[PREMIERE] Marvelous Stefan – “On My Side” ft. Saint Lyor (Prod. Isaiah Valmont)

[PREMIERE] Marvelous Stefan – “On My Side” ft. Saint Lyor (Prod. Isaiah Valmont)

By: Seamus Fay

It comes as no surprise that Brockton is a hotbed of talent right now, filled to the brim with a number of standout acts that will undoubtedly be taking their careers to new heights as 2018 moves on. Among these artists are Marvelous Stefan, Saint Lyor, and Isaiah Valmont – three Graduation Music frequent flyers and inarguably three of Brockton’s finest talents out at the moment. Hearing them come together on a track would be nothing less than a privilege, and today, they’re here to bring that dream to life with a new single entitled “On My Side”, premiering via the Graduation Music SoundCloud.

Right off of the bat, this song proclaims both pace and energy, as Lyor and Stefan bounce off of another’s flows, going back and forth between smooth vocals and quick shipments of rap. By creating this stark contrast early on, the two are able to compliment Valmont’s hypnotic production and the burgeoning force of the drums – two elements that define the very essence of “On My Side” at its finest. With all of these features perfected to a common point of chemistry, it’s important to note that the lyrical content of the song decides who’s on Stefan and Lyor’s side, who’s pocket watching, and everything in between. They’re here to claim the top spots in MA rap, and no one is about to get in their way.

Listen to “On My Side” at the link below:

[PREMIERE] Keanyon – “Gundam” [Prod. IKnowShellz]

[PREMIERE] Keanyon – “Gundam” [Prod. IKnowShellz]

By: Seamus Fay

In a hard-hitting display of both personality and powerful mic presence, New Hampshire artist Keanyon is here to make his Graduation Music debut with a new single titled “Gundam”. This song may be our first exposure to the rising talent and his wide range of unique skills, but considering the sound and charismatic deliveries on this one, I feel confident in saying that we have yet another artist to start paying attention to in 2018. Before we come to a full conclusion, however, let’s unpack the single and just agree that for Keanyon, the stocks are rising, and rightfully so.

Featuring production from none other than local producer IKnowShellz, “Gundam” takes fans to an aggressive place, allowing full capacity for Keanyon to come in and take over with his unforgiving personality. It conjoins a gritty display of inimitable cadences with a knocking beat, making for a banger of a release from the first second to the last. With this, the song acts as direct proof that Keanyon could potentially be yet another standout player in the New England scene, so I wouldn’t sleep on him anytime soon.

Listen to “Gundam” at the link below:

[PREMIERE] LiBossi x Dan Esab – “Hearts and Flowers”

[PREMIERE] LiBossi x Dan Esab – “Hearts and Flowers”

By: Seamus Fay

Just a few weeks ago, an artist by the name LiBossi made his Graduation Music debut with an energetic single entitled “Cheryl David” – an anthemic offering and personally, one of my favorite songs to come out of the Boston area in recent months. Today, the Dorchester native makes his return to our pages with a brand new song, “Hearts and Flowers”, alongside London-based artist Dan Esab. The minute that LiBossi gave me a listen to this one prior to release, I knew that we had to do a Graduation Music premiere. “Hearts and Flowers” is quite simply something special.

The reason that I first fell in love with LiBossi’s sound was due to his unrivaled ability to bring lively energy to a song while maintaining a polished authenticity that not many artists can hold. He clearly showed an advanced artistry far beyond his years, and “Hearts and Flowers” follows this same trend. Its melodic textures and illustrative, bellowing soundscapes make for an unbelievable release in whole, and with this song as proof, it truly goes without saying that LiBossi and Dan Esab are the perfect duo.

From the first second to the last, this track acts as the perfect offering to bring listeners from the winter months into the spring, so don’t sleep. Listen to “Hearts and Flowers” below and embrace all of the passionate, infectious energy that both LiBossi and Esab bring to the table.

[PREMIERE] Caliph – “Right Now” ft. Greedy P

[PREMIERE] Caliph – “Right Now” ft. Greedy P

By: Shamus Hill

Graduation Music is thrilled to present to you today Caliph’s latest offering, “Right Now” featuring Greedy P – the first single off of his forthcoming EP, Szn: The Saffron Edition, due out for release on April 24th. But before we can get into it, it’s only right that we warn you: this song will not only be stuck in your head for the rest of the day, but it will also be in HEAVY rotation for the weeks to come, so proceed with caution and get ready to be singing Caliph lyrics all day long.

At its core, “Right Now” is a standout performance from every name involved. For starters, Roca Beats comes through with ethereal yet heavy production, elegantly executed and wonderfully blended into the vocal deliveries. Amidst all of this, Caliph channels a similar energy to that of a few of his previous singles such as “Tropical Spalding” and “How Do You Know“, creating another brilliant record to add to the list and maintaining a high level of artistry within his respective parts. Just when you think the song can’t elevate any further, however, Greedy P comes through with the cherry on top and gives us quite the memorable guest spot, blessing “Right Now” with a final, emphatic touch.

After listening, you truly understand that New Bedford is making some big moves, and it goes without saying that the stocks are rising for every artist involved this year. That being said, Caliph stands at the forefront of all this with his aforementioned EP, Szn: The Saffron Edition, on the way, so we wanted to help relay the message and gives fans an idea as to what this EP will include.

In addition to Greedy P, the project is also set to feature the works of Jon Gin and RELLTHEWAVECAP. Described by Caliph, it works to tie two of main passions in life together:

“The concept of the tape was inspired by my love for making music and cooking. I’ve always said I would be a chef if I wasn’t an artist. The process of making a song and cooking are the same to me. The beat is your base, for example, your rice and peas or arroz con habichuela; the hook is your favorite side dish like some platanos; the verses are your proteins; and each word, flow, and melody is a spice… and the way we individually choose our spices creates a sauce… We all grew up with that Sazon in almost every meal we ate and it’s Spring season aka Liph season, so yeah…. I’m giving niggas sauce… #SZN!”

And “Right Now” is a perfect taste of the sauce that Caliph’s speaking of.

The New Bedford native has always done an exceptional job at being a voice for the often, overlooked population of Massachusetts, and that trend continues here. Taking a look at the Sazon-inspired cover art for Szn: The Saffron Edition, my inner-Puerto Rican shot through the roof. Caliph said it himself, he’s coming with the sauce this Spring, so get prepared and be ready for a standout project to kick things off on a high note for this rising star.

Listen to “Right Now” below:

Juxi – “Full Court Press” [Premiere]

Juxi – “Full Court Press” [Premiere]

By: Seamus Fay

From “Thrasher” to “Leave Me Alone”, I’ve had a hunch about Juxi since my original introduction to his music. Since this initial excitement, however, each of these songs has proven to withstand the test of time. Not once have I ever gone back to Juxi’s SoundCloud and felt underwhelmed. Instead, every time I revisit his music, I feel that same wave of positive energy that the Fields Corner native is able to light up a room with, and I’m reminded as to why his sound made so much sense in the first place. That being said, I feel the exact same way so far about Juxi’s newest single, “Full Court Press” produced by frequent collaborator, Banbwoi.

As the song denotes, this Dorchester representative is ready to take the scene on head first this year, applying the pressure with new music and all in all, claiming his rightful spot within a competitive world of artists. “Full Court Press” works perfectly to this motive, establishing a high threshold of energy from the very first second and maintaining a barrage of ambitious, designer-inspired flows throughout each and every moment, as Juxi seemingly floats over the hard-hitting, relentless production.

Lyrically, this is yet another stellar performance by Juxi, but sonically, it’s arguably even more important to note that he’s right in his sweet spot where he sounds and works best, in my opinion. Knowing your skill set and understanding your creative vision are two incredibly important elements when it comes to making music, and with “Full Court Press”, we’re assured that Juxi has these two items in the bag. He’s ready for the top, ready to bring the energy, and ready to take over in 2018, so hear him out and get ready to see a bright future for this promising young talent.

Listen to “Full Court Press” below.

[PREMIERE] AK – “On The Other Side of Jackson”

[PREMIERE] AK – “On The Other Side of Jackson”

By: Seamus Fay

At this point, it goes without saying that Roxbury has become the stomping ground for a large portion of the rising stars in Boston’s flourishing music scene right now. Artist after artist, the city never ceases to impress, and today, we’re proud to unveil the latest of these budding talents: AK. He’s been sitting behind the curtains for quite some time now, awaiting the perfect moment to arise from the shadows and make his debut onto the scene, so today, the switch turns – all this hard work is finally prepared and ready for release. Poised to turn some heads with his debut single, “On The Other Side of Jackson”, AK is the next name to know out of Roxbury.

Produced by Nape, the debut single from the local talent holds true to its infectious, rhythmic bounce, garnering attention by way of feeling and lyricism alike. At the very intersection of the two, we can find AK’s noteworthy skills – he holds a unique confidence when on the mic, and in regards to delivery, knows just how to float over a beat with a smooth flow and relaxed cadence. In this light, “On The Other Side of Jackson” is just the right single to introduce the city to AK, and I hold the utmost confidence in saying that he’s ready to make some serious waves with the work he has been putting in.

It’s also important to note that this track should act as the perfect anthem for getting to the bag in 2018. In all of its money-minded, soulful glory, each element comes together to make for an intoxicating ambition, and one that fans will surely be able to identify with right off of the bat. With that being said, listen to “On The Other Side of Jackson” at the link below and get hip to the latest out of Roxbury!

[PREMIERE] Gengis Don – “Keep It Grimy” ft. YoungCTheGreat & MyCompiledThoughts

[PREMIERE] Gengis Don – “Keep It Grimy” ft. YoungCTheGreat & MyCompiledThoughts

By: Seamus Fay

Gengis Don, YoungCTheGreat, and MyCompiledThoughts: three artists poised with incredible songwriting skills and intoxicating styles that have blessed our pages time and time again. Each of the three artists is creating a wave of their own right now, and frankly, I believe that they are some of the finest upcoming artists to keep an eye on at the moment. Through passionate releases, polished artistry, and inimitable styles, I’m excited to watch the stocks rise for Don, YoungC, and MCT as time goes on. Today, we’re proud to premiere their latest collaboration titled “Keep It Grimy”, a fitting track for this Halloween season that will have your head nodding within seconds.

“Keep It Grimy” is, well, incredibly grimy. Alongside ominous production from Don himself, YoungC and MCT are given a gritty platform to shine in their respective roles with charismatic deliveries and hard-hitting lyricism. Beyond that, the chemistry between each artist is nearly unmatched in the way that they weave in and out of each other’s work with immense accuracy and grace. They’re a dream team in their own respect and “Keep It Grimy” is a testament to the unique ear that Don has for finding the perfect talent to bless his unique production.

This release will act as the final single from Gengis Don and YoungCTheGreat’s forthcoming collaboration EP, and if “Keep It Grimy” is any indication of the heat they have in store, then I can’t wait for the project to drop. Considering the other singles that the two rising talents have given us, it seems like versatility and diversity will be some of the dominating aspects of the EP that will attract listeners and prove the artistry at hand. Click play below on “Keep It Grimy” and get hip to one of the best recent releases out of Boston.