released the Contrast EP.

2010 He released Exposure, a 15 song EP.

2011 Year of the Blackbear EP was released.

2011 Mat put out his single and music video “Douche Bag.”

2012 He released the Foreplay EP, which is part of the four part EP series that Sex The Mixtape is also a part of.

Notable lyrics:

Blackbear does the heartbreak song so well.

Just a small town girl/Broke my heart like a small town girl /She lied to my face, then she slept around /And she dug my heart right into the ground/Six feet under, under the covers/And I thought that maybe she could be a little bit more than a bit of a whore/I guess not/She was from that M I S S I S S I P P I/She’s from the Mississippi River and she’s looking to find/Another lover to spend all the nickels and dimes on her/On her/So should I hang around or start running away?/Cause every time I stay/She leaves my heart on the floor

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