Gio Shyne returns to the Graduation Music site today with perhaps his best piece of work yet — a fiery, well-crafted single titled “Gully”. The 2020 member is a on a mission to gift fans with new music every other week for the remainder of the year, and he’s certainly off to a phenomenal start with this release.
Gliding upon some hyperviolet production, Gio Shyne utilizes “Gully” to let his listeners know how he’s been feeling as of late. He’s on a mission towards the fulfillment of his goals, and is willing to jump over any obstacle he comes across during his journey to success. The development he’s showcased throughout his last several releases has been more than promising, with Gio Shyne quickly rising up the ranks of Massachusetts rappers. He’s going to be releasing a long list of tracks throughout this year, so be sure to tune in now before the takeover begins.
It’s been quite the 2019 so far for artists in Massachusetts, with individuals across the state working tirelessly to gain recognition for their talents. Leading the pack by example has been the city of Brockton. Just a couple of weeks ago, Luke Bar$ and Jiles dropped arguably the most potent project that the state has seen in the last few years. Quickly following in their footsteps is Lord Felix, who’s debut album In Bloom, Forever, is a sonic adventure that puts Brockton art on a pedestal.
The content of this project circulates around the various events that have occurred throughout Felix’s life that have molded him into the individual he currently is. Whether it be tumultuous relationships, the pursuit of his goals, or the things he witnessed throughout his adolescence, one parallel exists — Felix is going to continue to thrive in any situation he’s placed in. No matter the scenario, Lord Felix has an innate ability to find the silver lining, which has ultimately assisted him in becoming an extremely formidable person.
Recruiting some of his closest Brockton collaborators to help perfect the album (Jiles, MEECH, Clyde Black, Luke Bar$, Ricky Felix, and more), Lord Felix excelled at ensuring that each element of this release was meaningful. Each artist featured had some of their best performances on this project, only helping to reinforce the level of talent prevalent within this area.
“Love Is Fleeting, I Promise” serves as the introduction to In Bloom, Forever, and was certainly a favorite amongst the Graduation Music staff. Full of light-hearted, peaceful guitar rifts and a wondrous vocal performance, it’s here where new listeners can grow accustomed to the vibrant “aura” that Lord Felix possesses:
“You know that the aura so infectious // I make sure that you cannot forget me”
Lord Felix – “Love Is Fleeting, I Promise”
One of the most notable aspects of In Bloom, Forever is the seemingly “random” placement of emotion within the track-list. For example “Blue Valentine” is a short offering that serves as almost a vent session for Lord Felix. The single-verse interlude is layered with Felix’s true feelings about the unclear relationship he has with someone, and just as he’s about to let go of the truth, the track swiftly cuts into “Off Fifth”, a braggadocios song where Lord Felix, Notebook P, and Clyde Black talk their shit. After this, “The Worst Summer Ever” begins which is based around the hardships that Lord Felix endured throughout a specific summer. Bouncing back and fourth between seriousness and light-heartedness, Lord Felix’s In Bloom, Forever serves as a microcosm for the impermanence of life. Tomorrow is going to be vastly different than today, and it’s all about embracing this fact so that we can go into the future with our best foot forward.
Lord Felix has been one of the most hardworking artists in the state for years now, and he’s put everything he’s learned and experienced into In Bloom, Forever. Setting the bar absurdly high for artists in Massachusetts from here-on-out, get hip to Lord Felix now before he’s an international icon.
Our latest Weekly Discovery article focuses on England’s SC.undercover, a highly-versatile R&B artist who’s discography centers itself around the many sides of love. We spoke with him about his life and musical career. Check it out below:
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m an R&B artist originally from a small town in England called Walsall
When did you begin making music?
I have always been musically inclined, but I only started writing heavily and creating music seriously in my mid-teens
Who were some of your early influences in life, both musically and non-musically speaking?
Musically, I have always taken influence from Prince because of the level of musicianship he possessed along with his dedication towards his craft.
In life, I am most inspired by those who come from nothing and become something.
How would you describe your music?
I would describe my music as a reflection of life that is created with the intention of providing both relatability and entertainment
Which release of yours is your personal favorite?
“Broke and Sober” holds a special place in my catalog of releases because I wrote it over a two-year period, and it was the first song that initiated my career.
What do you want listeners to get from your music?
As long as my fans take something away from listening to me then that is what matters most to me.
What can we expect to come in 2019?
2019: I hope the world will know my name and music
KMerc recently dropped the official music video for his addictive single, “I’m High”, featuring Kingfrom98. Shot, edited, and directed by Tanj, this visual adds an additional layer of lovability to the Cambridge-native’s already successful release.
Both KMerc and Kingfrom98 were extremely busy in 2018, making use of the year to establish themselves as serious acts within the Massachusetts music scene. The pair have a natural connectivity between one another, so it was only fitting that they joined forces once again to deliver this song.
Watch the official music video for “I’m High” below:
King Kade was first introduced to Graduation Music readers a few weeks back with the release of his Mike Hector-produced song, “ASAP”. He returns today with Grow Up, Go Love Something, a beautifully-orchestrated EP that helps bring the best out of some of Massachusetts’ most notable talents.
Listening through this project is reminiscent of reading a good book — elements of each individual chapter stand-out on their own whilst maintaining a seamless flow throughout. Mike Hector, Pettros, and Halfway were in charge of production on Grow Up, Go Love Something, and each put their best foot forward to achieve a formidable sonic foundation for the entirety of the EP.
Revolving around the various stages of falling in-and-out of love, King Kade takes a pop-infused route towards getting his feelings off of his chest. Featured on Grow Up, Go Love Something are Pettros, FAbzabove, and Patrick Michel, who align with King Kade’s sound in an extremely harmonious fashion. Anyone who’s been reading Graduation Music will recognize FAbzabove and Patrick Michel by name, with their features on this project being some of their most-prominent pieces of work yet.
Grow Up, Go Love Something puts King Kade’s musical capabilities and relentless work ethic on full display. Show the Quincy-native some love as he’s set to have a promising 2019.
Malden-native Che Ecru continues his hot streak — this time with a layered, reflective offering titled “Ms. Money”.
This release is a collage of low-fi raps and powerful, lasting vocals that circulate around Che’s desire for genuine love. He details the almost constant search for his soulmate, however feelings always seem to separate him from what he’s in search of. The SoundCloud biography for this track reads:
“If u hear this, hope you’re doing well. I’m not actually trynna date I was just in my feelings. Here’s the song i should’ve wrote for u when things were good.
I appreciate u.”
Che Ecru on “Ms. Money”
Swarmed by the lonely, regretful emotions that tend to flood people’s minds this time of year, Che Ecru’s “Ms. Money” is an exceptional addition to his discography. His project REJECTION is set to come out this year, so be sure to keep Che on your radar.
Paris graces the Graduation Music site once again, this time with the official music video for his thoughtful track, “Everything Is OK”.
The video for this track does a great job at capturing the essence of this expansive release, which was shot by Tommy Chronic and edited by Paris. Equipped with eye-popping visuals and laid-back dance moves, Paris’ first music video gives viewers a glimpse of the enigmatic individual that he is.
“Everything Is Ok” is an extremely reflective release that circulates around Paris’ previous relationships. Longing to return to the peaceful times that now seem so distant, Paris emphasizes the intensity of the feelings that are currently overwhelming him. At this point in time however, there isn’t much he can do besides learn from his mistakes and move-on. Despite the fact that he may not feel okay in the moment, he understands that everything will work out if he keeps an open mindset and continues pushing forward. A reminder to never take anyone (or anything) for granted, “Everything Is OK” is a truly incredible offering.
Watch the official music video for “Everything Is OK” below: