By: Seamus Fay
After making his debut on Graduation Music just a few weeks ago with the stellar project, WOE, Blackheart is already back in the spotlight today with a much-needed visual companion for “Heart Black”. To make things even better, he calls on our good friend, @gregisonfire, to bring this hard-nosed offering to the screen, and the result is nothing short of a magical set of visuals for our eyes to feast on. Despite this being only Blackheart’s second appearance on our pages, you can trust me when I say he’s doing more than just making his presence known with his newest tape and video.
The nature of “Heart Black” itself is a clear look into the internal struggle that the Brockton native endures from day to day. His undiluted emotions are communicated through powerful vocals, which only receive extra strength using the bellowing production courtesy of JGONTHEKEYS. Add all of this to darkened forest scenery and hypnotic effects, and you have a video that seamlessly brings the emotional journey of “Heart Black” to life.
Click play at the link below and if you haven’t already, listen to Blackheart’s mixtape, WOE, here!
Shot & Edited by Gregisonfire
Produced By JGONTHEKEYS
Mixed & Mastered by Humbeats
By: Shamus Hill
Making his debut onto the Graduation Music site today is an artist going by the name theworldbirdie with the video for his latest single, “ARTx Intro”. Directed by former UMass Amherst student, Alexander Hagani, the pair joined forces to deliver us some exceptional visuals, which grasp both the meaning and the overarching feeling of the song tremendously well.
This music video was actually my very first taste of theworldbirdie’s music, and I’m thrilled to say that the Cape-native is yet another addition to the mixing pot of talented artists from Massachusetts. “ARTx Intro” has this sort of meditative, shimmering touch that has its roots set in theworldbirdie’s criss-crossing thoughts. He opens up about how his self-confidence flutters from left to right, how his past shapes his future, and how he’s on a seemingly never-ending journey towards solace. All of this is delivered over a smooth, melodic instrumental that’s perfect for this beautiful time of year. I’m only one song in, but theworldbirdie’s artistry is truly shining through with “ARTx Intro”.
I can’t commend Alex Hagani enough for his role in bringing theworldbirdie’s vision to life. The extremely talented pair aren’t finished here either, with another music video AND a 3-part interview series set to come out during the coming weeks. I’m ecstatic to see what their next move is going to be, as theworldbirdie is on a mission to prove to the world that he’s got what it takes to blossom as an artist.
Peep the video for “ARTx Intro” down below:
By: Seamus Fay
MyCompiledThoughts — an artist of deep artistic vision, unwavering emotion, and most of all, an arsenal of talents that allows him to create some of the best art in MA right now. Today, Thoughts is making his way back to Graduation Music with a brand new video for none other than “Before”, a single from about 7 months back that remains one of my favorite offerings from Thoughts to date. Utilizing an incredibly catchy sample from Mac Demarco, this song will have you click replay again and again, so it only follows that it receives a well-deserved visual companion.
As described by MyCompiledThoughts himself, “Before” is “a staple into the feeling of nostalgia we’ve been experiencing“. The lyrics follow this up with reminiscent flashes back into the younger days of our lives, as the young artist lets out a magnificent bout of emotion when describing the things that formed his identity at such a young age. Visually, we see this through the lens of a miniDV camcorder that emphasizes the nostalgic feeling at hand. The song is brought to an entirely new level with short clips of the sights and surrounding that MyCompiledThoughts exists around, and all things considered, director absolutely snapped with this one.
Check out “Before” at the link below!
By: Seamus Fay
LilDeathStar has made his presence known on our pages time and time again with a number of standout releases over the past few months. It’s no secret by now that he’s making his name as one of the most promising artists out, and today, we see this put to its full effect with the new video for “Meds”. This was the first release of DeathStar’s catalog (yes, you read that correctly), doused with drug-induced rhymes that clearly show his prowess from such an early point in his career — a feat that few other artists can say they have achieved to this extent.
Now that “Meds” has been translated visually, we see the full scope of the uniquely passionate creative vision that the young artist brings to the table. He matches the hypnotic rhythms of his music with mesmerizing colors and effects that enhance the single at hand to an entirely new level. In doing so, new meaning is assigned to the presence of drug use within “Meds”, and from the viewer’s point of view, it makes for a magnificently cohesive release that refuses to be looked over.
LilDeathStar is putting out some incredible work, so check out “Meds” at the link below and keep an eye out for this soon-to-be star in the future!
By: Seamus Fay
Simply put, Haasan Barclay’s artistry is a difficult entity to define. Trying to encapsulate the wide range of skills that he holds is nearly impossible, and quite honestly, attempting to put such a special skill set in any sort of box comes across as arrogant towards the immense creativity that goes into his work. Barclay’s latest, proudly premiered by Graduation Music, puts a magnifying glass on the talents and artistic ambition I speak of, fitting it all into one, beautifully unique short fashion film, Secret Tape.
And trust me — although the Mattapan native has appeared on our pages a handful of times in the past, I hold the utmost confidence in saying that this might be one of his finest works of art to date.
That being said, Secret Tape acts as a deeper look into the eclectic feel and brilliant soundscape of Barclay’s most recent EP, 800 Fantasy Lane. The celestial sounds and feverish energy are brought to visual fruition by way of leather outfits, bold chains, and even some birthday cake, as the rising talent displays the deep layers of raw emotion that arise beneath the lines of his music. Seeing such an explorative stylistic venture turn into a film that explains the magnificent, imaginative world of Haasan Barclay is nothing short of impressive, and with this one, we receive abundant reason as to why he’s one of the most sought-after talents in Massachusetts right now.
Haasan Barclay is unapologetically himself in an inspiring way, and Secret Tape is the perfect proof. Click play at the link below and get lost in the hypnotic sounds and sights that 800 Fantasy Lane creates so effortlessly.
Directed by J R Alexander, Haasan Barclay & Liv Slaughter
Styling by Pat Peltier & 2StyleCrew
Makeup by Saturn
Animation by Rasheed Lapointe 3D
Photography by Craig Parker
Music by Haasan Barclay
By: Seamus Fay
KyE Nathaniel is an artist best defined by the intersection of technical skill and compelling style that goes into his music. Each song, each verse, and each word is thoughtfully put together in order to maximize the monstrous presence that he possesses when on the mic, and in this way, it only makes sense that the rising talent is on a steady ascent towards the top right now. Today, he’s back on Graduation Music to bless us all with a brand new release entitled “Cole Bennett”, which was inspired by the Chicago videographer himself.
Produced by @aktaktion, this release first finds its identity within mesmerizing melodies that provide an abundance of energy alongside the hard-hitting drums. Nathaniel’s rhymes seemingly float on top of this fitting background, delivering an insane supply of clever lyricism that clearly shows us all why he’s such a promising rising act. That being said, “Cole Bennett” is an unbelievably impressive release to keep the momentum rolling in KyE Nathaniel’s direction, so make sure you don’t sleep.
Click play on the music video at the link below:
Directed By KyE Nathaniel
Filmed By Nathan Taber
Coloring & EFX By Jordan Wozy
Produced by AKT Aktion
By: Seamus Fay
We’ve known for a while that Plad Fine$$e has some serious potential, but his self-titled debut was the cherry on top that confirmed the theory. This Roxbury native holds a certain confidence and wisdom well beyond his musical years, and with that, it only makes sense that he is continuing to mark his name as one of the most notable within Boston’s burgeoning community of rising talents. Today, the Graduation Music favorite is here to make yet another new appearance with the visuals for his 4oTo Roles-produced single, “Zebra Print”.
Shot By @Aplus.visuals and directed by @TomLeary, this video takes fans into a day in the movie-like life of Plad without ever compromising the charismatic presence of the song. The energy is maintained at an incredibly high threshold, and in such a way, this release blesses us with the well-deserved visual companion to an absolute banger of a single. That being said, the stocks have been rising for this young artist for quite some time now, and it looks like they’re not stopping anytime soon.
Watch “Zebra Print” at the link below!