Gearing up for the release of his debut album on August 25th is 2020’s very own, Kleo, with the official music video for “Live Dirty”.
I’ve been a huge fan of 2020 since Graduation Music’s interview with the Boston-based collective nearly a year and a half ago. Kleo’s “Toyota” was actually responsible for my introduction to this group, and it’s been highly pleasurable being able to witness his growth as both an artist and an individual throughout this period of time.
“Live Dirty” works wonderfully as the first single off of Kleo’s upcoming project due to the fact that the entirety of the album contains a ferocious temperament that’ll have any listener ready to sprint through a brick wall. From start to finish, this is precisely what “Live Dirty” provides. While it may be true that Kleo has taken a bit of a hiatus with respect to the release of new music, it’s safe to say that he’s back and more focused than ever.
Watch the official music video for Kleo’s “Live Dirty” below:
If you’ve been paying attention to the Massachusetts music scene in even the slightest bit this year, you’ll note the narrative surrounding the fact that Brockton has swiftly become the Bay State’s powerhouse with respect to the production of high-caliber music. Seemingly every week some new sounds manage to escape the grasp of the city’s young, prominent artists, and today Premo, Saint Lyor, and Lord Felix are here to add some more flavor into the mix.
“How We Get Here” serves as Premo’s first release in more than 7 months, however this statement doesn’t do justice to the amount of work the Brockton native has been putting in over the course of the year. Working diligently alongside Bodega as a model, Premo is one of the few artists from Massachusetts that has successfully trekked multiple lanes of local art. Much like his eclectic fashion sense, Premo’s ability to piece a song together can be characterized as both innovative and diverse. Similar to both Saint Lyor and Lord Felix, Premo possesses an innate ability to flow meticulously whilst maintaining lyrical formidability throughout — which is something that has ultimately made his discography wonderfully thorough.
Circulating around what it took for these artists to rise into the positions that they’re currently in, “How We Get Here” serves as a reminder for us all to put out heads down and keep working no matter what. In the cases of Premo, Saint Lyor, and Lord Felix — this is exactly what they’ve done to reach the level of artistic mastery that they currently possess. Complete with both beautiful sonic elements and thoughtful purpose, “How We Get Here” is one of the Graduation Music staff’s favorite drops up through this point in the year.
The Brockton group continues to dominate the Massachusetts music scene, and their latest release undoubtedly amplifies the year of success that they’ve been having. The brotherhood has managed to have an already explosive 2019 — from the release of Luke Bar$ and Jiles’ 2 Sides to Lord Felix’s Ultraviolet to Meech’s ‘NineFour, they continue to move with unrelenting force.
Van Buren’s “Live @ the Oberon” is their debut video as a collective, and following its release this past week it’s safe to say that it’s one for the books. The track was produced by Ricky Felix and Kiron, and features an all star Van Buren line up of: Meech, Luke Bar$, Lord Felix, Saint Lyor, and Jiles. The cypher is reminiscent of Odd Future’s Oldie or even A$AP Mob’s Yamborghini High — in that it shows precisely how every member is capable of holding more than their own. While visually opting for a minimal and dimly lit hallway as the backdrop, the strategic choice allows their bars to take center stage.
Although the show at Oberon has been cancelled for the time being, be on the lookout for the next Van Buren performance as it’ll surely be an event that you won’t want to miss.
Watch the official music video for “Live @ The Oberon” below:
Boston’s J Wavy makes his debut onto the Graduation Music site today with the official music video for his highly-addictive single, “New Me”.
The audio for this release dropped a little more than three months ago, however “New Me” has managed to endure the test of time as J Wavy’s delectable, harmonically-rich style of delivery puts the listener into a trance time and time again. It isn’t often that we’re blessed with music that checks off all boxes, but this is exactly where we find ourselves today. Equipped with both intoxicating melodies and lyrical prowess — J Wavy’s skillset is of an extremely high level, and at the young age of 16, it appears as if he’s only just getting started.
Once again, Tanj comes through to provide an incredible visual that takes the song to entirely new heights. If you’ve been paying attention to any of his video work in 2019, you’ll notice two parallels: the first being that he’s one of the most talented videographers coming out of Massachusetts, and the second being that he’s quickly become one of the biggest talent-hunters within the Bay State. With each new project he works on, a brand new artist is put onto our radar, and there aren’t many individuals out here who possess the same effect.
J Wavy is only the latest artist from Massachusetts to construct a formidable sound, so be sure to be on the lookout for what he has coming next.
Watch the official music video for J Wavy’s “New Me” below:
Within the current climate of Hip-Hop/Rap music, we’ve arrived at a point in time where a large percentage of the music that’s being released is both uninspiring and regurgitated. It’s become difficult to find an artist, or artists, who somehow find a way to break the mold and challenge the genre itself, however, today Camp Blood has embarked on the mission towards doing exactly this.
If you’ve been keeping up to date with Haasan Barclay over the course of the last couple of months, you’ll note that he’s been working diligently alongside Shaka Dendy and Matthew Thornton at laying the foundation for what has ultimately become Camp Blood — a Boston-based group which is striving to bring something new to the table. The trio just released their debut single, “Aerosol”, earlier today via Allston Pudding, and following a few listens through the track I’m still attempting to grasp all of the sonic elements that the song provides. Both Haasan and Shaka trade bars back and fourth throughout the entirety of the track as Matthew Thorton lays down a thunderous instrumental which utilizes elements of both punk rock and experimental Hip-Hop music. From the second you press play “Aerosol” takes you on a two and a half minute journey that’s full of high-paced energy.
This track serves as the first single off of Camp Blood’s debut project, Camp Blood, which is set to come out on July 5th, so be sure to give “Aerosol” a listen in order to properly gear up for its release.
Najji Xantana makes his first appearance on the Graduation Music site today with the official music video for “Pacino”.
“Pacino” is a mesmerizing offering that takes its influence from Al Pacino’s Tony Montana character in Scarface. Full of boisterous, braggadocios bars that are delivered in a truly otherworldly fashion — “Pacino” is a highly addictive release that’ll have listeners continuously coming back for more. Whether it’s your first time listening to the song or you’re 100th, “Pacino” seemingly never loses its touch and hits every single time.
Both Ryan Joaquin and Imani Pina put their best foot forward here in order add an additional layer of lovability to “Pacino”, with this release being Najji Xantana’s first official music video. Yet another example of the plethora of talent currently present within the state of Massachusetts, show Najji Xantana some love as I’m sure this won’t be the last time that we hear from him.
Watch the official music video for “Pacino” below:
The iLL Addicts have made a name for themselves through their boisterous energy, unparalleled chemistry, and undeniably fun music — with all of this being perfectly articulated in their brand new music video for “YSL”.
The single debuted towards the end of March this year, and since has been making rounds throughout the internet racking up nearly 100K plays up through this point in time. Each member of the group possesses a strikingly unique personality, however when combined together they unite to produce a force of positive energy that will legitimately put a smile on your face. If you’ve ever been blessed with the opportunity to see them perform live, you’ll know how accurate this statement truly is. Listening to each of their releases can be categorized as more of an experience than simply a listen, and it’s for this reason that I’m sure the iLL Addicts have a bright future ahead. With each passing year their talents have grown exponentially, so be sure to keep them on your radar as they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down their pace.
Making his return to the Graduation Music pages today is Brookline’s Chase Murphy with “Interview” — the second single off of his upcoming EP, Long Winters.
Equipped with buttery vocals and lyricism that’s both undeniably catchy and full of depth – “Interview” is only the most recent release from Chase Murphy that maintains solid sonic structure and substance. This track serves as the fourth official single that he’s put out up through this point in 2019, and with each new release he seemingly unlocks an additional layer of his artistry that had been previously untapped. Chase’s ability to break down his life experience through his musical catalog is truly marvelous, and with that we’re very excited to hear what Long Winters will have to offer.
One of the best combinations that the city of Boston has to offer is Dun Dealy and BoriRock who consistently deliver powerful anecdotes related to street life within some of the city’s core neighborhoods.
The pair made their debut onto the Graduation Music site earlier this year with the official music video for “La Vida”, and are back today with an equally as impressive visual for “24”. Utilizing some captivating production at the hands of Chasey Peralta, both Dun Dealy and BoriRock execute their verses with severe precision, making this track some of the best work that they’ve put out up through this point in their careers. They both possess the ability to paint the scenery surrounding their raps with true precision and authenticity, which in turn has made me an incredibly big fan of their music. Be on the lookout for what they’ve got next to come, as 2019 has proven to be one of their most successful years yet.
The powerful duo of Austin Fair and Hetriks combines once again for a summer anthem titled “Slide”.
The Chicopee native has spent the vast majority of 2019 building up his arsenal of music, with “Slide” being only his second track to be released this year. Despite this, Austin Fair has steadily proven to be one of the most hardworking artists that the state of Massachusetts has to offer. No matter the time or day, you’ll more than likely find Austin at the studio working on his craft. The combination of his artistic talents and his willingness to put the work in have ultimately led to the development of a formidable artist that consistently delivers great music.
“Slide” is the perfect example of this, with the song being full of boisterous, mesmerizing energy that contains a high level of replay value. Hetriks does a truly incredible job at crafting an exhilarating instrumental over which Austin Fair floats with true grace. This pair has proven in the past that they possess a vast amount of chemistry between each other, and “Slide” only helps to reinforce this statement. Be on the lookout for what the Western MA representative has coming next as the year continues.
Boston’s Heath240 makes a triumphant return to the Graduation Music pages today with an extremely energetic offering titled “Off It”.
While the track itself may be less than 2 minutes in length, it contains a vast amount of potency that will surely have listeners coming back for more. Heath240 was an unfamiliar name prior to the release of his track “That’s True” earlier this year, and ever since then he’s been working diligently towards the development of his artistry. Just when you think he might be slowing his pace, he hits you with another fiery release that asserts his dominance. Heath240 is nearly finished with his debut project, The Hometown Hero, so be on the lookout for that as he continues down the path towards success.
One name that certainly doesn’t get enough recognition within the spectrum of Massachusetts artists is Coop, who recently followed up on his successful Runaway album with a brand new single titled “Sorry I’m Not Enough”. Making a name for himself through his usage of raspy, emotionally-charged sounds that take the listener on a sonic adventure, Coop utilizes a slight switch-up in style here that allows for an entirely new range of feelings to be captured.
“Sorry I’m Not Enough” is based around the heart-wrenching feeling that accompanies moments of inequality within relationships. Once we’ve found the person we want to be with, we want to be everything that they’ve ever desired, however Coop details how this isn’t always possible. Coop knows what he wants to strive towards in life, however is met with the difficult moment of realizing that his significant other doesn’t align with his goals and ambitions. Something that many of us can relate to in our own lives — Coop, once again, successfully portrays a moment of reality that can be difficult to comprehend through his music. This is what separates good artists from great artists, and with that being said I’m sure that Coop will achieve monumental things throughout the course of his musical career.