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The first iteration of Chicago rapper Matt Muse’s “Shotgun” is subtitled “[Philia],” the Greek phrase for the love shared in deep friendships, notably these solid in warfare. On “Shotgun” and its new remix, Muse reminisces on bonds constructed within the trenches of adolescence and strengthened by shared rides in first vehicles. Though he’s now in his late twenties, he places himself in his high-school sneakers and rides the jazzy, uptempo beat with delight, beaming as he describes carting his buddies to interviews, funerals, and court docket dates and providing his lady pals reprieve from cat-callers on the bus. While Muse raps of “doing hoodrat shit with my church-school friends,” fellow Chicagoan femdot.’s visitor spot is extra mischievous, with bars about sneaking out and lighting up. Their verses are linked by their reverence for the companions piled of their whips. “Sixteen with a car a different kind of free,” says femdot., aptly catching the frenzy of youth on wheels.