Michael Christmas – “Ball” [Prod. Thelonious Martin & Aniko Thomas]

Michael Christmas – “Ball” [Prod. Thelonious Martin & Aniko Thomas]

By: Seamus Fay

Just a few weeks removed from the release of his warm-weathered anthem “Girlfriend” (which remains in heavy rotation on my personal playlist), Michael Christmas is back yet again on our pages with a brand new single, “Ball”, from his forthcoming LP, Role Model due for release June 22nd via Fool’s Gold. It’s the soundtrack to any glo-up, it’s an anthemic offering for everyone out there putting in work this summer, and above all, it’s a toast to the success that Christmas has seen as well as the success that he will see in the near future. As seen on the cover, this Boston native isn’t playing any games – he’s bringing the Jordan mentality to music, and by the sounds of the past few singles, it’s playing out wonderfully.

That being said, with production from Thelonious Martin and Aniko Thomas, this soulful take on success hits home for any listener out there with a dream. The melodies intertwine to present a hearty helping of authenticity and passion, only to be topped off with a jab at the Lakers (aside from a few select talents) whilst we continue to watch the Celtics roll through the playoffs. The weather is getting warmer, all is right in the world of Michael Christmas, and if I had to guess, this album will undoubtedly be his most accomplished work to date. Boston has a hell of a role model in our hands, so listen up, get inspired by his teachings, and most importantly, prepare yourself for a new project June 22nd.

Click play on “Ball” at the link below:

Swooli – “240,000” [Prod. Eris]

Swooli – “240,000” [Prod. Eris]

By: Seamus Fay

If you’ve been following us on Graduation Music for some time now, “Swooli” is a name that you have undoubtedly stumbled across at least once or twice. Even if you haven’t heard of him, today is the perfect day for an introduction, as this Boston talent is here on our pages to deliver his latest offering, a single entitled “240,000”. Acting as the perfect testament to the songwriting and vocal styles that set Swooli apart from the pack, this track tells you everything you need to know about the young talent, all packaged within about 3 minutes of smooth sounds and infectious verses.

“240,000” is produced by none other than Eris, and fitting in with the atmospheric themes featured in the song, the instrumental of this one plays on the hypnotic effects of Swooli’s vocals with a complementary touch. The artist-producer chemistry is on full display here, and by taking this sound and enhancing it with his own stylistic choices, the Boston singer shows us that he’s ready to get his sound out there, and deservedly so. This is yet another solid single to add to a string of well-rounded releases for Swooli, so be sure not to sleep.

Listen to “240,000” at the link below:

Artwork: Malik Carter
Mixed: Robie Rowland

NOTSAFE FORWORK – “Sandman” ft. Rams, Donald Grunge, Cave

NOTSAFE FORWORK – “Sandman” ft. Rams, Donald Grunge, Cave

By: Seamus Fay

If you’ve been tapped into the Boston music community in recent months, the group name “NSFW” has undoubtedly surfaced right in front of your eyes at least once or twice. Encapsulating a number of unbelievable talents from the area such as Rams, Donald Gunge, Cave, and Maka, this collective of rising artists holds the firepower to do some serious damage, just as shown in their debut single as a group, “Sandman”, which came out just yesterday. Sometimes putting all your chips into one bet isn’t the best idea, but when you throw these all-stars on one track together, it most certainly is a fantastic idea, equipped with a seamless chemistry that already shows through in their first offering.

That being said, “Sandman” immediately forms its identity by way of key-led production courtesy of Maka, only to clash against electrifying verses from Rams, Grunge, and Cave to follow. Each artist follows right after the last, not just adding to the excitement but also bringing it to the next level, and in this way, I believe that “Sandman” is an early indication of the heat that NSFW, or NOTSAFE FORWORK, has on the way for us. I’ve been a fan of the individual talents contained within the group for quite some time in their solo careers, so seeing them come together feels like a full circle moment that nobody will be forgetting about anytime soon.

Listen to “Sandman” below and experience that sky-high potential that NSFW is bringing to the table.

Empty Hour – “Blue”

Empty Hour – “Blue”

By: Seamus Fay

Here to drop off their hazy, slow-burning debut single, “Blue”, a group by the name of Empty Hour joins our pages today in one of the best tracks I’ve heard in recent weeks. Empty Hours consists of two artists: Krew$ and Tyler J. Palmer. Each of these two diverse talents holds their own respective strengths and weaknesses, but once matched together, these are washed away as they form a collaborative environment in which the nature of their music seems to be based on inseparable chemistry.

Of course, this is all based on one song, but nevertheless, it’s a special song and one that I feel comfortable analyzing in this light due to the advanced artistry that Empty Hour’s debut offering possesses. The comforting guitar riffs and relaxed vocal deliveries mesh together to craft a warm-weathered sonic background, and playing up to this effect is the subject matter of the pursuit of love. With this, “Blue” also takes aim as one of the most illustrative releases I’ve heard in some time, and rightfully so. Krew$ and Palmer are on a roll with their first single under the Empty Hour, so be sure not to sleep.

Listen to “Blue” at the link below:

Reem Skully – “Airplane Mode”

Reem Skully – “Airplane Mode”

By: Seamus Fay

If you’ve been following Graduation Music for some time now, you’ve probably heard the name Reem Skully at some point or another. If you haven’t? Well, you’re in for a treat, as this Mattapan native joins our pages today to unleash a lyrically dense new freestyle, “Airplane Mode”. But before we get into this one, I must tell you – this is the first solo offering from Skully in a minute, and if I had to sum up the prowess shown in his return to the spotlight, I’d make sure it’s known that this promising is back, better than ever. So don’t sleep.

At its core, “Airplane Mode” is a direct manifestation of Skully’s mindset at the moment, letting the world know that he’s done playing games, he’s driven as ever, and he’s not in his bag, he’s “in [his] briefcase“. The hypnotic production directly shows this attitude, as simplistic, to-the-point cadences float over the soulful instrumental, providing a relentlessly ambitious energy all along the way. This takes us back to the title of the track, “Airplane Mode”. Reem Skully refuses to be bothered, ridding his life of all of the distractions and getting straight to the point. And quite honestly, it seems to be working, as this freestyle is my personal favorite offering of his to date.

But don’t just take my word for it, listen below and keep an eye on Skully moving forward if you weren’t already!

Plad Fine$$e – “Zebra Print” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]

Plad Fine$$e – “Zebra Print” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]

By: Seamus Fay

Considering the widespread success of his self-titled debut mixtape from a few months back, I don’t find it shocking or bold in any way to say that Plad Fine$$e is one of Boston’s most promising representatives right now, ready to take on the music world far beyond his Roxbury origins. He’s done so to an extent, already, and with chilling singles and hard-nosed verses to back the excitement up, Fine$$e doesn’t seem to be slowing down at any point in the near future. Today, the Graduation Music favorite hits our pages once again with a brand new single titled “Zebra Print”.

Produced by frequent collaborator and undeniable hit machine, 4oTo Roles, this track takes Plad’s strengths and puts them on full display, supplying the perfect sonic atmosphere to do so along the way. The unforgiving melodies find themselves running right beside the young talent’s play-no-games lyricism, and in this way, “Zebra Prints” takes off from the first second, never looking back and never letting up the pressure. This release is telling to the vocal style that we have come to know and love Plad Fine$$e for over time, and all in all, “Zebra Print” is yet another reason why he’s got next.

Listen to the latest from the Roxbury native at the link below:

StupidGenius – “Mirage” [Prod. Bouvé]

StupidGenius – “Mirage” [Prod. Bouvé]

By: Seamus Fay

It’s always going to be a great day when we receive new music from StupidGenius, and today, fans have been blessed with a warm-weathered anthem entitled “Mirage”. Featuring a guest production credit from none other than Bouvé, this well-deserved collaboration is a clear look into the potential of two of the largest hit machines in Massachusetts right now. The weather is getting warm, it’s about that time when everyone starts releasing music to chase the excitement of the season, and “Mirage” couldn’t have been a better release to kick things off on the right foot.

Featuring production from StupidGenius’s own, Lil Rich, alongside Bouvé, this sparkling beat acts as the perfect sonic background for a group of such positive energy and raw hype. StupidGenius has always been known to hold a certain level of authenticity to their sound, and by focusing on the successes and ambitions that they have both now and in the future, this track acts as a window into this with an exceptionally infectious tint. That being said, “Mirage” is just the song we were all looking forward to in hopes of completing our summer playlists, so be sure not to sleep on the latest offering from StupidGenius and Bouvé – this pairing could most definitely do some damage if they keep working together in the future.

Listen to “Mirage” at the link below.