Heath240 – “OFF IT”

By: Shamus Hill

Boston’s Heath240 makes a triumphant return to the Graduation Music pages today with an extremely energetic offering titled “Off It”.

While the track itself may be less than 2 minutes in length, it contains a vast amount of potency that will surely have listeners coming back for more. Heath240 was an unfamiliar name prior to the release of his track “That’s True” earlier this year, and ever since then he’s been working diligently towards the development of his artistry. Just when you think he might be slowing his pace, he hits you with another fiery release that asserts his dominance. Heath240 is nearly finished with his debut project, The Hometown Hero, so be on the lookout for that as he continues down the path towards success.

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Coop – “Sorry I’m Not Enough” (Prod. Tundra)

By: Shamus Hill

One name that certainly doesn’t get enough recognition within the spectrum of Massachusetts artists is Coop, who recently followed up on his successful Runaway album with a brand new single titled “Sorry I’m Not Enough”. Making a name for himself through his usage of raspy, emotionally-charged sounds that take the listener on a sonic adventure, Coop utilizes a slight switch-up in style here that allows for an entirely new range of feelings to be captured.

“Sorry I’m Not Enough” is based around the heart-wrenching feeling that accompanies moments of inequality within relationships. Once we’ve found the person we want to be with, we want to be everything that they’ve ever desired, however Coop details how this isn’t always possible. Coop knows what he wants to strive towards in life, however is met with the difficult moment of realizing that his significant other doesn’t align with his goals and ambitions. Something that many of us can relate to in our own lives — Coop, once again, successfully portrays a moment of reality that can be difficult to comprehend through his music. This is what separates good artists from great artists, and with that being said I’m sure that Coop will achieve monumental things throughout the course of his musical career.

Listen to “Sorry I’m Not Enough” below:

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Mike Fellow – “Outside” + “No Gold Demo”

By: Shamus Hill

Over the course of the last month, Mike Fellow has made two additions to his discography that truly display his formidability as an artist.

Both “Outside” and “No Gold Demo” make use of some seemingly effortless bars that emit from the Newton native with a natural grace. Rather than overthinking the content prevalent within his bars, Mike Fellow’s catalog of music is continuously derived from the current state of mind that he possesses when recording. Whether the subject matter circulates around his everlasting desire to adapt, his tunnel vision towards success, or the complexities of life — Mike Fellow has a powerful ability to articulate thoughts full of depth in a polished, hypnotic fashion. He’s spent the vast majority of 2019 strengthening his arsenal of music, so be on the lookout for what this young artist has to come next.

Listen to “Outside” (Prod. Murky) and “No Gold Demo” below:

Darius Heywood – “Night Rage” (Prod. Rauxy Woodro)

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today is Brockton’s Darius Heywood with “Night Rage” — the first single off of his upcoming collaboration project with Rauxy Woodro, From The East.

This introspective track circulates around the everyday realities of Darius’ life growing up in Brockton. Whether it be his personal trauma, witnessing struggle, or persisting when negativity surrounds, Darius Heywood explicitly dictates what has molded him into the individual that he currently is. Rauxy Woodro does a truly wondrous job with respect to his assistance in developing a solid sonic structure, with “Night Rage” serving as evidence that From The East is set to be the next formidable collection of music to come out of the city of Brockton this year.

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Stefan – “SAD2SEE” (Prod. Twayne The Kidd”

By: Shamus Hill

Brockton’s Stefan returns to the Graduation Music site today with a passionate single titled “SAD2SEE”.

This release is based around the sad reality that comes paired with the pursuit of a significant other that’s plagued with self-doubt and a lack of love. This sentiment ultimately shifts this individual’s mentality towards one that is full of solitude, which hurts Stefan tremendously. While his heart may be full of true intentions, it’s worthless when the recipient isn’t aware of how to accept these emotions.

While the lyrical content of “SAD2SEE” may not be of the most positive nature, the sonic structure provided by Stefan with the assistance of Connecticut’s Twayne The Kidd is one that’s undeniably addictive. This track rests as my favorite component of Stefan’s discography to date, so with that being said I’m thrilled to see what he’ll have coming next.

Listen to “SAD2SEE” below:

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Rothstein – “Are You Down” (Prod. DOC)

By: Shamus Hill

Get your designer handkerchiefs ready because Rothstein is back with a brand-new release titled “Are You Down”.

Utilizing some exceptional production at the hands of DOC, Rothstein quite literally floats atop this track as he dwells on whether or not his significant other will remain by his side through both thick and thin. Lyrically speaking, Rothstein has always exhibited brilliance, however he’s truly mastered the ability to evoke incredibly sharp emotion with his vocal work — with “Are You Down” being the perfect example of this. It’s the type of track that’ll launch you into the depths of an emotional rollercoaster, but in the best way possible. Rothstein is far from finished in 2019, so be sure to listen to his latest offering AND check out our interview with the Cambridge talent if you have not yet!

Listen to “Are You Down” below:

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PLAD Fine$$e – “Pac-Man” (Prod. Mike Hector)

By: Eden Bekele

Roxbury rapper PLAD Fine$$e teams up with Mike Hector to produce his latest track, “Pac-Man”. After an almost year-long hiatus, the rapper has been on a roll, with this release and his single “Pressure”, which released not even a month earlier, the rapper is quite literally applying pressure. 

For those that are familiar with Fine$$e from his earlier work, “Pac-Man” shows consistency and excitement. The track is only two minutes and five seconds, but it packs a tremendous punch. His inherent confidence shines through with his melodic style and effortless flow, making this track an instant hit.  While I was left wishing for a little more from the track, it’s fair to say that the rising talent is working and we’ll be satisfied soon.

From Roxbury to the world, Fine$$e is on the rise and we look forward to seeing what else he has in store. 

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Garrett Merk – “Fool’s Gold” (Prod. Mic Kellogg)

By: Shamus Hill

Brockton’s Garrett Merk is back with an exceptional track titled “Fools Gold”. Featuring some transcendent production at the hands of Mic Kellogg, the pair truly bring out the best of one another as this song aligns itself as one of Garrett’s best up through this point in time.

“Fools Gold” is based around Garrett’s tiresome mentality with respect to the music industry and the artists/individuals present within it. While many put up some form of a facade in order to remain relevant, Garrett speaks on how authenticity needs to return to the forefront of music. Instead of putting up a front on social media — Garrett relies solely on his discography for the establishment of his fanbase. This is something that has paid off incredibly well for him, as he currently finds himself living in Los Angeles making progress towards the fulfillment of his dreams. The hard work and dedication will always speak for itself, and this serves as the basis for “Fools Gold”. As long as Garrett continues to express his true self, he’ll continue to prosper. With that, we’re thrilled to see what the young talent has in store as 2019 continues to progress.

Listen to “Fools Gold” below:

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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.

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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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