By: Seamus Fay
Mellowgod is just having fun with it, and as a listener, I couldn’t be more entertained. This rising talent made his first appearance on our pages a few months back with the addictive song, “Bankroll”, and today, he’s here to follow it up and take us further into his world with a true-to-self, sauce-filled track entitled “Andy Milonakis”. And trust me — by simply embracing who he is and supplying listeners with an endless supply of quotable punchlines, Mellowgod has some serious replay value on his hands, so let’s delve further into it.
Produced by Owen, “Andy Milonakis” is able to establish its effortlessly cool identity with the backing of a soulful, understated instrumental. The beat on this one never tries to do too much, but instead finds just the right level of melodic energy in order to match Mellowgod’s rhythmic style, and it works perfectly. Gently placing his array of flows on such a well-fit instrumental, we hear the MA native describe his life and personality using a sense of innate charisma, further painting him as an entertainer by nature.
Mellowgod is an incredibly exciting artist coming out of MA right now, so be sure to show some love and check out his newest song at the link provided below!
By: Seamus Fay
When Massachusetts rap comes to mind, one of the first names that should stick out is Millyz – a Cambridge-hailing talent who, through the power of dense lyricism and an uncompromising sound, is currently working his way to the top, one song after another. The last time that Millyz made his way to the Graduation Music pages was with the powerful offering, “Strong”, alongside Big Leano, and while we’ve had this one repeat since its release, Millyz is here to bring in the new and keep our heads turned with a brand new heater by the name of “Strawberry Goya”.
Previewed on social media a few weeks back, the anticipation for this one has been quite apparent. Its release marks a huge push for Millyz, as this song should tell you above all things that he’s ready to take the top — and notably so, no one can get in the way of that. “Strawberry Goya” provides an absolute monster of a beat for Millyz to snap over, and by exploring his full arsenal of flows and intricate wordplay, MA’s own is able to push his artistry and place “Strawberry Goya” on the mantle as one of his finest works of music to date.
Millyz has been putting in countless hours at the studio, and this song is a fruit of such intense labor. Be sure to show some love and check it out at the link provided below!
By: Seamus Fay
A few weeks back, Cam Meeks blessed our pages with a brand new 4-track EP, Yellow. Short in length yet massive in presence, this project helped to provide the perfect soundtrack for the transition into fall, looking towards Meekins’ signature, easygoing sound to fully illustrate the ways in which the LA-by-way-of-Boston native has been living as of late. That said, while Cam Meekins is making some of the best music of his career at the moment, it only makes sense that he blesses us with some accompanying visuals. Right on time, the budding talent is here today to unveil a music video for the final cut on Yellow, “Fadeaway”.
Taking to the barren yet gorgeous imagery of the desert for this one, the latest release from Meekins finds him fully ingrained in the addictive melodies of the song. The way that the visuals so perfectly match the sonic direction of “Fadeaway” show a keen eye for detail, and further so, it reminds fans that Meekins is shooting for an incredibly high bar of quality and will accept no less. As if Yellow wasn’t already good enough, this video should tell you why you need to be a fan of the MA-bred artist, so be sure not to sleep.
Sit back and click play on “Fadeaway” at the link provided below
Directed and shot by @zelthegoat
Edited by @curwynhenry
Song produced by Kyle Beats
By: Shamus Hill
It’s always a joy when new artists are featured on the Graduation Music site, which is exactly what is occurring today with the Duxbury-based band, Surfliner. This self-titled release is a song that “was made for listening to in the rain”, however, also captures the feels given off on a warm, bright day. “Surfliner” is not only beautifully written by Tyler Wyatt and Alex Gonzalez, but features the astounding instrumentation of guitar, bass, and drums at the hands of Tyler Wyatt. Sam Worley helps puts the cherry on top with his tranquil, yet uplifting vocals, making this track out to be one of the band’s most potent releases to date.
“Surfliner” largely deals with the group’s hectic state of being at this moment in time, and how life has been seemingly drawing them all over the place. As they continue to work towards the completion of their goals, the ease of things begins to move towards the horizon, and new challenges begin to move in their direction. While this may be viewed upon as tumultuous to many, Surfliner finds solace in what’s been on-going. They understand that they’re en route towards their destiny, and that with time, things will begin to fall into place. A beautiful composition that centers itself around meaning and hope, “Surfliner” is another fantastic release to come out of Massachusetts.
I was very grateful to come across Surfliner’s music, but at the same time was disappointed that I hadn’t listened to it at an earlier point in life. While only having a total of three songs currently available on Spotify/Bandcamp, Surfliner still possess a discography full of high-quality music that is worthy of your attention. These guys don’t leave any variable up to chance, and whole-heartedly deliver fans pieces of work that are both well-thought-out and carefully crafted. The feeling given off from their songs is nothing short of uplifting, something which I’m sure will continue to draw fans their way. If you find yourself in the Amherst-area on October 26th, Surfliner will be having a show at the Amherst VFW, so definitely show out if you’re messing with their sound.
Listen to Surfliner’s self-titled release below:
By: Seamus Fay
At this point in time, Graduation Music has been alive and well for over two years. Throughout this time, I’ve seen many artists that I covered in the very beginnings blossom into some truly outstanding talents, and naturally so, seeing the process of progress and evidence of growth is both a privilege and an inspiration. One name who has clearly grown and continued to dial into his sonic sweet spot is an act by the name of FABZ Above. Today, he’s here to push this sentiment one step further with a brand new song entitled “Break” — and with much thanks and honor, we here at Graduation Music received the opportunity to premiere it.
That said, “Break” is precisely the head-banging, anthem-minded offering that FABZ Above is able to discover his full potential within. Something between the bellowing vocals and energetic deliveries simply connects with listeners, and as shown in his previous catalog standouts, we see the upside of the Boston native in its most undiluted form when he puts the full scope of both his talent and raw exuberance on display. If there’s anyone who knows how to exert power and impact behind his words, it’s FABZ Above, and “Break” is proof.
Add all this atop some Earth-shaking production from David Walker, and you’ve got yet another dope song to add to FABZ Above’s reputation of prowess. If you’re not already hip to this rising act, then I advise you to experience the ceiling-less potential of FABZ by clicking play on his latest at the link below:
By: Seamus Fay
In my two years writing for Graduation Music, Brockton has always held it down on the music side of things. Not only is the raw talent already there, but the work ethic and dedication toward growth is also hyper-apparent, leading to some incredibly promising developments from several native acts — one of which is Saint Lyor. While we haven’t heard new music from Lyor in a minute now, today, he’s here to break the silence with a new song named “Crawl”. And if there’s anything that will show that Lyor is back and better than ever, it has to be this one.
Produced by Kiefer, “Crawl” is one of the most refreshing offerings that I’ve heard out of Massachusetts all year. Saint Lyor raps with a profound clarity, letting out true-to-self lines that maintain a strong, soulful presence throughout the song’s entire duration. Adding fuel to the fire, the jazzy instrumentation is gorgeous in every way, and if anything, “Crawl” should remind you why Brockton is home to numerous up-next artists. Saint Lyor is helping to lead the pack by setting a high bar for quality, so be sure to get hip by clicking play on his latest at the link provided below!
Engineered by @SahmeerOdies
By: Seamus Fay
If you’ve been following Graduation Music for some time now, it goes without saying that you’re hip to one of the city’s youngest yet brightest stars, Mizzie CA$H. This buzzing name has been on fire over the past year or so with numerous standout releases, and by way of head-spinning flows and brutally honest lyricism, he has to be one of the realest artists out there right now. Today, Mizzie shows us why all signs are pointing to the top with a brand new release entitled “PSA Freestyle”.
And if we’re considering this one a PSA, then it should communicate to fans that Mizzie CA$H isn’t slowing down for anyone — and more than anything, he’s not rapping for fame, but he’s rapping out of truth. Mizzie’s rhymes are rapid-paced while his precision is unmatched, exhibiting a level of lyrical acrobatics that few rappers are truly capable of these days. The accompanying visuals perfectly fit the charismatic tone of the song, as scenes of Mizzie and his team grace the screen over a hard-nosed beat that’s sure to get stuck in your head all day long. “PSA Freestyle” is a declaration toward success for Mizzie CA$H, so show some love and check it out below!
Shot by R.E Films