By: Seamus Fay
If it feels like Superior has been on fire as of late, well, that’s because it’s true. His current hot streak is nothing short of impressive, and considering the quality of content that this Boston native is pushing out right now, the stocks are only rising as 2018 moves on. Today, the Graduation Music frequent flyer is back on our pages yet again to drop off some spectacular new visuals for a song by the name of “Flex”. However, before we get into it, even though I probably say this with every new release from Superior, I must say that I truly believe this is one of his finest offerings to date.
Set to the tune of deeply-cut bass kicks and an infectious, sparkling melody, this track takes aim as a banger from the very first second. Superior is as unforgiving and ruthless as ever in terms of both lyricism and delivery, and overall, there truly is no better introduction to his character than we see on “Flex”. Take all of this and match it with a crisp visual companion courtesy of Puma, and you have a standout release from front to back, ready to keep things moving up for Superior and his camp.
Watch the ELEVATOR-premiered music video for “Flex” below.
By: Seamus Fay
Here at Graduation Music, we definitely focus on the budding music scene forming in Massachusetts, but that’s not to say that some of our neighbors aren’t doing their thing, as well. For instance, the state of Connecticut is developing some promising young artists right now right in front of our eyes. One of these artists is Genshin, a producer and rapper with an inimitably hypnotic sound that you simply need to get hip to. Today, we introduce him to our pages with his video for “Late Nights/Demand Respect”.
On one hand, led by a southern-inspired style, rich with soul and smooth sounds, “Late Nights” finds Genshin dropping off clouded deliveries that fit seamlessly over the effortless sound of the production. With this, he provides listeners with a level of distant emotion, and in the way he rips out each flow, the rising talent is able to capitalize beautifully within the pockets of energy that the production provides. This very style is topped off with fitting visuals courtesy of Ike Bakah, playing on the hypnotic nature of neon lights to illustrate such a mysterious yet compelling sound.
The back end of this release, “Demand Respect”, surrounds Genshin with an ominous feeling, as he flawlessly moves through hazed production. Once matched with the chilling effects of dark blue imagery, this release is enhanced to the next level, and all in all, it works perfectly as the complement to “Late Nights”. If this doesn’t show you that Genshin is ready to help put CT on the map, then I don’t know what will. All I know is that there’s something special brewing in the Connecticut scene, and it’s up to us to pay attention and understand how dope this is.
Watch the visuals for “Late Nights/Demand Respect” below.
By: Seamus Fay
If you have been following Graduation Music for some time now, it goes without saying that you have heard the name Maye Star at least a few times. Hailing from Roxbury, this rising talent has graced our pages time and time again with his consistently smooth style, never failing to drop an anthem just when we need it. Today, he visits the standout Dee B-produced single, “Today”, with a must-watch visual companion directed by none other than Xandros Photo.
Lyrically, the song takes us through a day in the life of Maye Star, shedding light on his never-ending supply of clever bars and infectious cadences. Taking this illustrative aspect and bringing it directly to the screen, the music video for this track follows Maye around from when he wakes up to when he hits the studio, letting fans know how life has been for the rising talent as well as what he’s up to these days. As we await Star’s forthcoming album, SUPA MOON, be sure to prepare yourself by watching “Today” at the link below.
By: Seamus Fay
Vintage Lee has undoubtedly established herself as a top runner in Boston’s budding rap scene, marking her wave with numerous hit singles and her 2017 full-length debut, P.I.M.P. Add this to the extraordinary feat of getting her Tee-WaTT produced banger, “Hennythings Possible” on the NBA 2K18 soundtrack, and you now have a solid understanding of the incredible rap resume that Lee has built up so well. No stranger to our pages, the Roxbury native is back on Graduation Music today with the visual companion for the aforementioned standout track.
For starters, this video illustrates and embraces the charismatic presence that Vintage Lee has shown to be with a carefully-crafted touch as she drives around Roxbury in a luxurious BMW and wears her matching flex-worthy outfit (BTW that sportscoat is too clean). Personally, I find these A_Ciggs & Lauren Brimeyer-directed visuals to be the perfect match for such an unforgiving song, and this new release only reminded me of the sky-high potential that Lee truly possesses.
This Roxbury pimp on the way to the top, so be sure to show some love and check out the new video for “Hennythings Possible” below.
By: Seamus Fay
Simply put, whenever Tee-WaTT and Cousin Stizz join forces, it’s a wrap. Throughout their numerous collaborations over the years, One Night Only standout and one of my personal favorites of their catalog together, “Lambo”, has proven to solidify itself as an anthem of determination and the success that it yields for fans everywhere. Thankfully so, Stizz is back on our pages today to revisit that banger with accompanying visuals.
Rich not only in the luxurious imagery of a Lamborghini but also in the work that it takes to get there, these visuals show us the money-minded ambition that Stizz always seems to exhibit so gracefully with pinpoint accuracy and a personable touch. His inspirational rhymes and relaxed cadences act as promises of the success that the Dorchester native will soon see along with recollections of the success that he has seen so far, and with “Lambo”s purposeful presence as an anthem for getting the bag, these visuals were very necessary to painting the picture of motivation that One Night Only offers to us all.
In the beginning of the video, we watch Stizz eyeing the Lambo alongside Boston-raised designer Derrick Houston Jr. as he seems to take mental note of the car as his monetary goal – he’s not there yet, but with the look that he gives, he knows damn well that he’s on the way to the finish line. Following this decided ambition, the video pans into scene after scene of our favorite cousin collecting cash from boxing bets, shooting dice, and doing whatever else it takes to get what he needs in pursuit of the car, only to return to it by the end of the video and ultimately achieve his goal in racing the Lambo.
Directed by Ian Goodwin, these visuals paint a vivid picture of the motivational presence that Stizz represents in a manner that truly makes for a standout music video. But this comes as no surprise, as this director-rapper combo has seen immense complementary growth throughout the years with many success celebrated alongside one another – a staple case being the “Shoutout” music video that helped put Stizz on the map. With that, it’s always great to see these two rising stars back together with the same chemistry and passion they have shared since the jump, and “Lambo” is living proof that this collaboration yields a spectacular final product every time.
Something tells me that Stizz is just getting started with what he has to come in 2018, so be sure to show some love and click play on the music video for this money-minded anthem below.
By: Seamus Fay
It comes as no secret by now that SK85UPER$TAR is a natural entertainer. Whether it be on social media or in his music, he’s always sure to make you turn your head, and with his latest Blanco-directed visuals for “intaintshit!”, he is able to do just this. Personally, the carefree energy of the song in its infectious lyricism and confident deliveries first drew me in, but now that I see the visual companion for this one, it creates a connection with the song much further than just audio can do.
For starters, we have to acknowledge that Blanco snapped on this video. His effective use of bold coloring and entertaining effects makes for an overall visually pleasing video, but I find it to be even more effective in the way that he is able to capture the essence of SK85UPER$TAR’s character and personality so well. It’s a fun song and subsequently, we get a fun video. I’m a fan of this product overall and I would definitely recommend checking it out, so with that being said, click play on “itaintshit!” below and keep an eye on SK85UPER$TAR in the future.
By: Seamus Fay
Just a few months ago, King J released a very solid project in My Favorite Things, further proving his skills as a standout talent and making him a Graduation Music favorite. Today, he’s here to revisit the project and join our pages once again with the accompanying visuals for “Interracial Dating” – my personal favorite song on the project and a fitting example of why I became a fan of King J in the first place: his infectious flows and unapologetic personality.
This young talent is never afraid to say exactly who he is and exactly what he’s thinking on each and every new song he drops. With that, “Interracial Dating” is no different in the way that it exhibits his personality and charismatic presence using literal imagery and situational scenes to show us what he’s all about. Once these aspects meet the bubbling production and warm feel of the song, it’s a wrap. The @Iso_Villa – directed visuals for this one act as the perfect supplement to an already dope track, so be sure to check them out below and enjoy the wavy sounds of King J.