Gogo. – “Sauced.” (Prod. Rilla Force)

By: Shamus Hill

In order to properly celebrate his birthday today, Gogo. just unleashed an intoxicating single titled “Sauced.”.

As mentioned during our coverage of soap.wav’s “Did It Again”, Cambridge has quickly become an important hotbed for music within the state of Massachusetts. Gogo. is one of the artists from Cambridge that’s been working tirelessly to maintain his city’s notoriety. Possessing a catalog of music full of alluring bops that take influence from a wide variety of genres, “Sauced.” is only the most recent addition to Gogo.’s already powerful discography.

Rilla Force, who was recently featured on Jymmy Kafka’s “Still There”, showcases exactly why he’s one of the most recruited producers in Massachusetts on this release. The electronic, dancehall-rooted instrumental suits perfectly on Gogo., who makes use of “Sauced.” to exhibit his braggadocios, confident state of mind. He’s more than aware of his talents, and is determined to make 2019 the year that everyone knows exactly who he is.

Listen to “Sauced.” below:

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Brevin Kim – “Haunt Your Dreams”

By: Shamus Hill

Brevin Kim are back on Graduation Music today with an exhilarating single titled “Haunt Your Dreams”.

This self-produced masterpiece serves as yet another genre-bending offering from this duo. Based around the tumultuous ending to a long-lasting, resilient relationship, Brevin Kim pour their hearts out on this transcendent release. The vocals bounce back and forth between states of tranquility and agitation, something that is also represented within the alternating production of this track. A perfect depiction of the rush of emotions felt during periods such as this — “Haunt Your Dreams” is assuredly one of the most potent additions to Brevin Kim’s discography.

Listen to “Haunt Your Dreams” below:

soap.wav – “Did It Again” (Prod. bby._j)

By: Shamus Hill

Making use of some ethereal production at the hands of bby J, soap.wav’s “Did It Again” is yet another canorous release out of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This highly-listenable track is soap.wav’s second to drop in 2019, with both showcasing the voracious mindset that the young artist possesses going into this year. With new music popping-up daily from seemingly every corner of the state, individuals like soap.wav have done an amazing job at solidifying Cambridge as one of the more prominent cities in the Bay State with respect to music. There’s an overarching mellifluous sound that can be derived from the majority of Cambridge releases, and soap.wav only helps to reinforce this statement on “Did It Again”. Both soap and bby J put their best foot forward here, so be sure to give this release undivided attention.

Listen to “Did It Again” below:

CD Rose – “Sacrilegious”

By: Shamus Hill

Boston’s CD Rose makes her debut onto the Graduation Music site today with an emotionally-rich single titled “Sacrilegious”.

Following a bit of a hiatus with respect to releasing music, CD Rose has been dominant these past few months — releasing a handful of layered singles that exhibit just how talented she is. “Sacrilegious” is based around the strong-burning desire to be in a meaningful relationship. CD’s passionate, compelling vocals shine bright throughout the entirety of this release, however it’s her unflawed songwriting capabilities that have kept the Graduation Music staff coming back to this track time and time again. Not a syllable is wasted on “Sacrilegious”, with every single line evoking raw emotion that truly resonates. Keep CD Rose on your radar this year, as she’s poised to have an impressive 2019.

Listen to “Sacrilegious” below:

Jymmy Kafka ft. Maka – “Still There” (Prod. Rilla Force)

By: Shamus Hill

Framingham’s Jymmy Kafka makes his debut onto the Graduation Music site today with a heartfelt anthem titled “Still There”. Categorized as “villainous gospel” by the young rapper, this release is one of the most potent within his musical catalog — which already contains a vast amount of depth as is.

“Still There” circulates around the desire to know who’s really in your corner through thick and thin. All parties that had a hand in the making of this track have been grinding relentlessly towards the fulfillment of their dreams, yet long for the ability to be able to share their successes with someone else. Something that many creatives throughout the world experience on a daily basis, “Still There” is a reminder that you’re not alone.

“Said at the end of the night, don’t wanna walk alone // who is still standing? who is still there?”

Maka – “Still There”

Featured on this release is Maka, who’s feel-good vocals add an additional layer of life to this song that generates an incredible amount of replay value. Known for a more island-rooted sound, this release serves as a wondrous switch-up in his typical style. Rilla Force was the man in charge of production here, and once again showcases why he’s one of the go-to producers within the state of Massachusetts. All-in-all this release is simply unflawed, so direct your full attention towards Jymmy Kafka as he’s poised to gain some real traction in MA this year.

Listen to “Still There” below:

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Kadeem – “Wide Margins” (Prod. Thelonious Martin)

By: Shamus Hill

Recruiting Chicago’s Thelonious Martin, Kadeem returns to the Graduation Music site today with his first single of 2019 — a hypnotic, well-sculptured track titled “Wide Margins”. This release serves as yet another marvelous Hip-Hop offering to come out of the state of Massachusetts this year, with Kadeem only furthering the narrative that our state is home to a plethora of talent.

The Mattapan native has been featured on Graduation Music a countless amount of times — with each one of his releases being endlessly-playable, layered pieces of work that circulate around Kadeem’s human experience. He has a way of making his raps appear effortless at times, however each syllable he utters holds a vast amount of weight:

“N*ggas on the road to riches in the sidecar // Baggies in the stomach, while you n*ggas swallow Tide Pods, the difference too wide apart”

Kadeem – “Wide Margins”

Thelonious Martin’s production here is a perfect fit for Kadeem, as he mixes his polished raps with unpredictable flows to concoct a truly outstanding release. If you haven’t yet, be sure to dive into Kadeem’s discography as he’s gearing up to have an impressive 2019.

Listen to “Wide Margins” below:

Kadeem – “Wide Margins” (Prod. Thelonious Martin) [SoundCloud]

Heath240 – “That’s True”

By: Shamus Hill

Making his debut onto the Graduation Music site today is Boston’s Heath240, who recently gifted listeners with his first release of 2019 –“That’s True”.

Heath240’s most recent track prior to this was “MUDD” featuring Michael Christmas, and it was here that his individualistic style really began to take its form. He’s been working relentlessly towards the development of his artistry, and despite the fact that he’s still in the process of progressing towards his goals — he’s not allowing this facet of life to define his perception of self. This is something that he touches upon in “That’s True”, with the song ultimately being the most prominent release within his catalog of music.

Making use of raspy, yet harmonically-rich vocals that make way for refined flows throughout, this track is a tell-tale sign that Heath240 is heading in the right direction in 2019. Yet another example of just how musically talented the city of Boston is — be sure to keep Heath240 on your radar.

Listen to “That’s True” below:

Heath240 – “That’s True” (Soundcloud)