Rothstein – “Open Water Freestyle” [Prod. Gabe Monro]

Rothstein – “Open Water Freestyle” [Prod. Gabe Monro]

By: Seamus Fay

Rothstein’s latest “Open Water Freestyle” is exactly what it claims to be. Or better yet, it’s everything it needs to be. In just under 3 minutes, the budding talents takes on the dual art of reflection and introspection, picking apart where he is in life, why he is there, and how it makes him feel. No better imagery could represent this than a simple look out onto the open water, as the MA talent’s free-flowing rhymes follow a beautiful, stream-of-consciousness pattern.

Aside from all of this, however, I believe that the best part of the song is the perspective from which it’s told. Rather than speak to his listeners as he might on other songs, Rothstein chooses to look inside this one, making “Open Water Freestyle” seem as though fans are eavesdropping on the inner thoughts that he wouldn’t dare tell anyone else. With lush production from Gabe Monro as the backing to this, “Open Water Freestyle” is as genuine and honest as it gets, making for an incredibly refreshing release that only makes me even more of a fan of Rothstein than I already was.

Sit back and enjoy this freestyle for yourself at the link provided below:

Avenue & Deon Chase – ‘Nightfall’ [Album]

Avenue & Deon Chase – ‘Nightfall’ [Album]

By: Seamus Fay

Just look at 2016’s Mass Ave & Lennox for proof — Avenue is undeniably one of the coldest rappers in Boston right now. Equipped with chilling rhymes and ominous, unforgiving tales of street life, he never fails to paint a vivid picture with his lyrics, and further so, he never misses, holding consistency as perhaps his most deadly weapon. Today, Avenue takes the spotlight back alongside Deon Chase for an incredible new album, Nightfall.

9 tracks long, this project is devoid of any fluff, jam-packing every second with charismatic tales of life after the sun goes down. The features from Hil Holla, Bodega Bamz, and Willie The Kid complement these themes of restlessness and unwavering confidence to an emphatic extent, and the result is a dense project that calls for no extra response other than to be spun back, again and again. Nightfall is the jackpot for storytelling rap, and Avenue & Deon Chase are the hard-earned winners.

Stream the project on Spotify below:

FAbzabove – “Henny Sippa” ft. Donald Grunge & Splash Got’Em [Music Video]

FAbzabove – “Henny Sippa” ft. Donald Grunge & Splash Got’Em [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

If you’re looking for some energy to get you through the week, look no further than FAbzabove’s “Henny Sippa”. Anthemic in its nature and addictive in its excitable presence, this song is making waves all throughout Boston right now, and in order to complement this success, FAbz is here to drop off the accompanying visuals via ELEVATOR. Alongside Donald Grunge and Splash Got’Em, this track is proven to have shut down venues (the video has proof), and the music video is ready to spread this hype from Boston to the rest of the world. 

With this, thanks to direction and videography from the all-star himself, Xandros, “Henny Sippa” perfectly captures the ways in which this release has continuously made waves throughout its city of origin. Each of the three artists on the song are known in Boston for their talents, and the firepower that arises from a collaboration between the trio is simply indescribable — just listen to the verses for proof. I could talk about this song and music video all day long, but the point is, “Henny Sippa” is a rallying point for Boston, so let’s treat it as such.

Check out the ELEVATOR-premiered visuals below!

Produced by Maka

Recorded and Mixed by Triple Beam Brad

YOUNGFACE – “dontwasteyourtime.” [Music Video]

YOUNGFACE – “dontwasteyourtime.” [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

While versatility has always been a commanding theme of write-ups involving YOUNGFACE, I’ve come to realize that storytelling and honesty are just as important in recognizing the skill of his creative process. Rather than talk about the world he wants, he talks about the world he knows, and in keeping it so real with his fans, he achieves the connection of relatability that gives artists longevity. Today, showcasing this, we get to watch the MA native take over headlines with his new music video for “dontwasteyourtime”, as premiered by ELEVATOR. 

While this video is fairly plain, save for some well-executed visual effects, it’s the absence of anything outrageous that places a focus on YOUNGFACE’s talent. He thoroughly explores his emotions with music, and the fact that he doesn’t need to be anything other than himself in order to gain fans just shows why he’s on a rapid ascent to the top. It’s wonderful to see ELEVATOR giving this young talent a premiere opportunity, so show some love and give them a reason to premiere YOUNGFACE’s future releases.

Watch “dontwasteyourtime” at the link below!

Juxi – “Night Time” [Prod. Yungboylez]

Juxi – “Night Time” [Prod. Yungboylez]

By: Seamus Fay

Coming out of Fields Corner, Juxi is a Graduation Music favorite who seems to be dead-set on artistic development. He takes his time between releases and truly works at his craft, resulting in noticeable improvements that push the rising talent just a little closer to his goals, one step at a time. Today, we hear Juxi experiment with some new flows in his latest single, “Night Time”.

Produced by Yungboylez, “Night Time” slows down the pace from some of Juxi’s past singles. It’s a bit less hectic and more focused on bringing forth genuinely infectious energy, which finds itself most directly manifested in the addictive glide of Juxi’s smooth cadences. This track is, as expected, yet another step forward for the Dorchester artist, capping off a strong year of success and stylistic exploration within his art. That said, be sure not to sleep — check out “Night Time” at the link below!

STUDY ABROAD: EDITION #11

STUDY ABROAD: EDITION #11

By: Seamus Fay

As you may have noticed throughout the past few weeks, Graduation Music’s latest venture is a weekly playlist series entitled Study Abroad. Featuring 12 songs by artists beyond the borders of Massachusetts that we’ve been listening to, the aim of this series is to shed light on music from all over the country, expanding our reach and also hipping our readers to the artists that we believe are up next.

Click play on edition #11 of Study Abroad below and peep the tracklist under the link!

Tracklist:

Wiardon – NUMBA1VIKTIM

SakeHands – Goodbye Forever

Cvk. – Amphetamine

Gedaliah  – Delirious

Baby Phace – Heaven

Matty Wood$ – Goodmorning

Jonesy – Aku

WorldOfBrown – 16

Yang – Fruit

Fitzroy. – M’s

Lionheartts – Slam Love Poetry ft. Fitzroy & Yang

SMOOVCHILL – Sol

RAMS – “Myself” [Yuma Beats]

RAMS – “Myself” [Yuma Beats]

By: Seamus Fay

In the best of possible ways, you can never really tell where RAMS is headed next as an artist. He’s always developing and refining his creativity to a point of highly impressive versatility, and today, this takes shape in the form of an anthemic new single, “Myself”. Produced by Yuma Beats, the knocking roll of the drums and the simplistic melodies blend to an addictive extent on this one, and without a doubt, it’s one of RAMS finest displays of ability to date.

Just as reflected on the iconic artwork, “Myself” is focused on success and the adjacent monetary gains, calling upon flex-worthy lyricism from RAMS to match the mood. It is with this single that the Dorchester-bred creative proves to be headed in a fascinating direction with his music, so be sure not to sleep — RAMS is always worth clicking play for. Listen to “Myself” at the link provided below!