Austin Fair & Hetriks – ‘413’ [Mixtape]

Austin Fair & Hetriks – ‘413’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Austin Fair is a workhorse. His undying supply of passion and wholeheartedly inspiring hunger towards making it in rap never goes unnoticed on our pages, and today, he’s back yet again with a brand new mixtape alongside producer Hetriks entitled 413. But it doesn’t feel like enough to simply say that this is Austin Fair’s return to Graduation Music – he’s back, but he isn’t the same as he used to be. This time around, Fair is brought forth with a vengeance, even coming with an improved artistry and clear ambition that he communicates throughout the tape. If there’s any collection of music that shows just how dedicated Austin Fair is to his art, it has to be 413.

That being said, the collaborative effort between the young talent and producer Hetriks on this one contributes greatly to the identity of the tape. The two find an emphatic degree of chemistry in which they operate and grow within, and by taking a few risks while maintaining the reputation and threshold of quality that Fair has become known and loved for, they join forces in the most impressive, productive ways possible. Each new song fits perfectly within the sonic sweet spots that the Chicopee representative has discovered, marking 413 as an undeniably consistent mixtape to kick the summer off with.

Chicopee has a star in the form of Austin Fair, so be sure to click on his newest full-length offering at the link below:

MosGenerous – ‘The Omnividual’ [Mixtape]

MosGenerous – ‘The Omnividual’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Scrolling through my emails earlier this morning, I stumbled upon an artist by the name of MosGenerous and his newest mixtape, The Omnividual. Hailing from Dorchester, this young talent initially struck me most by providing such a comprehensive collection of music. His creativity is stretched to wide ranges and brought to new heights throughout each of the 12 tracks featured on this one, and by providing himself a limitless ceiling in terms of where he could bring his creative direction, MosGenerous possesses an unbelievably advanced artistry in all aspects of his music.

That being said, The Omnividual sets itself aside as such an eccentric mixtape due to its extensive exploration of the mind of such a fascinating individual. The Dorchester native brings an unapologetic image of his ideologies to fruition without ever falling to a lack of authenticity, and in doing so, also showcases his lyrical prowess and special knack for picking just the right beats to soundtrack just the right moments. Furthermore, this depth-filled offering is one of the more interesting and complex releases that I have had the pleasure of listening to as of late, and I encourage all of our readers to give it a spin.

MosGenerous is creating some truly passionate music, so show some love and listen to his latest full-length effort at the link below:

Kadeem – “The Game Is The Game” [Mixtape]

Kadeem – “The Game Is The Game” [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Life is an interesting force. Unpredictability is a virtue that leads us all down our respective roads and decisions (both good and bad) are the pockets of choice that contribute to these routes. No artist sums it up better than Kadeem in his latest project fittingly titled, The Game Is The Game. Life is life no matter how you want to look at it, and this tape both skillfully and efficiently executes a deep understanding of what its title means through the eyes of soul-targeting production from $lumLord.

7 tracks long, the newest release from this Mattapan native displays his rhymes in their purest form. Every beat, every bar, and every descriptive exploration into the decisions that create the life he lives is thoughtfully hand-picked, and no aspect of The Game Is The Game makes it more unique than the bellowing professions of brutal honesty that it brings to the table. The fact of the matter is that with this project, Kadeem isn’t trying to boil life down to a few simple lessons. He takes life’s complexity by the neck and paints its inner conflict in a magnificent light, only to be translated through lyricism and sound into an unapologetic lesson of what his years on this Earth have taught him.

That being said, there’s no simple way to tackle this one and turn it into a simple blog post, as the music does more justice than words can capture. Although this project has been long-awaited, Kadeem has aged like fine wine and he proves to be at the top of his game with this one. Give it a listen at the link below:

cWave$ – ‘Loading…’ [Mixtape]

cWave$ – ‘Loading…’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Here at Graduation Music, cWave$ has been on our radar as one of the eccentric, promising young artists in the Boston area. His music never fails to impress as both hypnotic and dense in the aesthetics that it brings to the light, and in this way, his catalog has grown to become one of the best-kept secrets in the area. Today, cWave$ is here to prove his prowess with yet another spectacular new release – a mixtape by the name of Loading…  featuring stellar guest spots from Stripes III and Dex LaMurda as well as an abundance of atmospheric production to light the way.

As the title entails, this rising talent’s artistry always seems to be growing and developing, and no body of work could prove this fact better than the 10 tracks that his newest offering brings to the spotlight. No moment is anything short of entertaining, sticking to cWave$’ unapologetic personality which he communicates over the mic with seamless skill. I could go about this project all day, but the fact of the matter is that the music speaks for itself on this one. Be sure not to sleep on cWave$ and his strong new release, Loading….

Click play at the link below and enjoy:

Maye Star – ‘MAYEDAY 2012’ [Mixtape]

Maye Star – ‘MAYEDAY 2012’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Anyone who has been reading Graduation Music for some time now recognizes that Maye Star is one of Roxbury’s finest talents right now. His skillful vocal deliveries and refined artistry are just two of the features that make him a special artist, and as we await Star’s forthcoming project, Super Moon, due for release next month, he is here to provide us with something to help with the wait: a mixtape titled MAYEDAY 2012. As noted in the description on SoundCloud, Star wrote:

A mixtape by Maye Star recorded between 2011/2012! I present ‘Mayeday’ 16 years of age, this was my freshman mixtape! I quickly deleted it because I was going through so much and felt like I couldn’t give it the time like I put into it. Everything happens for a reason and I truly believe that the songs make more sense to my current life VS. how it did back then. Especially on songs such as ‘Living Life!’ I’m excited for it to re-surface. A lot of passion and relevant topics touched on on this project. I want these songs to last my whole career.

In all honesty, I can say that this release is something special for anyone who has been hip to Maye Star for more than just a few months. We’ve seen him grow both as an individual and as an artist, and in doing so, he has achieved a level of determination and ambition that anyone can learn from. This surprise project takes us right back to his roots as an entertainer to show us where he came from, and thankfully so.

Listen to MAYEDAY 2012 at the link below!

Millyz – ‘Blanco’ [Mixtape]

Millyz – ‘Blanco’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

When it comes to lyrical prowess, not many artists can hold a light to Cambridge native Millyz and his inimitable style of storytelling and honest accounts of life in its raw state. That being said, this rising star’s stocks have been rising uncontrollably in recent times, and today, he’s here to bless us with a brand new project entitled Blanco that will only keep the success rolling in as he continues on his inevitable rise to the top. 10 tracks long, this isn’t the one to sleep on, so pay attention as we delve further into the tape.

Featuring production credits from HumBeats, Money Montage, Solow, and more, as well as features from Nino Man, Avenue, Smoke DZA, and Nevasoba, this star-studded offering groups together just the right artists to complement Millyz’ style wonderfully. Every song holds incredible strength on its own, and fueled by the events and characteristics that make the Cambridge native the man he is today, the authenticity is on full display with this mixtape. I could continue to go on, but the truth is, you need to hear it for yourself to get the full effect and truly understand the promise that Millyz possesses as an artist.

Listen to Blanco at the link below:

Album Review: Maeko’s ‘Dead Center, Looking Around’

Album Review: Maeko’s ‘Dead Center, Looking Around’

By: Shamus Hill

Dead Center, Looking Around is Maeko’s debut album, and the Boston-based artist has crafted a genuinely intelligent project that covers a wide array of human experience, listenable for anyone out there in search of introspection. With this, the UMass Amherst alum demonstrates his progression as both an artist and a person with this release, utilizing a stellar production team featuring BLAKE, Dave Chapman, Natty Reeves, and Esbe. The buoyant, poised sonic structure effectively assists him in achieving a solid concept, which centers around entering, coexisting with, and moving past the hardships of life at its very core. I highly recommend listening to the album from front to back to truly experience his marvelous concept.

Furthering this, Maeko’s latest bestowal navigates through a variety of subjects, ranging from deep loss to  the beauty of life. If there’s anything he wants you to know about Dead Center, Looking Around, it’s that:

The project is a trip to the “hive” from front to back, both sonically and conceptually. The “hive” represents the chaotic, hectic, messed-up aspects of life… Flying in, seeing it dead center, and flying out having learned more.”

As you begin listening to the album, Maeko gives insight towards how he felt upon entry to the world of music as an artist. Soon following this, he dwells on his aspirations to be like some of the artists he sees on stage from afar. He’s confident that his dreams will manifest eventually, however as time continues and more negative events unfold, Maeko’s hopes begin to diminish. This behavior combines with conflicting trains of thought, which ultimately result in Maeko being in “the center of the hive” – a place where he’s seemingly watching all of the chaos unfold all around him. Instead of remaining on the sidelines, he reflects on how he can truly make an impact on the world, and from there begins moving with new knowledge that he’ll carry into the next challenges of his life.

Some standout tracks for me off of Dead Center, Looking Around were “Amber” (ft./Prod. BLAKE), “Scarlett Lining” (Prod. Esbe), and “Rather Bee” (Prod. Natty Reeves). “Amber” is a groovy, yet mellow track which perfectly encapsulates the feeling you get on late summer nights. BLAKE continues his sensational production job on this track, and even hops on the record to add a verse of his own. “Scarlett Lining” features some tremendous production at the hands of Esbe, who excels in helping Maeko continue the lively spirit of this project. This song, in particular, features Maeko’s cry for positivity in the world – something that’s of utmost importance in the current climate in our country. The Natty Reeves-produced “Rather Bee” is a jazzy, ambient record that helps you cool down and reflect, which is exactly the purpose of the end of Dead Center, Looking Around; No matter what we experience, we have to reflect upon these experiences so that we may grow appropriately and learn from them.

That being said, this project is the perfect microcosm of life. We all strive to not only have experiences, but to both learn and grow from said experiences all along the way. Maeko puts these lessons and what he’s learned on display through the use of the metaphorical “hive” in Dead Center, Looking Around in a clear light, making this a must-listen for any fan out there. Be sure to go see Maeko live in Northampton at this year’s Extravaganja event, next Saturday April 21st.

Listen to Boston-based artists’ debut album below: