By: Seamus Fay
Intersecting the energy and sonic direction of rock with rap-influenced pace and drums, Lil Cxxp is an artist of extreme versatility that you’re going to be hearing all about quite soon. By developing a unique sound for himself, the Massachusetts native is on a straight shot to the top, and only improving with each successive release, it’s been quite the honor to watch his success so far. Today, we welcome Cxxp back onto Graduation Music with an unbelievable new single entitled “Pull Up To My Funeral”.
Denoted by the title, this track contemplates many themes of life and death including the way to make the most of our time while we can. The constant, energy-infused strum of rock guitars lights up the background with an equal supply of excitement and passion, and Cxxp’s bellowing vocals remind us why he holds so much potential in the first place. “Pull Up To My Funeral” soars to new heights for the young talent, so much so that I would mark that is one of his finest releases to date. That said, be sure not to sleep.
Click play on “Pull Up To My Funeral” at the link provided below:
Prod by ForeignGotEm
Cover by Nic Violets
Mix/Master by Lil Cxxp
By: Seamus Fay
Ever since my very beginning days writing for Graduation Music, Lord Felix has been one of my favorite artists out of Massachusetts. His remarkable level of talent and clear creative vision prove to be amidst the most refined that I’ve seen during the two years that I’ve been running the site, and with each and every single release, Felix never ceases to impress. He’s only getting better as the clock ticks, so much so that stardom feels like nothing more than a matter of time for the Brockton native. Today, we welcome Lord Felix back to our pages with a brand new single entitled “Nothing.”
Produced by Donato, this track finds its identity by way of a dance-worthy, groovy instrumental and a generous helping of addictive melodies. “Nothing.” comes across as a song possessing immense replay from the very opening notes, and once paired with Felix’s love-led lyricism, it only gets better from there. The young artist pursues a deep level of affection with dreamy visions of running away alongside the one you love, voluntarily leaving it all behind regardless of the cost or consequences that may arise. The lyrics get hopelessly and impulsively lost in the heavenly instrumental, and by the end of the track, the only appropriate response is to smile, click repeat, and start dancing again.
Lord Felix snapped with his latest, so be sure to click play on “Nothing.” at the link below!
Additional vocals from Notebook P
Written by Lord Felix
Recorded and mixed by Latrell James
Mastered by Leo The Kind
By: Seamus Fay
If we’re keeping it real right now, BOUVÉ is one of the most promising young hitmakers out of Massachusetts at the moment. He’s had an unbelievable year in 2018 so far, dropping off numerous stellar singles and even garnering a production placement on YG’s new album, Stay Dangerous. In every way thinkable, BOUVÉ’s stocks are on an insuppressible rise, and today, he’s here to keep them on the up with a brand new track entitled “Television”. And quite frankly, it’s one of his finest offerings to date.
Produced by Krooks N’ Kops, the latest from the North Shore representative acts as a declaration of independence and ambition. BOUVÉ is more than ready to fill his rightful spot at the top, and while this means leaving some people in the past, he understands the sacrifices that come with stardom. If someone chooses not to support you, all you can do is let them watch how far you’ll take yourself, especially if it means that the next time they see you will be on TV. That said, “Television” is an undeniable anthem and this will certainly stay on heavy rotation for the weeks to come.
But don’t just take my word for it. Click play at the link provided below:
By: Shamus Hill
Stoughton’s A.Tibbz returns to the Graduation Music site today on a mission to display how hard he’s been working this year. Within the span of 4 days he’s released two tracks, “TIMBS” which was produced by Twayne The Kidd, and “124” which made use of DeskBangahz production. Prior to these two songs, he released a project last month, as well as a long string of songs over the course of 2018. A.Tibbz has been grinding to say the least, and the growth he’s shown in his music serves as the perfect sign that he’s been moving in the right direction.
“TIMBS” was the first of the two tracks released in recent days, and it’s here where A.Tibbz takes a moment to reflect on his recent successes and shift in mindset. We touched upon his growth in music earlier, and it’s apparent that he’s beginning to truly come to terms with his potential. He’s past the point of letting anything get in his way, and understands that his moment to shine is right around the corner. Twayne The Kidd concocted a fire beat for “TIMBS”, which assisted A.Tibbz in flexing both his rapping and singing capabilities. An overall wonderful collaboration, this is a track that deserves placement in your heavy rotation.
“124” was dropped by A.Tibbz yesterday, and, as mentioned before, utilizes production at the hands of DeskBangahz. This track is more reminiscent of songs like “Special Treatment” and “My Way” in a sense that he really lets his vocal abilities shine. He’s more than capable of hitting a wide array of notes, while at the same time chiseling out addictive flows. Props to both A.Tibbz and DeskBangahz for coming up with a beautiful output on “124”.
Listen to “TIMBS” and “124” down below:
By: Seamus Fay
It’s been a few months since we last heard new music from Mafeni, but nevertheless, this rising talent is back in the spotlight today to bless us with his latest offering — a single entitled “Growing Pains” produced by Wasalu. Unfortunately, the reason that we receive new music is due to the tragic death of legendary artist Mac Miller. Since his untimely passing, it’s been a rough stretch in the music world, but looking back on Mac’s legacy, songs such as Mafeni’s “Growing Pains” perfectly illustrate why the Pittsburgh-bred artist was so important in the first place.
Over a backdrop of solemn, therapeutic sounds and a relaxed drum pattern, Mafeni lets out a heart-led delivery of the intersection between growth and pain. He notes the demons that take him over, and looking at the vices that provide a sense of comfort in these tough times, the highly-talented artist bellows out a melancholic undertone of sadness and despair. “Growing Pains” may be surrounded in pain, but the fact that Mafeni is able to speak so openly and honestly about his lowest points brings us back around to the influence of Mac Miller, who so fearlessly documented his highs and lows in ways that few artists are ever able to come to terms with.
The end of the song quotes Miller as he speaks on the odd beauty that arises in these isolated, depressive states of mind, allowing “Growing Pains” to come full circle as a beautiful tribute to an artist that will never be forgotten. Listen at the link below and tell those around you love them today. You never know what that can do for someone in a given moment.
By: Seamus Fay
If you’ve been following Graduation Music for some time now, it goes without saying that at one point or another, you’ve probably stumbled upon the name Gio $hyne. Hailing from Dorchester, this rising act has always been on my radar as a noteworthy young talent and a true testament to the promise of the city’s music scene. Today, he hits our pages yet again with a slow-burning new single entitled “Angelz”. Produced by A0rta, this might just be one of $hyne’s finest offerings to date. His artistry is becoming increasingly refined with each release, and we’ve noticed immense growth from the Dorchester native in recent months.
That said, “Angelz” seems to work so well mainly due to the melancholy, tripped-out sound and feel. $hyne slows his deliveries and is sure to ride the dimly-lit mood with hypnotic cadences, offering a lyrical performance that perfectly fits the bill in this very way. With songs like this one to act as support, it goes without saying that Gio $hyne’s sound has the ability to make waves far beyond the borders of Dorchester, and to see that success, I can’t wait. Also notable, this track arrives as the follow-up to the anthemic “Buzzin'”, marking two hits that have arrived from $hyne just in the past few weeks.
This rising talent is definitely on a hot streak right now, so keep your eyes peeled for future releases and check out “Angelz” at the link provided below:
By: Seamus Fay
Namely one of the most talented artists in Boston right now, Gio Dee has been on an insuppressible rise to the top over the past few years. His music never fails to take anthemic direction, and today, we see an example of this once again as Dee drops off a brand new song entitled “Cost [Intervention Freestyle]”. But this release is a little bit different.
Instead of including the full track, the freestyle holds a wide-open spot for a second verse over the backing of stellar production from Snapz. It’s a unique opportunity and one that is definitely worth jumping on, so much so that Dee made sure to include how artists can get involved in the description for the track on SoundCloud. Following is what he wrote:
Artists! Record a 2nd verse with the hashtag #CostFreestyle to submit for your chance to shoot the video w/ Gio Dee!
Email Management@iamgiodee.com for more info.
Listen to “Cost [Intervention Freestyle]” at the link below and if you’re interested, shoot your shot!
Artists! Record a 2nd verse with the hastag #CostFreestyle to submit for your chance to shoot the video w/ Gio Dee!
Email Management@iamgiodee.com for more info