[PREMIERE] Heath240 ft. Jazz Ingram – “Attention”

By: Shamus Hill

Despite all the negativity persistent within the world at this current point in time, Jamaica Plain’s Heath240 is here to provide our readers with some uplifting energy as he releases his latest single, “Attention”, featuring Jazz Ingram.

Those familiar with Heath240’s musical catalog will describe the young artist’s sound as being a concoction of Hip-Hop, Bedroom Pop, Dance, and House music. Coming onto my radar in early 2019, it’s been evident from the jump that Heath240 is a special artist — as “Attention” only helps to further this sentiment.

Enlisting Jazz Ingram to help bring this record to life, Heath240 wants his listeners to understand what it takes to make one’s dreams come to fruition. He’s been working diligently towards becoming the best version of himself, and I’ll be the first to say that he’s succeeding with respect achieving his goals. With the amount of development he’s shown over the course of the last year, it’s safe to say that he won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. If this is the first time you’re hearing of Heath240’s name, then definitely be sure to give this track a listen as it’s the perfect microcosm for his discography thus far.

Listen to “Attention” below:

[PREMIERE] Sleeping Bela – “Tidal” (Official Music Video)

By: Shamus Hill

The Graduation Music staff is thrilled to present our readers with the official music video for Sleeping Bela’s brand new track, “Tidal”.

Simply put, this video consists of some of the best visual work that I’ve seen in the last several years. Daymian Mejia does a truly wondrous job at accurately capturing the precise feeling that can be derived from this track, as the video assists Sleeping Bela in making her already meaningful song mean that much more to the listener.

Sleeping Bela’s “Tidal” may be the first time you’ve heard of the young artist’s name, but it will most definitely not be the last. Not only is her vocal work top-tier, but her abstract lyricism hits its mark every single time. I’m a huge fan of her discography, and if you haven’t yet, definitely set aside some time to listen to Sleeping Bela’s music. For now, enjoy “Tidal”.

Watch the official music video for “Tidal” below:

CLICK HERE TO STREAM SLEEPING BELA’S MUSIC

[PREMIERE] Kleo – “Live Dirty” (Official Music Video)

By: Shamus Hill

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:

[PREMIERE] Premo ft. Saint Lyor + Lord Felix – “How We Get Here” (Prod. James Boy)

By: Shamus Hill

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.

Listen to “How We Get Here” below:

[PREMIERE] Najji Xantana – “Pacino” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

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:

[PREMIERE] Reedus 3M – “Tethered”

By: Shamus Hill

Reedus 3M makes his debut onto the Graduation Music site today with the premiere of his spooky new single — “Tethered”.

Immediately, listeners will gravitate towards Reedus 3M’s masterful sample of the theme song featured in Jordan Peele’s Us, however what will keep them coming back for more are his braggadocios, unpredictable raps that exude an incredibly confident energy. For years now, the young rapper has asserted himself as one of the best within the state of Massachusetts, and as he continues to surpass the goals that he once regarded as impossible to reach, he’s only gaining more and more traction on the path towards success. While the majority of his discography can be derived from a more introspective place, Reedus takes some time today to let everyone know that he’s not a pushover in the slightest bit. Keep his name on your radar because he’s preparing to really turn some heads this year.

Listen to “Tethered” below:

“TETHERED” SOUNDCLOUD LINK

Mix/Master: JTHEDJ

Artwork: Aidan Reinhold

[PREMIERE] Rhodymajor x Rockie Fresh – “Midnight”

By: Shamus Hill

Boston’s Rhodymajor graces the Graduation Music site for the first time today with the release of “Midnight” — the first single off of the producer’s upcoming debut album which is set to drop this year. Hoping to gain some more notoriety surrounding his production capabilities, Rhodymajor’s album is set to feature the talents of Michael Christmas, Ebhoni, Sir Michael Rocks, and many more. The combination of this star-studded line-up and Rhodymajor’s grand level of talent helps to make this project one of the more anticipated ones to come out of Massachusetts in 2019.

The former MMG-affiliated rapper, Rockie Fresh, recently inked a deal with Rostrum Records, and is looking to make this year an impactful one with respect to his music. “Midnight” serves as evidence that he’s moving in the correct direction, making use of Rhodymajor’s transcendent production to formulate a self-reflective release that is full of depth.

Listen to “Midnight” below:

[PREMIERE] Maka – “Animal House” (Prod. Connis)

By: Shamus Hill

Cambridge natives Maka and Connis combine forces to construct a powerfully intoxicating track titled “Animal House”.

It isn’t everyday that you’re blessed with music that possesses the ability to uplift your entire spirit, but this is exactly the case with “Animal House”. Connis has steadily made a name for himself throughout the state of Massachusetts via masterful additions to his discography, and has recently been branching out and lending his production talents to other local artists. It’s safe to say that he hit this one out of the park, with Maka gracefully surfing atop the well-tooled instrumental whilst giving listeners some perspective towards his current mindset.

“Animal House” circulates around Maka’s cannibalistic attitude that he has going into this year. There’s only one thing on his mind and that’s developing into the best version of himself. Instead of looking around to see what his peers are up to, Maka’s determined to overcome anyone (or anything) that dares to get in-between him and his dreams. In addition to the lyrical content of this release, the sonic structure is simply unparalleled — making “Animal House” one of the most impactful songs to come out of Massachusetts up to this point in the year.

Listen to “Animal House” below:

Maka – “Animal House” (Prod. Connis) — SoundCloud Link

[Premiere] Garrett Merk – “Sometimes” (Prod. Frace)

By: Shamus Hill

The Graduation Music staff is pleased to present you Garrett Merk’s newest track, “Sometimes”. Featuring production by Frace, this well-orchestrated release revolves around the unpredictable variables of life. Whether it be personal or professional, “sometimes” things happen that we can’t control. Brockton’s Garrett Merk speaks on this below:

I wrote this song during a real weird time. I actually wrote it around the same time I wrote ‘72’. Even though I think these two songs are totally different in terms of sound, I think the content relates. This song is about “sometimes” wanting to give up. “Sometimes” wanting to call it quits, but realizing that I’m in too deep to give up. I’ve had this vision and this goal to pursue music since I was little…but life sometimes gets in the way. Going through heartbreak, being broke, and overthinking shit were all weighing on me during this period of my life. A lot of my music from here on out is a little different than what I’ve put out in the past. There’s more depth to it. It’s more serious. 

Garrett Merk on his song “Sometimes”

Everything from the concept of this song to its sonic structure are both well-thought-out and well-executed. Garrett doesn’t plan on giving up on his dreams whatsoever, and his relentless mindset will assuredly assist him in seeing his goals through. Don’t sleep, and if you’re unfamiliar with Garrett Merk’s discography, now’s the perfect opportunity to get hip.

Listen to “Sometimes” below:

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[PREMIERE] Maka + Durkin – “Forward”

By: Shamus Hill

Maka and Durkin grace the Graduation Music pages once again, this time with a highly-listenable offering titled “Forward”. The first release from the duo in 2019, “Forward” is a sonically-pleasing reminder to keep pushing forward no matter what may occur.

Maka and Durkin have had quite the history with one another, releasing two projects and a string of singles that have proved to be some of the best releases out of the state of Massachusetts in recent years. Their first piece of work together since Waterproof (2018), “Forward” is a tell-tale sign of the successes that are to come from Maka and Durkin as the year unfolds.

“Forward” revolves around Maka’s decision to move forward in his life at all costs. He details some of the tumultuous events that he’s been forced to endure in his life as of late, however, refuses to let this negativity drag him off the path towards his destiny. Maka understands the fact that the world will continue moving no matter what, and he’s not prepared to get left behind whatsoever. As the cover art depicts, “Forward” quite literally feels like a stroll along the beach as a storm ensues. With distraction and risk surrounding us completely, we must make the decision to keep moving gracefully as if all is well. This is the only way that we’ll see our true potential face-to-face, and it appears to be something that Maka understands exceptionally well.

Maka and Durkin have successfully blessed listeners with a potent release once again. As the pair continue to work side-by-side, their chemistry only seems to be growing stronger. Be sure to keep them on your radar in 2019.

Listen to Maka & Durkin’s latest release, “Forward”, below:

CLICK HERE TO STREAM VIA APPLE MUSIC

[PREMIERE] iLL Addicts – “Anthrax” (Prod. ProSwervez)

By: Shamus Hill

The iLL Addicts grace the Graduation Music site for the first time in 2019 with the premiere of the audio/visuals for “Anthrax”. Sitting atop some beastly ProSwervez production, each member of the iLL Addicts makes use of this song to give listeners some insight into their “careful” mindsets as they enter the new year.

This talented group from Boston had quite the 2018, releasing a long-list of potent tracks, while at the same time participating in performances up-and-down the east coast. There’s a strong element of fun and togetherness that can be felt through the iLL Addicts’ discography, and these elements are only amplified when the group drops a video or has a performance. The chemistry between everyone within iLL Addicts is nothing short of stellar, with each complimenting the next perfectly.

“Anthrax” is a shining example of the unity that’s prevalent within iLL Addicts, as the group gears up to have an even more successful year this year. Aware of the position they’re in and the tremendous amount of work that it took to arrive at this point, the iLL Addicts are not prepared to let anyone or anything deter that. Approaching the game as if they were opening a letter full of anthrax, the group are only making carefully selected moves towards their future.

Listen to iLL Addicts’ first release of the year down below:

[PREMIERE] Brevin Kim – “I Was Happier When I Was Sad”

By: Shamus Hill

Brevin Kim are slated to have an extremely successful 2019, starting off their year with the release of the official audio and visuals for “I Was Happier When I Was Sad”. The duo ended their 2018 with a long list of high-quality releases, and it’s looking as if this behavior is only going to continue as we enter the new year.

“I Was Happier When I Was Sad” is a self-explanatory name for this song, as the pair dwell on how they feel more like themselves when they’re enduring darker moments in their lives. We all eventually become molded by our surroundings, and it’s apparent that Brevin Kim have been surrounded by turmoil and distrust. They’re so used to being battle-tested that they’re unsure of how to live their lives otherwise, and it’s gotten to the point where they actually feel more comfortable when things aren’t as easy-going.

As you listen-through Brevin Kim’s collection of music, it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that these two brothers are extremely well-connected with one another. “I Was Happier When I Was Sad” is another testament towards this statement. Sonically speaking, Brevin Kim routinely find a balance that almost always results in wonderful music. As they’ve continued to develop, the lyrical content only seems to be behaving in the same fashion. It isn’t often that a musical group can achieve the type of connectivity that is present within Brevin Kim, which has been something that’s truly helped them stand-out in the Massachusetts music scene. The future is looking brighter than ever for these two brothers, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for them.

Watch/Listen to “I Was Happier When I Was Sad” below:

Artist: Brevin Kim

Cover Art: Nic Violets