By: Seamus Fay
Graduation Music always tries to play a big role in helping our readers discover new music and talent from Massachusetts, and today, I think we’ve stumbled on something that the people will really enjoy. While checking Twitter yesterday, I stumbled upon Boston artist Trezavelli and his newest, money-minded anthem, “100k”. Melodic in sound and relatable in lyricism, this track is ready to make some serious in the local scene and beyond.
The first element that truly attracted me to “100k” was the smooth production courtesy of IamTash. It’s upbeat and bright while still acting as the perfect soundtrack to Trezavelli’s effortless charisma, achieving a specific contrast that sets the tone for this banger on a high note. Lyrically, this song talks about what Trezavelli would do if $100,000 were to come down from the sky and land right in front of him today. His answer? A series of flex-worthy investments that will stay stuck in your head for the rest of the day. He prompts listeners with the question, “what would you do?”, all the while offering bar after bar of memorable quotes and well-executed wordplay.
With that being said, listen to “100k” at the link below and keep that question in mind – “what would you do with $100k?”
By: Seamus Fay
As always, we know it’s about to be a great day when we receive new music from Black El. His wavy style, matched with an inimitable knack for dropping off infectious rhythms, has proven to stand out within Boston and beyond, and overall, it’s looking like El is ready to continue his ascension to the top in 2018. Today, he blesses us with a smooth new single titled “House Money Blessing”.
Produced by Victor Radz and SXMPLELIFE, this track finds it identity woven through atmospheric melodies and looming background vocals. It’s spacy yet emphatic, shedding light on the rising talent’s notable ability to control his vocals with a learned effectiveness, both intoxicating and soothing at the same time. Aside from this, “House Money Blessing” is a hopeful anthem based around the concept of balling out with a house money, but at the end, Black El is sure to make it clear that “Money can be freedom or a trap.”
Listen to “House Money Blessing” below.
By: Seamus Fay
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Spotify has been putting together a series of FLOW freestyles from some of our favorite female artists. On that list, of course, is none other than the Roxbury pimp herself, Vintage Lee. In the video posted by the Spotify Twitter below, Lee jumps in for a quick freestyle, making sure to communicate her unmistakable charisma and seamless flows, bar after bar. You can watch it below.
In other news, Vintage Lee was also just featured on Fact Mag with a new interview discussing her musical origins, Boston origins, aspirations for the future, personality, some gems about branding herself, and much more. Show some love to the rising star by reading the article here.
“When people bump my music, I want them to think of just getting your bag. Or if you’re in your feelings, hop out your feelings, go get it, feel motivated.”
By: Seamus Fay
All throughout this week, I’ve made the conscious decision to learn more about Connecticut’s budding music scene – and thankfully, so. Based on the quality of just a few artists that I’ve found so far, this scene inarguably has the potential to establish itself as a contender on the national stage this year, and at this point, I’m questioning myself as to why I wasn’t hip already. Regardless, Graduation Music is here today to help push CT artist K$UBI KAYY and his single “Iron Giant”.
Although this track is actually a few months old, I felt obligated to do everything in my power to help promote it. On “Iron Giant”, Kayy takes an unforgiving approach to lyricism, weaving through chilling production with vicious charisma and an infectious chip on his shoulder. Match this with trunk-rattling 808s and hypnotic production courtesy of fellow CT artist, GENSHINISGOD, and you have an absolute hit on your hands.
This is without a doubt one of the best songs I’ve heard in recent weeks, and considering the extensive catalog of incredible music that K$UBI KAYY has already put together, I hold no hesitation in saying that he’s got next. But don’t take my word for it, listen to “Iron Giant” below and check out more from the Connecticut hitmaker on SoundCloud here!
By: Seamus Fay
Here at Graduation Music, we definitely focus on the budding music scene forming in Massachusetts, but that’s not to say that some of our neighbors aren’t doing their thing, as well. For instance, the state of Connecticut is developing some promising young artists right now right in front of our eyes. One of these artists is Genshin, a producer and rapper with an inimitably hypnotic sound that you simply need to get hip to. Today, we introduce him to our pages with his video for “Late Nights/Demand Respect”.
On one hand, led by a southern-inspired style, rich with soul and smooth sounds, “Late Nights” finds Genshin dropping off clouded deliveries that fit seamlessly over the effortless sound of the production. With this, he provides listeners with a level of distant emotion, and in the way he rips out each flow, the rising talent is able to capitalize beautifully within the pockets of energy that the production provides. This very style is topped off with fitting visuals courtesy of Ike Bakah, playing on the hypnotic nature of neon lights to illustrate such a mysterious yet compelling sound.
The back end of this release, “Demand Respect”, surrounds Genshin with an ominous feeling, as he flawlessly moves through hazed production. Once matched with the chilling effects of dark blue imagery, this release is enhanced to the next level, and all in all, it works perfectly as the complement to “Late Nights”. If this doesn’t show you that Genshin is ready to help put CT on the map, then I don’t know what will. All I know is that there’s something special brewing in the Connecticut scene, and it’s up to us to pay attention and understand how dope this is.
Watch the visuals for “Late Nights/Demand Respect” below.
By: Seamus Fay
Connecticut’s music scene may not be known as the strongest, but that’s not to say that there are no dope artists there, waiting to be discovered. On Graduation Music, we have just scratched the surface by covering names such as Lonny X and Genshin, but I think we just found another artist that is going to help put CT on the map when the time is right. Courtesy of a well-deserved Pigeons & Planes premiere, I was put onto CT artist Don Zio P just a few weeks ago and his latest anthem, “Hallelujah”. And trust me, before we get into this, I must warn you that you’re about to have this song on repeat all day after your first listen.
In essence, “Hallelujah” is the perfect celebration song for getting to the bag in 2018. No matter what your hustle may be, Don Zio P and Déjà Vu are ready to help you embrace the grind with the perfect song to act as the soundtrack, and if it’s up to them, it’s important to understand that “Ballin has nothing to do with how much money you make but always feeling good when that money comes in.” This very state of mind is reflected wonderfully over cheerful, triumphant melodies and an addicting tropical sound that will hold over well as we head into the spring and distance ourselves from winter.
I could go on about this song all day, but I’ll let you check it out for yourself. Listen to “Hallelujah” below and get hip to two of Connecticut’s rising stars before they blow up.
By: Seamus Fay
Ever since we heard Maka and Durkin connect on their tropical EP, Another Island, it has been a known fact that the two hold an unrivaled chemistry that not many artists know how to bring out. Maybe it’s the complementary nature of their sounds, maybe they’re just on the same page creatively, or maybe it’s something else, but no matter what the trick is, we know that it’s going to be special when these two standout artists join forces. Today, they hit our pages once again with “Blanka” – an anthemic track featuring Maka on the vocals and Durkin on the boards that you simply need to hear.
Surrounded by the naturally-infectious energy that Maka delivers so well, this song finds itself sprinting through rapid flows and memorable lyricism. It’s the kind of release that you start to learn the lyrics to after just one or two listens, and subsequently, holds an abundance of replay value for fans to latch onto. Aside from this, as always seems to be the case, “Blanka” is a reminder of the hit-making abilities of this power duo, dripping in warm-weathered sounds while still holding the ability to be played in any season at any function. With that being said, be sure to give it a listen at the link below and listen to Another Island here!