By: Seamus Fay
Simply put, receiving new music from Leano is always a blessing considering the seemingly endless supply of hits that the Boston native holds. Not once has he ever let up the full court pressure and given us a song that was sub-par in any sense, and today, he maintains this flawless streak of music with an ominous single, “Dark”. Produced by Twayne the Kidd, who also garnered credits on “Talk Show” and “Two” off of Packula, we see the power duo join forces yet again in a remarkably hard-hitting song that I’ll be keeping on repeat for months to come.
That’s being said, Leano’s confident, haunting presence when on the mic makes for a scary sight. He gets to the point without dancing around what he’s trying to say, and in “Dark”, we find Leano money-minded as ever as he details his hustle. Each line is delivered with a calculated allure, shedding light on the lifestyle around trapping and Leano’s ability to kill someone in the dark, if need be, thanks to his newly-acquired flashlight. His deeply-engrained dedication to the trap is something that listeners find to be one of Leano’s signature characteristics, which we see on full display through quotable lines such as the ever-important “When I trap, know I’m trapping from the heart”.
“Dark” is quite possibly one of this Boston star’s finest offerings to date, so be sure not to sleep. Stream the song on Spotify at the link below!
By: Seamus Fay
Let it be known that at the very heart of Graduation Music is music discovery. It’s always a pleasure when we have the opportunity to put our readers onto brand new, fairly undiscovered music from Massachusetts, and today, we present our newest find — an artist named Dpg Davo and his stellar new single, “Playing Games”. Shown to me by none other than the music discovery Michael Jordan, @Gregisonfire, this song shows immense potential from the Medford native, so lock in as we delve further into it.
The purpose of “Playing Games”, as outlined by Davo, is to create an anthem for those who deal with shorties playing games. Lyrically, we watch the young artist weave throughout addictive melodies with a never-ending supply of bars and relentless flows, all of which present ample evidence as to just how skilled Davo really is. He provides fans with a wildly-entertaining listen that is fit to be played on repeat for hours on end, and all in all, this could definitely be taken into consideration as a song of the summer coming out of Massachusetts.
That being said, get hip to the sky-high potential of Dpg Davo and let loose “Playing Games” at the link below!
By: Shamus Hill
Following a nine-month-long hiatus from releasing music, Gio $hyne returns to the Graduation Music pages today with his latest track “Insane”, which features production at the hands of Christian Yoon. 2020 is one of my favorite collectives of artists in the area, so naturally, I was thrilled when I saw that both Gio and Christian had combined efforts here. The mysterious, ominous sound emitted from the underlying instrumental perfectly suites Gio’s style, making “Insane” a new favorite of mine from the Dorchester-native.
Compact full of bars referencing Boston nights, fashion, and even other members of 2020, “Insane” ultimately becomes a moment for Gio to speak on his life as of late. Despite, at times, feeling like he’s going “insane” and losing control of what’s around him, Gio takes some time to realign his thoughts, and enjoy the spare moments when his homies are around. We all reach periods of time where we feel helpless and unsure of the future, but it’s important not to get lost in that, and find moments of solace however possible. Being surrounded by close friends and the city of Boston, Gio $hyne is here to speak on that solace.
Listening through Gio’s discography, it’s easy to note the amount of growth his music has undergone since beginning to release music over a year ago. He possesses this nonchalant, alluring sound that fits seamlessly over numerous styles of production. One thing, in particular, I really love about Gio’s artistry is his ability to adapt to different sounds, which, at least over the last year, has become customary for him. I’m really looking forward to what his next release will be sounding like. If you haven’t yet, definitely check out our interview with Boston’s 2020 here.
Listen to Gio $hyne’s “Insane” down below:
By: Seamus Fay
Pistola is, without a doubt, one of the waviest artists in Boston. His effortless style embodies a remarkably laid-back, compelling personality, and one song after another, Stola has shown us why he might just be the next artist to blow up out of the city. Today, we see star-potential in the form of a smooth new single entitled “Degassi” alongside none other than AGOFF – a collaboration that although I didn’t see coming, I’m very grateful that we’ve received. And trust me, these two have a hit on their hands.
Backed by ethereal production courtesy of Shmack, “Degassi” never gets ahead of itself. As Stola has been known to do, each line is delivered slow and steady, maximizing the quotable power of the bars at hand in order to make for an undeniable anthem. AGOFF feeds off of this energy with his own stellar verse, as both artists describe their lifestyles in a way that any listener can latch onto with ease. This track deserves to be the soundtrack to the summer, so be sure not to sleep.
Stream “Degassi” in all of its wavy glory at the link below!
By: Seamus Fay
As some of you may recall, the last time we heard from Dorchester’s own, Valley, was when he released the flex-worthy single, “Picture Me” (which, by the way, still holds a spot in my rotation to this day). Today, however, ending the silence and reminding us all why he’s one of the best upcoming artists in the city right now, Valley is here to drop off two brand new singles entitled “Color Diamonds” and “Kiss”. Both produced by none other than StoopKid, these tracks remind us of the Jordan-Pippen chemistry going on with this artist-producer combo, and quite honestly, they’re some of the duo’s finest works to date.
With this, “Color Diamonds” and “Kiss” each find their identities within bubbling energy and feel-good, sparkling melodies. The success-minded subject matter lets us all know that Valley is shooting straight for the top, settling for nothing less, and thankfully so, as his arsenal of talents is bringing him on a steady ascent towards his goal with singles like this. In addition to the promising creative direction that both songs possess, the latest from Boston’s own proves that he doesn’t need to speak much in order to bring his point across. Musically, Valley had been quiet for almost a year prior to this release, but he made sure that when he did decide to drop, he would make it count. And that he did.
All in all, “Color Diamonds” and “Kiss” deserve to take over our summer playlists, so be sure to stream them at the links below!
By: Seamus Fay
Pableezy, whom you may know by his previous name, Pe$o Boii, is an undeniable star in the making. We have been covering his music on Graduation Music for quite some time now, and with every new release, the Dorchester native has become increasingly in tune with his strengths and weaknesses. That being said, Pableezy is making some serious strides towards the top, and today, he’s here to show us how his changed attitude is following the same path with “Freak Nique”.
Produced by the hitmaker himself, Maka, this wavy offering shows fans the process and effect of a glo up. Now that Pableezy has made it somewhere, he looks back on the arduous path of success and becoming a boss that he needed to embark on with a thankful tone, ready for more. Life is getting better, the music is following right alongside, and in every aspect, the stocks are rising for this young talent.
So don’t sleep — get hip this absolute gem of an artist today and click play on “Freak Nique” at the link below!
By: Seamus Fay
Donald Grunge is, for lack of a better word, a captivating artist. His music is hard to box into any sort of simple category, and in such a way, there’s something about Grunge’s sound that feels just a few steps ahead of the pack. Sonically, the melodic approach that he brings to the table is nothing short of impressive, but not until he delivers his passionate vocals and raw, emotion-filled lyrics is the impact of his music fully shown. Today, we see all of this on display in Grunge’s latest offering, “Keep on Goin”.
Fueled by the allure of hard-nosed drum patterns and a synth-led melody, this track finds Donald Grunge in a place of great ambition and triumph. The two themes coexist in a manner that seems to say, “I’ve made it this far, now it’s time to bring it up a level”, which is perfectly reflected with the line, “Always knew I was a star“. This promising young talent isn’t going to settle for anything less than the top, and rightfully so. He feels like the chosen one, so there’s no point in letting up the full-court pressure during his inevitable ascent as an artist.
Listen to “Keep On Goin” at the link below!