When he joined us for an episode of Boston’s Big Podcast last year, Waltham’s Munashe Mututu (formerly known simply as “Muna”) reminisced about lying to his mother at age 14 so he could go perform at The Middle East in Cambridge. I say this to say that he’s been an active member of the Greater Boston hip-hop scene for quite some time now, and his most impressive release to date, Rap Therapy, just came out on all platforms a couple weeks ago.
As the title suggests, this project was approached like a therapy session. An opportunity to get some weight off his chest. He touches on insecurities that stem from childhood experiences, giving us a glimpse into the struggles of his upbringing on “Household Traumas” before diving into the ways in which they’ve shaped him as an adult, and how he’s managed to overcome these challenges and grow into a man who is confident enough to rap “since I was a baby, God never forsake me, so the pressure don’t phase me, I’m the black Tom Brady” on “Psychosis”.
“Rap Therapy” is not only Muna’s most honest and self-reflective body of work to date, it’s also shows apparent growth from a sonic standpoint. The effortless transition from intricate rap lyrics to infectious dark melodies keeps the listener locked in for all six tracks and perfectly compliments flawless production from StanTheBeatSmith, AUR, RushAurora, Sensei, and Humbeats.
Accompanying the EP is a chilling short film directed by Evyn Gregorio that features Muna acting as both therapist and client: