Daily Discovery: Kaz Moon

Daily Discovery: Kaz Moon

By: Seamus Fay

At the very heart of Graduation Music is music discovery, and today, we have an incredibly special new find to unveil to our readers in the form of Kaz Moon and his latest project, Summerbug. Stumbling upon this one a few weeks back via SoundCloud, Moon’s mature level of artistry is what truly brought me in as a listener right off of the bat. The casual wisdom of his lyrics ranges far beyond the rising talent’s years, providing a unique perspective on life that any listener can relate to. Summerbug is simple in this way, even while willfully delving below the surface and making for one of the most refreshing projects I’ve heard in all of 2018.

That said, the importance of an EP such as this one best arrives in the emotional response that it yields. In just 6 songs, Moon is able show listeners valleys and mountains of feeling, navigating through the both of them with wide eyes and a special knack for translating emotion into lyrics. Whether he drifts through love, confronts life and death, contemplates legacy, or takes any number of other paths, Moon does so on his own terms. He willfully blurs the lines between dreams and reality, mixing heavenly instrumentals with candid, captivating accounts of life and all of its ups and downs. With this, the Summerbug artist proves to be a remarkably developed talent both sonically and stylistically.

The world is in Kaz Moon’s hands, and deserving of some serious noise with this project, I fully believe that he’s capable of doing big things in the near future. Enjoy Summerbug in all of its dreamy glory at the link provided below:

Cave – “I Love It” Freestyle

Cave – “I Love It” Freestyle

By: Seamus Fay

Just a few weeks back, upon the release of Kanye West and Lil Pump’s new song (and viral video), “I Love It”, the internet was caught in a disarray. The track itself is quite… interesting… but with a solid bassline and smooth instrumental, it definitely holds the potential to be taken a number of different directions when placed in the right hands.

Proving that he’s just the right artist for the job, Graduation Music favorite Cave is here today with his own take over the song — fittingly entitled “Quick F**k”. Doused in vivid lyrics and rattled off flows, Cave truly shows out in this offering, and with a charismatic set of visuals to match, he makes sure that he brings out the full potential of “I Love It” in all of its addictive glory. Also notable, the rising talent wears a cardigan in the video as a tribute to Kanye’s earlier days. From top to bottom, this is a must watch.

Show some love by clicking play below and like/retweet the link to help spread Cave’s greatness even further!

Daily Discovery: KingFrom98

Daily Discovery: KingFrom98

By: Jake O’Brien

Putting all hometown bias aside, today’s Daily Discovery is focused on Boston native Kingfrom98. Around a year ago, this young musician had no real intentions of getting involved in rapping, or the making of music in general. But, as some close friends began to take the idea of a career in music much more serious, he was persuaded to try his hand at creating a song. Since then, Kingfrom98 has blown through a majority of his competition in and around the city of Boston. The incredibly short amount of time it has taken King to create a name for himself in the 617 is something we just cannot overstate, because this early measure of success is just a small preview of what we are sure is to come.

Delivering his lyrics with a level of rich, passive-aggression, Kingfrom98’s words carry a palpable amount of weight as they are verbalized. When combined with a seemingly limitless supply of bars, King’s vocals create a lasting impression on all who listen to his music. As he begins to build a name for himself on social media, we fully expect his following to take off on a larger scale sooner rather than later.

King’s most popular release, a single titled “Seeing Us”, has amassed a whopping 75 thousand plays on Soundcloud and is undoubtedly a major factor in the rapid progress his music has attained. Not only is “Seeing Us” a song that exemplifies the abundant energy brought to the mic by Kingfrom98, but it is also an anthemic track that gives its listeners a hard time in resisting the urge to jump along with the song’s beat and hook. “Seeing Us” also features two other artists, D-Sounds and Steviel, and both give substantial verses that maintain the overall vibe of the song established by Kingfrom98 and producer Deciccio. This is one artist you don’t want to overlook, so make sure you take a peek at his Soundcloud as soon as you get the opportunity!

Garrett Merk – “Pipsqueak” [Prod. Frace]

Garrett Merk – “Pipsqueak” [Prod. Frace]

By: Seamus Fay

In my nearly two years writing for Graduation Music, few artists have exhibited the same level of growth and development as an artist by the name of Garrett Merk. In all honesty, Merk’s relentless vocal talents and enthusiastic attitude make him an easily lovable act, but even aside from the public eye, it’s clear that this rising talent is putting in his hours and truly striving to make some timeless music. Today, he’s back on our pages once again to take yet another step toward stardom with a stellar new track entitled “Pipsqueak”.

Produced by Frace, this song takes listeners back to the basics in the Boston artist’s career. He sheds light on the idea of staying true to oneself and the values that he was raised with, making sure to remain focused and simply stay the course on his rapid ascent to the top. Backed by a spine of infectious guitar riffs and hard-hitting drum patterns, this track holds the potential to do some serious numbers, so make sure you get hip early. Garrett Merk might just be up next out of Boston and we here at Graduation Music can’t wait.

Listen to the anthemic single, “Pipsqueak”, at the link below:

Produced by Frace 
Mixed by Sparemonkey
Artwork by Dalton Green

Daily Discovery: Pronto

Daily Discovery: Pronto

By: Seamus Fay

Few and far in between are the artists that truly strike your ear as both authentic and wildly talented, but when you finally stumble on one, it’s always an unforgettable find. That said, arriving to our pages as the latest Graduation Music discovery today is an artist of this very caliber by the name of Pronto. And trust me when I say you’re going to want to remember this rising talent’s name, as he truly is something special.

Hailing from the sun-soaked land of Georgia, Pronto first crossed my screen earlier this year with his stellar mixtape, No Genre. The project is relentlessly self-aware and remarkably polished, shedding light on a sense of artistry that marks the GA representative as something far more intriguing than your average rapper. Pronto looks at life with a sparkling eye of wisdom that ranges well beyond his years, and in doing so, is able to communicate heavily guarded thoughts on the smallest and largest facets of life — all of which are presented in ways that emphasize the full scope of his lyrical abilities. The music is lyrically dense, but wonderfully refreshing.

Needless to say, I hold the utmost confidence in saying that Pronto is about to reach ears far beyond his home state of Georgia, and I can’t wait to see him prosper in the near future. Get hip to this promising act by checking out his latest visual release for the Earl Sweatshirt-sampling track, “Knight”, at the link below:

An Interview With Danny Diamonds

An Interview With Danny Diamonds

By: Seamus Fay

In all my time covering new music for Graduation Music, the artists that have always stuck with me most are those who never seem to compromise the quality of their music just to increase their output. These are the artists who seem to care most about their art, and naturally, by releasing only once in a while, they tend to make much more noise when a new song or project finally does come out. Such is the case with Massachusetts-based artist Danny Diamonds.

Diamonds has been on my radar for over a year now, and by staying true to himself in every sense of his artistry, it goes without saying that his stocks are rapidly rising. This budding talent has always been a Graduation Music favorite, so it only makes sense that we reached out to him for an interview. Read our conversation about Danny Diamonds’ beginnings, creative process, hair, and more below.


To start, where are you originally from? How did you start making music?

I grew up on the edge of Brookline/Allston, MA. One of my best friends in 5th grade started rapping and he got a lot of attention at school. I always thought I could do better than him, so that was kinda why I started writing music, to affirm myself.

What has been the proudest moment of your career as an artist as of yet?

Honestly, the completion of my song “The Fall” is up there as probably my proudest moment. I’ve never been so diligent with a song before, in writing or recording. Every lyric is such a clever bar (double, even triple meanings) and the background vocals are so dense and perfect. One of my favorite tracks that I’ve ever made for sure.

Who are three of your dream collaborations?

Medasin, Monte Booker, Snakehips.

Explain the creative process behind your latest EP, For The Record. How long has it been in the works and how did everything come together? What was your mindset while creating the project?

The theme of the EP was actually based around “Stuck” which was the first song I finished on the project maybe last December. The concept was to sort of make a collection of songs that were all about my romantic encounters with women, but from different chronological parts of the relationship. The writing of each song is in a different tone and describes a different situation but they are all based around that raw emotion that develops from investing a lot of time into someone whether it’s “I don’t give a fuck anymore” or “let’s figure this out”.

The project didn’t flow as cohesively as I had hoped so I decided to rename it as an EP. Now it’s more of a collection of what I’ve been working on as of late and really a statement about where I am as an artist + how much I’ve progressed in the past year. The theme is still somewhat there though.

We have to mention it — everyone loves the hair! It adds some individuality to your image. Who is an artist that you look up to in terms of the way they rock their own hair?

Thank you bro, I don’t really look up to anyone really for hairstyle. I’m honestly just feelin the long hair right now.

How and when did you and Chase Murphy meet? What made you decide to join forces and create Golden Boy Music Group?

I met Chase when I was a Sophomore in High School. We did a lil freestyle session at his crib the first time we chilled and he said he wanted to start recording my stuff at his place. We recorded a bunch of my old songs on his lil bedroom setup and became really close during that time.

One day I came to him with the idea for Golden Boy and he was invested immediately. I think GB really perfectly embodied what we both wanted to accomplish with our music overall, especially from the standpoint of being from Boston (a city not very well known for Hip-Hop). Our image plays into the branding really well too.

Lastly, what can fans expect from Danny Diamonds in the future? What can we expect from Golden Boy Music Group?

Now that the EP is out I want to really branch out with my music in terms of genre. Right now I’m focused on kinda pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I also want to get back to my electronic roots a little more — that was always my favorite type of instrumentation to write to.

Any fans of GBMG have a lot to look forward to! Chase has some really amazing music on the way and we’ve got a lot of shows planned in the upcoming months. Look out for that new Golden Boy merch and also a website that we’re hoping to launch before the year is out.


Connect with Danny Diamonds on:

SoundCloud

Twitter

Instagram

Alejandro Blanco – ‘Risky Business’ [EP]

Alejandro Blanco – ‘Risky Business’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

Massachusetts offers an incredibly wide range of talented artists, and our goal here at Graduation Music is to shed light on as many of these acts as possible and get our readers hip to the next stars out of MA. That said, when it comes to the music scene in the state, one artist artist that you simply have to make sure you know goes by the name of Alejandro Blanco. You may remember him from the stellar project, AUGU$T, but even if you don’t, you should understand that this rising talent has been relentlessly churning out hits for quite some time now. He’s on a rapid ascent to the top, and making his case arrives a brand new EP today entitled Risky Business.

8 tracks long, this project is doused in the very artistic elements that made us fall in love with Alejandro Blanco’s music in the first place. His vocals remain at the intersection of sharp and smooth as ever, while lyrically, Blanco has only improved from his past offerings. Sonically, Risky Business finds its identity within the first three tracks, and from there, Blanco is able to remain is his bag while balancing a beautifully cohesive set of sounds on the production side of things at the very same time. In this way, the project is incredibly well put together, so make sure you show some love and click play at the link below. Alejandro Blanco is ready to be a star.

Production by LDG Beats, Love2x, SOUNDSBLVCEY, MORSHABZZ, Ricky Flaire, RoxburySound, and YOUNGINTRUE