Leano – “Dark” [Prod. Twayne The Kidd]

Leano – “Dark” [Prod. Twayne The Kidd]

By: Seamus Fay

Simply put, receiving new music from Leano is always a blessing considering the seemingly endless supply of hits that the Boston native holds. Not once has he ever let up the full court pressure and given us a song that was sub-par in any sense, and today, he maintains this flawless streak of music with an ominous single, “Dark”. Produced by Twayne the Kidd, who also garnered credits on “Talk Show” and “Two” off of Packula, we see the power duo join forces yet again in a remarkably hard-hitting song that I’ll be keeping on repeat for months to come.

That’s being said, Leano’s confident, haunting presence when on the mic makes for a scary sight. He gets to the point without dancing around what he’s trying to say, and in “Dark”, we find Leano money-minded as ever as he details his hustle. Each line is delivered with a calculated allure, shedding light on the lifestyle around trapping and Leano’s ability to kill someone in the dark, if need be, thanks to his newly-acquired flashlight. His deeply-engrained dedication to the trap is something that listeners find to be one of Leano’s signature characteristics, which we see on full display through quotable lines such as the ever-important “When I trap, know I’m trapping from the heart”.

“Dark” is quite possibly one of this Boston star’s finest offerings to date, so be sure not to sleep. Stream the song on Spotify at the link below!

Dpg Davo – “Playing Games”

Dpg Davo – “Playing Games”

By: Seamus Fay

Let it be known that at the very heart of Graduation Music is music discovery. It’s always a pleasure when we have the opportunity to put our readers onto brand new, fairly undiscovered music from Massachusetts, and today, we present our newest find — an artist named Dpg Davo and his stellar new single, “Playing Games”. Shown to me by none other than the music discovery Michael Jordan, @Gregisonfire, this song shows immense potential from the Medford native, so lock in as we delve further into it.

The purpose of “Playing Games”, as outlined by Davo, is to create an anthem for those who deal with shorties playing games. Lyrically, we watch the young artist weave throughout addictive melodies with a never-ending supply of bars and relentless flows, all of which present ample evidence as to just how skilled Davo really is. He provides fans with a wildly-entertaining listen that is fit to be played on repeat for hours on end, and all in all, this could definitely be taken into consideration as a song of the summer coming out of Massachusetts.

That being said, get hip to the sky-high potential of Dpg Davo and let loose “Playing Games” at the link below!

Blackheart – “Heart Black” [Dir. Gregisonfire]

Blackheart – “Heart Black” [Dir. Gregisonfire]

By: Seamus Fay

After making his debut on Graduation Music just a few weeks ago with the stellar project, WOE, Blackheart is already back in the spotlight today with a much-needed visual companion for “Heart Black”. To make things even better, he calls on our good friend, @gregisonfire, to bring this hard-nosed offering to the screen, and the result is nothing short of a magical set of visuals for our eyes to feast on. Despite this being only Blackheart’s second appearance on our pages, you can trust me when I say he’s doing more than just making his presence known with his newest tape and video.

The nature of “Heart Black” itself is a clear look into the internal struggle that the Brockton native endures from day to day. His undiluted emotions are communicated through powerful vocals, which only receive extra strength using the bellowing production courtesy of JGONTHEKEYS. Add all of this to darkened forest scenery and hypnotic effects, and you have a video that seamlessly brings the emotional journey of “Heart Black” to life.

Click play at the link below and if you haven’t already, listen to Blackheart’s mixtape, WOE, here!

Shot & Edited by Gregisonfire
Produced By JGONTHEKEYS
Mixed & Mastered by Humbeats

theworldbirdie – “ARTx Intro” [Music Video]

theworldbirdie – “ARTx Intro” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill 

Making his debut onto the Graduation Music site today is an artist going by the name theworldbirdie with the video for his latest single, “ARTx Intro”. Directed by former UMass Amherst student, Alexander Hagani, the pair joined forces to deliver us some exceptional visuals, which grasp both the meaning and the overarching feeling of the song tremendously well.

This music video was actually my very first taste of theworldbirdie’s music, and I’m thrilled to say that the Cape-native is yet another addition to the mixing pot of talented artists from Massachusetts. “ARTx Intro” has this sort of meditative, shimmering touch that has its roots set in theworldbirdie’s criss-crossing thoughts. He opens up about how his self-confidence flutters from left to right, how his past shapes his future, and how he’s on a seemingly never-ending journey towards solace. All of this is delivered over a smooth, melodic instrumental that’s perfect for this beautiful time of year. I’m only one song in, but theworldbirdie’s artistry is truly shining through with “ARTx Intro”.

I can’t commend Alex Hagani enough for his role in bringing theworldbirdie’s vision to life. The extremely talented pair aren’t finished here either, with another music video AND a 3-part interview series set to come out during the coming weeks. I’m ecstatic to see what their next move is going to be, as theworldbirdie is on a mission to prove to the world that he’s got what it takes to blossom as an artist.

Peep the video for “ARTx Intro” down below:

 

Weekly Discovery: KYSLINGO

Weekly Discovery: KYSLINGO

By: Seamus Fay

Music discovery, at face value, is essentially just a hunt for all of the hidden gems that people tend to miss. Once one of these gems is brought to the spotlight, new opportunities arise for artists and those small gems are able to graduate to a larger scale of operation. One of my personal favorite recent discoveries is that of KYSLINGO — a Maryland artist currently trailblazing his own path in pursuit of this further graduation.

Marked by a trunk-rattling concoction of melodic bass kicks, KYSLINGO’s sound is like nothing else I’ve heard. He communicates deep emotion by weaving through monstrous instrumentals, providing listeners with a remarkably raw, intoxicating sound. In such a way, he also possesses immense consistency with his art, so much so that at this point, it’s only a matter of time until we’re hearing the name KYSLINGO everywhere.

That being said, we here at Graduation music had to get the buzzing artist on our pages for a Weekly Discovery. You can read our conversation with KYSLINGO below.


To start off, where are you from? What was your childhood like?

Easton, Maryland. Eh, it was ight. Just been to alotta schools — that shit never fun.

Many listeners considered your sound to be the trailblazer for an entirely new genre of rap. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music?

Just like that.

Your SoundCloud profile picture shows Paris Hilton carrying a pink cellphone. What’s going on there?

I can’t really explain it but I feel like that pic.

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What are your main sources of inspiration? When sitting down to write a song or make a beat, what keeps you going?

Most of the time I drink to create, but everything is usually based off strong emotion. I gotta feel it. Nothing is forced. No specific person or nun like that inspires me. I just wanna be great like everyone else.

Five years from now, where do you want to be both musically and as a person?

Musically, I know imma be above all these niggas, I already am. But as a person, Imma be the same.

What can fans expect from KYSLINGO in the remainder of 2018?

Hits. Only.


Connect with KYLSINGO on:

Twitter
Instagram
SoundCloud

Gio $hyne – “Insane” [Prod. Christian Yoon]

Gio $hyne – “Insane” [Prod. Christian Yoon]

By: Shamus Hill 

Following a nine-month-long hiatus from releasing music, Gio $hyne returns to the Graduation Music pages today with his latest track “Insane”, which features production at the hands of Christian Yoon. 2020 is one of my favorite collectives of artists in the area, so naturally, I was thrilled when I saw that both Gio and Christian had combined efforts here. The mysterious, ominous sound emitted from the underlying instrumental perfectly suites Gio’s style, making “Insane” a new favorite of mine from the Dorchester-native.

Compact full of bars referencing Boston nights, fashion, and even other members of 2020, “Insane” ultimately becomes a moment for Gio to speak on his life as of late. Despite, at times, feeling like he’s going “insane” and losing control of what’s around him, Gio takes some time to realign his thoughts, and enjoy the spare moments when his homies are around. We all reach periods of time where we feel helpless and unsure of the future, but it’s important not to get lost in that, and find moments of solace however possible. Being surrounded by close friends and the city of Boston, Gio $hyne is here to speak on that solace.

Listening through Gio’s discography, it’s easy to note the amount of growth his music has undergone since beginning to release music over a year ago. He possesses this nonchalant, alluring sound that fits seamlessly over numerous styles of production. One thing, in particular, I really love about Gio’s artistry is his ability to adapt to different sounds, which, at least over the last year, has become customary for him. I’m really looking forward to what his next release will be sounding like. If you haven’t yet, definitely check out our interview with Boston’s 2020 here.

Listen to Gio $hyne’s “Insane” down below:

 

Graduation Music’s Fresh Four

Graduation Music’s Fresh Four

By: Seamus Fay

Thanks to a quick-filling submission email address as well as endless DMs, it seems like every day now we’re being put onto brand new talent from the Boston area that deserves shine on our website. It can be tough to keep up with, and especially recently, we’ve been receiving too much new heat to even keep an eye on.

That being said, in order to organize things and make sure that our readers are always seeing some of our favorite new artists, we put together a short compilation of our 4 most impressive recent submissions. Read all about it below and be on the lookout for more editions of Fresh Four in the future!


Andy Poorhol – “Mud Munkei” [Prod. Jerm Sherman]

The first of the bunch comes from Andy Poorhol, who just released a single entitled “Mud Munkei” that might even be better than his already-incredible rap name. Produced by Graduation Music favorite, Jerm Sherman, we just couldn’t pass up on the infectious nature of this one. Poorhol drops off a dense lyrical performance that remains untouched in its passionate deliverance of the truth, and all in all, “Mud Munkei” is a beautifully honest offering that everyone should hear.

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Trey Moore – Things We Feel

Trey Moore is an unbelievably versatile artist that I had previously never heard of, but with his newest project, Things We Feel, there’s no skipping right over this special talent. The advanced artistry and sonically cohesive nature of his latest full-length piece is nothing short of remarkable, especially when complemented by the gracious sounds of his groove-filled beats. Add all of this to an infectious voice, and you have a gorgeous style that marks Trey Moore as an artist to look out for in the future.

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A.B. Soarin x FreshFromDE x MizzotheO – “All There” [Prod. Jus Clide]

Coming straight off of The Leftovers mixtape, the song “All There” from A.B. Soarin and FreshFromDE supplies us with a well-deserved collaboration between the dynamic duo and Boston artist MizzotheO. Each artist clearly feeds off the energy of one another on this banger of an offering, and the hard-hitting yet soulful production from Jus Clide ties the loose ends and brings this one to the next level. We hear lyrics about ambition and hustle coexist in one, well-executed atmosphere, only to be marked as a banger by the exuberant deliveries showcased during the hook.

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Trezavelii – One Way Ticket

We’ve covered Trezavelii on our pages before, and it seems like every time I hear his latest music I’m simply blown away by the growth he has undergone as an artist. On the Boston talent’s latest 5-track mini project, One Way Ticket, he shows off an arsenal of tightly wound flows and lyrical prowess, all of which never cease to impress. The brutally honest aspect of this release shows fans the life that the young talent lives without any sort of filter, and the hunger that Trezavelii delivers when on the mic remains unmatched. Don’t sleep on this gem of a tape.