Avenue – “Targets” (Prod. Nino)

By: Shamus Hill

Boston’s Avenue is back on our pages today with a thunderous single titled “Targets”.

His first release since his 2018 album Nightfall., this track serves as yet another piece of evidence that Avenue is one of the most capable rappers that the city of Boston has to offer. Combining extremely vivid imagery with solid lyricism — “Targets” centers itself around overcoming life’s obstacles in order to successfully reach one’s dreams. Avenue isn’t about to let anything deter him from his mission, which is something that all of us need to be reminded of from time to time. With more music slated to come within the next few weeks, be sure to bump “Targets” to get your fix in the mean time.

Listen to “Targets” below:

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Latrell James – “Tracphone”

By: Shamus Hill

Latrell James returns to the Graduation Music site today with his first release of 2019 — a self-produced offering titled “Tracphone”.

Showcasing his sonic development while at the same time intertwining meaningful content within his raps, “Tracphone” is a superb standout within Latrell’s lengthy discography. This release circulates around gentrification and the struggle between holding onto the past and moving confidently towards the future. Full of a poised energy that at times can be straight up hypnotic, “Tracphone” is certainly worthy of undivided attention.

Listen to “Tracphone” below:

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Gio Shyne – “Nonono” (Prod. Christian Yoon)

By: Shamus Hill

The intergalactic combination of Gio Shyne and Christian Yoon grasps airwaves once again — this time with an alluring single titled “Nonono”.

Towards the beginning of 2019, Gio made it known that he was going to be releasing a large quantity of music over the course of the year. He’s held true to this — dropping singles like “Gully”, “Bliss”, and more that have really strengthened the Dorchester native’s discography.

Christian Yoon has been responsible for the production featured on the majority of Gio Shyne’s releases, and following a listen through “Nonono” — you’ll understand exactly why this is so. Each instrumental he crafts unleashes a new side of Gio’s artistry that was previously untapped. Whether it’s fearless raps or downbeat melodies, each Gio Shyne track unpacks something new, so be on the lookout for what’s next to come.

Listen to “Nonono” below:

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Maka – “Brand New” (Prod. BBJ)

By: Shamus Hill

Fresh off of the Graduation Music premiere of his Connis-produced track “Animal House”, Maka is back on our site today with the release of “Brand New”.

Mixing his watery flows with indulgent lyrics, Maka’s 2019 has already come paired with some of his best music to date. BBJ laces him with some incredible production on this track — relaying a determined, animated feeling that truly captures the listener. As usual, Maka glides atop the production as he casts a relentless positive energy throughout the entirety of the song. This one is really special, so make sure to give the Cambridge artist your undivided attention.

Listen to “Brand New” below:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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