Rothstein – “Are You Down” (Prod. DOC)

By: Shamus Hill

Get your designer handkerchiefs ready because Rothstein is back with a brand-new release titled “Are You Down”.

Utilizing some exceptional production at the hands of DOC, Rothstein quite literally floats atop this track as he dwells on whether or not his significant other will remain by his side through both thick and thin. Lyrically speaking, Rothstein has always exhibited brilliance, however he’s truly mastered the ability to evoke incredibly sharp emotion with his vocal work — with “Are You Down” being the perfect example of this. It’s the type of track that’ll launch you into the depths of an emotional rollercoaster, but in the best way possible. Rothstein is far from finished in 2019, so be sure to listen to his latest offering AND check out our interview with the Cambridge talent if you have not yet!

Listen to “Are You Down” below:

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Maka – “Live In Boston” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today with the release of his first music video is Cambridge’s Maka.

“Live In Boston” served as Maka’s debut rap release which hit the streets more than a year ago. Circulating around the monetary motivation that pushes both Maka and his peers, this track is living proof of just how much of a multi-faceted artist he is. Known for his watery, unpredictable flows that take over the mindset of the listener, “Live In Boston” is a wondrous combination of Maka’s usual style and rapping capabilities. Be on the lookout for what he has next to come.

Watch the official music video for “Live In Boston” at the link below:

Shot/Directed by Henry McGowan (Pinkslip Films)

Edited by Imani Pina

Produced by Maka

PLAD Fine$$e – “Pac-Man” (Prod. Mike Hector)

By: Eden Bekele

Roxbury rapper PLAD Fine$$e teams up with Mike Hector to produce his latest track, “Pac-Man”. After an almost year-long hiatus, the rapper has been on a roll, with this release and his single “Pressure”, which released not even a month earlier, the rapper is quite literally applying pressure. 

For those that are familiar with Fine$$e from his earlier work, “Pac-Man” shows consistency and excitement. The track is only two minutes and five seconds, but it packs a tremendous punch. His inherent confidence shines through with his melodic style and effortless flow, making this track an instant hit.  While I was left wishing for a little more from the track, it’s fair to say that the rising talent is working and we’ll be satisfied soon.

From Roxbury to the world, Fine$$e is on the rise and we look forward to seeing what else he has in store. 

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Donald Grunge – “Cowboy Talk” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Graduation Music’s favorite cowboy, Donald Grunge, recruited the talents of John Rawl to assist in bringing his first music video to life.

“Cowboy Talk” served as the intro to Donald Grunge’s debut project, Cowboy Talk, and since its release towards the end of 2018 its remained undeniably formidable. Every single component of it has endured the test of time, with it being arguably the best project to come out of Massachusetts since Cousin Stizz’s Suffolk County. Whatever your opinion may be, one thing persists, and it’s that Donald Grunge refuses to fly under anyone’s radar. Seemingly everyday now he reveals a new snippet of a track that somehow sounds better than the last, and he continuously teases at collaboration projects with some of the Bay State’s finest artists. To say that his 2019 is going to be a successful one would be a vast understatement. We’re tremendously excited to see what he has to offer as the year continues.

Watch the official music video for “Cowboy Talk” below:

Ronny Llama – ‘Give It A Year’

By: Eden Bekele

Making his Graduation Music debut is rapper/producer, Ronny Llama, who recently graced listeners with his first official project, Give It a Year. The project was Llamas second release of 2018, following his first single titled, “Hueman”. 

The Dorchester native is no stranger to the Boston scene, and his project even starts with a promise to put on for the city. Give It a Year sits at 9 tracks — with each being full of pure introspection, lyricism and a proper amount of humor. Llama mixes his lyrical prowess with nostalgic and eery beats throughout, which assist in making even the most emotionless listener feel deeply. From “Ñac Ñac”, where his production and humming is reminiscent of a young Kid Cudi, to “Days I Think of You”, where a heartbroken lover leaves a chilling voicemail — Llama captivates listeners and leaves us wanting more. 

In the two months following the release of the project, Llama has dropped three singles, “What I Do”, “Passive Aggressive”, and “Goodbye”, which collectively make it known that this isn’t the artist to sleep on. His 2019 has been incredibly bright up through this point in time, and we look forward to hearing more from Ronny Llama as he continues his journey towards success. 

Listen to Ronny Llama’s debut album ‘Give It A Year’ below:

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Valley – “Time” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Dorchester’s finest, Valley, graces the Graduation Music site once again with an elegant visual for his brand-new single “Time”.

Throughout the last couple of years, Valley has been able to nestle himself towards the top of the food chain with respect to the music coming out of Massachusetts. His discography is one that is finely-calibrated, with each individual component being of utmost perfection. Following the success of his handful of singles, Valley sought out M9visuals to bring his first music video to life — with everyone involved truly hitting this one out of the park.

Centering itself around life in “Lil Miami”, this release fully embodies the glamorizing presence that surrounds Valley within both his discography and everyday life. He possesses an innate ability to flow meticulously whilst giving listeners a glimpse at his lifestyle — one that straight-up exudes authenticity. Lacing him with some entrancing production once again is Stoop Kid, who’s wondrous ability to craft an instrumental has really taken Valley’s music to an entirely new caliber of success. Relying solely off of the potency present within his music rather than some form of a gimmick, there isn’t a single doubt surrounding the fact that the Dorchester native will quickly become a household name within the Hip-Hop community.

Watch the official music video for “Time” below:

Directed by M9Visuals

Produced by Stoop Kid

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Jxylen – “MAD MEN” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

In preparation for his upcoming SAVE YOURSELF EP, Jxylen just dropped the official audio and visual for his vigorous single, “Mad Men”.

Making proper use of some out-of-this-world production at the hands of Origami Beats, Jxylen wastes no time with respect to hitting listeners with a continuous stream of hard-hitting lyrics. He’s here to claim his stake within the flowering Massachusetts music scene, and this release is a telltale sign that he’s certainly on pace towards doing so. The energy he radiates here is unparalleled, with it being one of our personal favorite drops up through this point in 2019.

Watch the official music video for “Mad Men” below:

“MAD MEN” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO LINK

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