Chez x Greedy P x Xagi Yung – “Recipe” [Prod. Rellwthewavecap x .vdot]

Chez x Greedy P x Xagi Yung – “Recipe” [Prod. Rellwthewavecap x .vdot]

By: Shamus Hill 

Making their debut onto the Graduation Music site today are GMD Sounds-affiliates, Chez, Greedy P, and Xagi Yung, with the release of their latest video, “Recipe”. New Bedford is quickly becoming one of the Bay State’s hottest pockets for music, with “Recipe” being yet another high-caliber release to come from the area in recent memory.

I was hip to Greedy P’s name from back when he featured on Caliph’s “Right Now” earlier this year, but “Recipe” was actually my first time hearing from Chez and Xagi Yung. Both offered exceptional verses on this track, with Chez utilizing a variety of meticulous cadences, and Xagi Yung making his presence known with addictive melodies. Greedy P stood strong on “Recipe” as well, making sure to take some time to come correct with concrete bars. 

Major props to Bridgez (@bridgez15) who, once again, did a wondrous job on these visuals. If you haven’t before, feel free to glance over some of his past releases as he’s made sure to work with some of the elite artists that New Bedford has to offer. If there’s one thing to put on your New Year’s resolution list for 2019, it’s to keep the city of New Bedford on your radar. With artists such as Chez, Greedy P, Xagi Yung, Caliph, Dave Wayne, and many more pushing out high-quality music, only bright things are to come in the future. 

Watch the video for “Recipe” down below 


Shot by: @bridgez15 

Music by: Chez, Greedy P & Xagi Yung 

Production by: Rellwthewavecap & .vdot


Suriel – “Real Life” [Music Video]

Suriel – “Real Life” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill 

Returning to the Graduation Music site today is Suriel, this time with the video for “Real Life” which is brought to us by Hustle.™, a local lifestyle brand based out of Massachusetts. 

“Real Life” was one of my most-listened to tracks off of Suriel’s stellar project, Blank Slate, so I’m thrilled that it was the first record to receive a visual treatment. Hustle™ was the perfect choice for collaboration here, with the message behind “Real Life” being that the ambition to hustle is the only way we’ll get over our tumultuous pasts to achieve our goals in the future. Bringing new life to Blank Slate, this video is only going to further the narrative that Suriel is poised to have a successful 2019.  

Watch the official visuals for Suriel’s “Real Life” down below:

Directed by: Trevor Finney 

Music by: Suriel 

Presented by: Hustle.™

Mike Fellow – “SOUNDWAVES | UNTITLED” [Music Video]

Mike Fellow – “SOUNDWAVES | UNTITLED” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill 

Putting an exclamation point on his HOT WINGS EP is Newton’s Mike Fellow following the release of his “SOUNDWAVES | UNTITED” visuals. This video encompasses two of the tracks that were featured on HOT WINGS, “SOUNDWAVELIVEFOREVER” and “UNTITLED”, and does a phenomenal job at portraying the feelings derived from each. 

Will Haworth (@sherylcrowbar) was charged with the task of both directing and editing this video, and it’s safe to say that he was the perfect individual for the job. The introduction of the video features “SOUNDWAVELIVEFOREVER”, which was the first song off of Mike Fellow’s project. The visuals perfectly align alongside the gritty, yet poised attitudes displayed by Fellow throughout the song, as scenery includes the rising talent performing at his EP release party as well as him and his tight-knit group of friends roaming the streets of Boston. While the overall feeling of the track lies somewhere around ambiance and the state of being mellow, the lyrics speak to an entirely different truth. Fellow is more than aware of what he’s had to overcome to reach the point he’s at, and with this knowledge, he’s prepared to take that leap to successfully follow the path that lays in front of him. 

“UNTITLED” is the second track that is featured in this video, and it’s here where Mike Fellow is shown grubbing on some wings and working on music in a friend’s basement. This portion of the video does a great job at displaying the nonchalant/unbothered attitudes that are exhibited by Mike Fellow throughout both his Hot Wings EP and the remainder of his discography. Fellow has the innate ability to concrete flows that keep listeners coming back for more, and he doesn’t cast a shadow of doubt over anything that he does. It’s this persistent, formidable attitude that will assist him in seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 

That said, the “SOUNDWAVES | UNTITLED” visuals are here to bring an entirely new sign of life to the Hot Wings EP. This project is one of my personal favorites to come out of the state of Massachusetts this year, so definitely be sure to set some time aside in order to give it a listen. 

Watch “SOUNDWAVES | UNTITLED” below



Shot by: Will Haworth

Music by: Mike Fellow

Maeko – “FLUX”

Maeko – “FLUX”

By: Shamus Hill 

Making an eye-catching return to the Graduation Music site today is an artist named Maeko, with the first release off of his unending project, Getting Still. And yes, you read that correctly — the project will be unending. “FLUX” serves as the debut “inStillment” off of Getting Still, and, following the first listen-through, it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that the Boston artist won’t be wasting any time producing content that’s enriched with depth. 

When asked about the ideology behind Getting Still, Maeko said: 

“Musically, this project will continually represent how I am changing my approach to life, as well as my day to day, in order to get inspired, focused, and, most importantly, still within. With ‘Getting Still’, I’m interested only in capturing the sounds and styles I am evolving into – and out of – on the way to my next album or endeavor. In a world of constant change, we all need to find stillness within. FLUX marks the beginning of that lifelong journey.”

“FLUX” almost sounds like an older version of Maeko speaking to a younger version of himself. While he’s still a young adult, Maeko has gained a great deal of knowledge throughout his human experience thus far, and his latest shows recognition of the importance of continuously learning and adjusting one’s perception. On “FLUX” he genuinely wants listeners to digest some of the lessons that he’s come across during his 25 years on Earth, all of which are delivered in an incredibly entertaining manner. It is with this talent that Maeko makes use of abstract lyrics to really allow listeners to take what he’s saying and apply it to their own situations, and even if you aren’t going through the exact same set of circumstances that he is enduring, you can still pull away something from “FLUX” that will ultimately better your life. 

The overarching message behind both this track and Getting Still as a whole is becoming “still”, or achieving balance and clear-focus throughout all aspects of life, as Maeko deems it. While this is a goal that’s extremely difficult to achieve (especially given the climate of the world in which we live), it’s all about the journey. Keeping that goal in mind no matter what it is that we’re doing is what Maeko wants us to remember. 

Listen to Maeko’s latest release, “FLUX”, down below: 

Connis – “Introvert” (Prod. babygoat) MUSIC VIDEO

Connis – “Introvert” (Prod. babygoat) MUSIC VIDEO

By: Shamus Hill 

The transformative ability of BT Livin to translate wonderful music into exceptional visuals has been put on display yet again, this time with Connis and babygoat for “Introvert”. Arguably one of the most potent releases out of the Cambridge-native this year, “Introvert” is a testament to the fact that Connis is staying true to himself as he pursues his dreams. 

One of Connis’ standout attributes is how he’s able to construct bars full of meaning that are incredibly fun to listen to. With lines like “I don’t be chasing with soda boy, I just been chasing this dream my whole life”, and “Everybody got the drip now, I’m just rapping till’ the pipe burst”, it becomes overwhelmingly evident that Connis is willing to go against the grain in order to see his goals through. His primary focus is developing within himself rather than following the opinion of the masses, and with that being said, “Introvert” is a shining example of how he’s making strides towards completing this mission. 

Big shoutout to babygoat for coming through with frosty production that allows Connis to really exhibit why his artistry is not to be messed with. “I didn’t hear that babygoat tag in the intro first, BABYGOAT, oh there it is, that’s my shit forreal” echoes Connis at the beginning of the track, showcasing how highly the Cambridge-artist thinks of the young producer. Anytime his name is attached to a song, it instantaneously becomes a “must listen”, and as he continues to work with more and more talented individuals, his skill set has only continued to successfully develop. Living proof the fact that Boston possesses both talented rappers AND producers, the future of the music scene in our city is looking brighter than ever. 

Watch the official video for the Connis’ “Introvert” below:

Produced by @babygoat617

Directed by @spaceysim // Shot by @bt.livin

Briefcvse – “Collected Fragments” (Prod. Christian Yoon & James)

Briefcvse – “Collected Fragments” (Prod. Christian Yoon & James)

By: Shamus Hill 

Anyone that’s familiar with Jamaica Plain’s Briefcvse is aware of the fact that he’s an individual in possession of an immense amount of talent. Lyrically-speaking, his skillset is unparalleled, and since his last release, “Edits”, it’s overwhelmingly apparent that he’s showing no signs of stopping. Today, Briefcvse blesses the Graduation Music pages with “Collected Fragments”, a 6-minute-long offering that pieces together four short songs into a masterful piece of work.

If Briefcvse’s discography were to be summarized into one word, I would have to say it’d be honesty. Never once has he shied away from inserting his truest self into his music, which has ultimately become something that has, and will continue, to draw listeners towards his direction. Describing the ideology behind “Collected Fragments”, Briefcvse states:

Collected Fragments is a compilation of four short songs put together into one. Each of these songs are expanded entries from my mood journal put together with different short interludes and foley. It is the closest thing to a musical representation of the inner workings of my brain.

With each release, Briefcvse details the profound instances within his life that have served as major learning points for him. “Collected Fragments” touches upon the aches and pains that the 2020-member has endured on his journey towards becoming the person he’s dreamed of. While accepting the fact that he is by no means “perfect”, he also understands that he can only learn from the trials and tribulations of the past. He’s destined for greatness, and as he continues to follow the good omens of his life, Briefcvse is sure of the fact that he will achieve exactly what it is that he’s supposed to accomplish.

In addition to Briefcvse, there were a handful of other individuals that helped bring “Collected Fragments” to life. Big ups to Christian Yoon and James for perfectly concocting a variety of instrumentals that helped achieve the somber, yet hopeful sound that’s prevalent throughout this release. In addition to them, both Rachel Oswald and Jenny Nguyen knocked it out of the park with their contribution to the “Collected Fragments” cover art, which was incredibly appropriate for the musical content at hand. Briefcvse has always had a knack for incorporating his talented friends into the art that he puts out, and following the release of  “Collected Fragments”, both Briefcvse and his group of friends are really showcasing the fact that they have something to bring to the table. Major shoutout to everyone that was involved with this release.

Listen to Briefcvse’s latest release “Collected Fragments” down below:

Ven – ‘Ventige’ EP

Ven – ‘Ventige’ EP

By: Shamus Hill 

Making his debut onto the Graduation Music pages today is Boston’s own, Ven, with the release of his two-song EP titled Ventige. I was first introduced to the tranquil-sounding rapper by the homie Sammy over at Selfmade Designs, and since diving into his music there’s been absolutely no turning back. Following the drop of Ventige, it’s apparent that Ven is willing to do whatever it takes to prove to everyone around him that he has what it takes to see his goals through.

That said, dubbing himself as the “Basquiat of the rap game”, Ven is on a mission to transform aspects of hip-hop’s original roots into some new art that entangles itself within the current fabric of modern culture. What really drew me towards Ven’s music at first was the nonchalant feeling that can be derived from both his raps and melodies. As one continues to listen deeper into his discography though, the seriousness of his wordplay begins to be revealed, and despite facing choppy seas during specific periods of his life, Ven has come out the other end unscathed, fully prepared to share his experiences with the world. As the young rapper continues to develop as time progresses, it’s going to be exciting to witness how his musical abilities grow.

Don’t hesitate to show Ven some love on his latest project, especially considering that he’s living proof of the fact that our area is only continuing to blossom. As new artists emerge from the cracks on the daily, the future of the music scene in the state of Massachusetts is only getting brighter. If you find yourself liking the sound present on Ventige, I highly recommend taking the time to listen-through Ven’s prior project titled U • FAME • ISMS, as it offers feels which are very reminiscent of this release.

Stream OfficialVen’s new EP titled Ventige below: