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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
In my time writing for Graduation Music, New Bedford artist Caliph has been one of only a few names that have stuck out and remained one of my favorite artists from the very start until now. Charged with an electrifying personality, a strong sense of passion, and both the lyrical and sonic direction to do some serious damage when on the mic, Caliph is always finding new ways to impress, as hit-making seems to come as an innate talent for him. Today, we’re proud to help remind the world of his prowess by premiering the budding star’s brand new release, “King Liph Freestyle”.
Produced by none other than RELLWTHEWAVECAP, this dense new offering takes fuel from an infectiously soulful instrumental. The unforgettable sample-based melody clashes against drums that hold no hesitation in garnering energy, and once everything meshes together, the final product is a hard-hitting beat that leaves a wide-open canvas for Caliph to do what he does best. Bar after bar, the New Bedford representative steps into the room and asserts his dominance, offering up an endless supply of clever lyricism that will have you flashing the stank face for every second of the song’s nearly 3 and a half minute duration. He covers a wide range of topics that justly sum up his personality, so much so that listeners will be sure never to forget Caliph’s name after this one.
Caliph absolutely snapped with his latest, so if you need a reminder as to why he’s ready for the top, I advise simply clicking play on “King Liph Freestyle” at the link below.
Produced by RELLWTHEWAVECAP Mixed by Ryan Easter Art by Caliph
And if you haven’t heard them already, peep the rest of the Free Liph freestyles at the link provided below!