Weekly Discovery: BEAR1BOSS

By: Shamus Hill

The Graduation Music staff is thrilled to present our latest Weekly Discovery article featuring Atlanta’s Bear1Boss. Mass Music’s Kriss Krosse first hipped us to the rapper’s invigorating single “Avatar” a couple of months back, and from there he’s only solidified his musical catalog with a variety of endlessly-playable tracks. Making a name for himself through his unpredictable, exhilarating sound — Bear1Boss, simply put, is the future of rap music in Atlanta. Check out our interview with the rising start below:


BEGINNINGS


To start, who are you and where are you from? 

My name is Bear1Boss and I’m from Bouldercrest Road in East Atlanta Zone 6.

What was your childhood experience like?

I grew up with my grandmother the only boy of 3 — the baby. We lived off of her social security check. 

What were some of your early interests in life? 

Music, dance, basketball and dirt bikes 

What kind(s) of music did you grow up listening to? Who are some of your favorite artists? 

I grew up on Hip-Hop, Pop, and Alternative Rock. Some of my favorite artists right now are Skooly, Thug, Future, Lil Uzi, YNW Melly

How and when did you start making music of your own? 

I started in the 5th Grade with Protools 


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What are some of your first memories attached to the music scene in Atlanta? 

Being in the studio with Casino and Young Scooter 

Your discography is full of Atlanta talent, ranging from artists with international recognition all the way down to the artists that are just starting out. From a personal standpoint, why is it important to work with the artists in your hometown? 

It’s important because you need to make sure you stick to your roots.

Key is one of the more notable artists hailing from Atlanta, and three months ago the two of you linked up on “Too Serious”. How did this relationship form? 

I met him at Fani shop and then I met him again with with one of my Managers, Brave. We were at a bar and he fell in love with me.

Which artists from Atlanta have influenced you the most? 

Skooly and Key


DISCOGRAPHY


How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?

“I’m a motherfucking rock star!”

Which one of your tracks is your personal favorite? 

“Soundcloud Rapper”

What was the inspiration behind the making of “Avatar”? 

I was trying to give a feature to my little cousin 

Everything about your catalog of music — especially your delivery and ab-libbing — is highly unique. How has your musical style developed since you began making music? What went into this process? 

It’s just something that came out of me. It’s a part of me. I call it “Hotsauce”. 

What’s the studio environment like? Who do you typically make music with? 

I work out of either Street Execs or 14golds’ Studio with World General and myself. 

How did you and 14golds meet one another?

I did an open mic contest and he was the DJ 

What do you want your listeners to take away from your music? 

I want them to feel close to me. Like they can “party” with me. 


FUTURE


What’s next for Bear1Boss? 

More visuals and unexpected singles + projects

If you could make music with anyone this year, who would it be? 

Andre 3000

What is your goal for 2019? 

Perform at Rolling Loud, Coachella, and other large festivals


Listen to our hand-picked playlist of Bear1Boss’ music below:

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Weekly Discovery: SC.undercover

By: Shamus Hill

Our latest Weekly Discovery article focuses on England’s SC.undercover, a highly-versatile R&B artist who’s discography centers itself around the many sides of love. We spoke with him about his life and musical career. Check it out below:


Who are you and where are you from?

I’m an R&B artist originally from a small town in England called Walsall

When did you begin making music?

I have always been musically inclined, but I only started writing heavily and creating music seriously in my mid-teens

Who were some of your early influences in life, both musically and non-musically speaking?

Musically, I have always taken influence from Prince because of the level of musicianship he possessed along with his dedication towards his craft.

In life, I am most inspired by those who come from nothing and become something.

How would you describe your music? 

I would describe my music as a reflection of life that is created with the intention of providing both relatability and entertainment

Which release of yours is your personal favorite?

“Broke and Sober” holds a special place in my catalog of releases because I wrote it over a two-year period, and it was the first song that initiated my career.

What do you want listeners to get from your music?

As long as my fans take something away from listening to me then that is what matters most to me.

What can we expect to come in 2019?

 2019: I hope the world will know my name and music

Listen to SC.undercover below:

SC.undercover — Spotify/Apple Music

Weekly Discovery: Mosa

By: Jake O’Brien

The transformation of Boston, Massachusetts into a hub of musical culture has given local media outlets a plethora of skilled lyricists, dedicated rappers, and impressive vocalists to both write about and enjoy. As the city continues to flourish, the appreciation for the artists present within the local scene has soared to new heights.

One relatively new artist from the city that has been doing his best to push the 617 area code forward is Mosa. This Boston-bred artist has kept his foot on the gas for the majority of his life, and has been on a continuous pursuit towards evolution within his discography. In a recent conversation with Graduation Music, Mosa revealed that his attraction to music began when he was very young. At just 9 years old, he started to write verses and experiment with rhymes. With time, Mosa explained, his love for music only grew stronger, which eventually led to him recording his first track at the age of 14. Mosa began to develop an ambitious mindset towards music at a very early stage in his life, and it truly helped to shape the career that he’s in possession of today. Some of his past achievements include opening for both PNB Rock and ABoogie, growing a devoted fan base via social media, and receiving countless cosigns from many of Massachusetts’ most talented artists.

In 2018, his main focus circulated around feeding his audience a consistent stream of high quality singles, while intentionally straying away from features. By remaining relatively independent, Mosa created a solid foundation for himself, and thus attracted more exposure to his music. One single that truly kick-started his success was a song titled “Adrenaline”. This track was released by Mosa in the Summer of 2018, and is a perfect example of the versatility he provides as an artist. The mellow production style of the  “Adrenaline” beat presents Mosa with an opportunity to deliver laid-back bars and speak honestly to his listeners. The hook of the track is incredibly catchy, and assists in showcasing the vocal capabilities Mosa has present within his musical arsenal. The content of this chorus is mainly focused on the many different realizations that Mosa has arrived at in life, specifically regarding both his work ethic and the fact that he can never imagine himself becoming “irrelevant”. In each of the verses on “Adrenaline”, Mosa uses soft vocals to thoughtfully spit bars which cover various subjects.

For many of our followers, this article is less of introduction to Mosa, and more of a reminder of how skilled he really is. It’s only right that we show our respect to such an extremely talented musician out of Boston. Some things that we can expect to see from Mosa this year include the release of his debut album, as well as the sale of personal merchandise.

Be sure to check out “Adrenaline” and some of Mosa’s other tracks below. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Weekly Discovery, and we’ll see you again next week!

Weekly Discovery: Malci

By: John Matraia

On Malci’s DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF, we indulge ourselves in the extremely self-aware and creative universe of Malci. The 19 track, well-thought-out project spans 41 minutes, and stays fresh on every listen. Malci carries listeners through the whole project with his genuine, charismatic delivery that is truly refreshing. His production is truly unique and addicting throughout, featuring beautifully chopped samples and crazy intricacies that aren’t caught right away, keeping the album interesting. The beats perfectly mirror the subject matter of each track and make for a cohesive listen overall, while the short instrumentals, guiding one track to the next, keep for a very engaging listen.

Throughout the course of the project, Malci touches on a range of different topics including his childhood, religion, the creation of this album, being called a weirdo, and much more. Reflecting this to-the-point style, the hooks on here are perfect, as the rising talent never gets ahead of himself, keeping the music very catchy while clearly conveying the central idea of the tracks — an arsenal of skills all of which come together to show off his incredible songwriting ability and versatility. That said, I can’t recommend this album enough. Malci really did his thing to make it a special, deeply personal project, and in such a way, it goes without saying that this is just the right album for any fan of solid hip-hop.

I wasn’t familiar with Malci when I initially pressed play on DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF, but after quickly realizing the true range of his talents, I decided that this is just the kind of project that should be paired with an interview featuring the man himself. Check out Malci and I’s conversation all about DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF and more down below.


Starting things off, where are you from?

I’ve been pretty nomadic my whole life so I can’t really say anywhere in particular. I’ve lived in Indianapolis as well as various towns and suburbs in Illinois, but I think the longest I’ve been anywhere has been in Chicago.

What were you like as a kid when you were growing up?

Pretty much the same way I am now. Laidback, quiet, and goofy. I used to make a lot more dumb decisions, but you either learn to change that type of behavior or it catches up with you. I spent a lot more time hooping than I did rapping or making beats, but I always had a knack for wordplay and looping samples, so I came back to that once I started going to college.

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Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?

DOOM, J Dilla & Ras Kass were always heavy in rotation for me growing up. Outkast & El-P too.

I saw something on your Bandcamp describing yourself as “somewhere between Quasimoto & Shabazz Palaces, Guru (of Gangstarr) & Death Grips”, which sounds pretty accurate to me. Who are your biggest musical influences today?

Each album it tends to vary since I’m always trying to push myself into trying something different. I’ve been real inspired by the legends Burial and Cannibal Ox lately. They dropped these dope ass otherworldly albums that still sound futuristic even compared to contemporary projects. It’s always a goal to put out something that sounds like it came from another universe.

What is the significance of David Foster Wallace?

I had read some essays by DFW when I was writing DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF. He went down some philosophical rabbit holes about existence and afterlife that really resonated with my own beliefs and opinions. Whenever I talked to my homies that liked his writing, they kept referencing his book “Infinite Jest”. I thought it was funny how ironic it would be to end up in another plane of existence and see DFW, and I’m like, “Yo I’m always plugging you….but I ain’t read that shit”.

Would you say that most people don’t really know themselves?

That’s straight facts. Nobody knows themselves, and if you do, it’s only for your current stimuli which is guaranteed to change. I don’t care what bravado people put on, a disaster or a trauma will shake up your sense of self and your beliefs. I feel like that’s just part of the human condition– you’re always growing and trying find a grasp on something

What are some of your favorite albums?

Madvillainy by Madvillain, Los Angeles by Flying Lotus, Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart, Troupeau Bleu by Cortex, and Reasonable Doubt by Jay Z.

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The first song on the album after the intro, “Gospel”, talks about how you don’t go to church anymore, and you just try to do what seems like the right thing and hope you end up ok. When did you stop going to church and what made you do it?

Man I stopped that when I was like 12. I thought about religion and spirituality a lot when my parents would bring me to church, and I started piecing stuff together like how come sex and murder were both punishable by damnation, but sex was chill if you put a ring on it first? It seemed so wishy-washy to me. Around that time, all those Catholic priests got caught for pedophilia and it really just took all of the innocence and belief out of religion in general for me. These dudes were in stark contradiction of the bible, but that was supposed to be absolved because they were “holy”? I couldn’t rock with that kind of thinking. As I got older, I understood how money corrupted nearly every religion and with that much doubt in me, I could never take church seriously again.

The production throughout “Do You Know Yourself” is immaculate. Do you do all of the production yourself? How do you go about finding all of the samples you use?

Yeah bruh I did all of the production by myself. I don’t know what my exact process was but I just was always sampling. I’d go to the record store anytime I had some extra cash, dig through the crates and I wouldn’t go to bed until I listened through 3 or 4 records. I’m a fan of the music first, so I was just buying vinyls by artists I already was vibing with and getting lucky with some dollar bin finds.

There are two interludes/instrumentals on the album, “enteringtherecordstore” and “leavingtherecordstore” — inside this record store is the song “Everyday”, where you talk about every day being the same, and not having anything to show for it. What is the significance of the record store?

A big part of that song was just trying to express the mundanity of everyday life, and the record store was part of my daily routine. The whole album kind is of the summation of the thoughts firing off in my brain and the record store had been such a central part of my process while making the album, I felt like I had to express that.

How long was the creative process for “Do You Know Yourself”? Is it something you made in a short amount of time all at once or did you work on it in smaller sections over a longer period of time?

It was about 5-6 months of work. I had wrote this album out like 3-4 times, but I kept changing beats or fixing verses. I ended up just rewriting the whole thing a night or two before I went in to record it with my engineer and sticking with that as the final draft.

Lastly, what’s next for Malci?

I’ve got some new projects coming. Definitely one before 2019, maybe a couple more in the early spring.


Thank you to Malci for the wonderful opportunity and taking the time to talk to us. Considering his talent and breath-of-fresh-air artistry, we can’t wait to see what he does next.

Follow Malci on Twitter here and stream DO YOU KNOW YOURSELF below:

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Weekly Discovery: Glizzy F Baby

By: Seamus Fay

Just a few days back, while scrolling through my SoundCloud feed, I stumbled upon an absolute gem of a song entitled “Fifa”. I simply had to look further into it, and in the process, I got hip to a rising hitmaker by the name of Glizzy F Baby. Balancing a range of mesmerizing, effortlessly smooth flows and an incredible ear for finding just the right production, all I can say is that Glizzy is about to be massive. There exists no weak spot in his catalog, and considering the way his skills have only sharpened with each successive release, I don’t see the Georgia native slowing down anytime soon.

That being said, Graduation Music is here to present to our readers an interview with our latest weekly discovery. Keep reading below to learn more about Glizzy F Baby and his style, influences, background, and more.

Just trust me, you’ll be seeing his name everywhere soon.


To start off, where are you originally from? How did you first get into making music?

I’m from Columbus, GA and I don’t even remember when I first got into making music. I know I been fucking wit it for a min since a jit — like back in middle school it was a thing for me. Ever since I can remember I had a love for music. Not just making it, but enjoying it in its purest form.

The name Glizzy F Baby is an allusion to Lil Wayne’s nickname, “Weezy F Baby”. What does Wayne mean to you as an artist and in what ways has he influenced you?

For sure and er thang, Weezy F one of my top 3 all time. From the start, he influenced me with the crazy wordplay to the metaphors n er thang in between.

Top 3 favorite NBA players of all time?

MJ, Allen Iverson, LeBron.

You seem to find a lot of inspiration in cultural moments and figures of the 90s and early 00s. More specifically, who/what are your main sources of inspiration and how do these inspirations play into your creative process when making new music?

I like what I like — that’s one of those things where you can’t really explain it, but as far as my inspirations, Future is one of my biggest. He’s also one of my favorite artists when u look at the way he came up n the authenticity he did it with.

But as far as making music, I don’t really take more from one person than another — I’m inspired by many artists. I’m inspired by everyday life more than anything. I most def appreciate the figures and music of the early 90’s n er thang B4 me, though. As far as the imagery goes, I like the aesthetic of older images/movies n shit like that.

If you were to direct a movie about your life, what actor would play you and why?

I don’t know, that’s a good question. I never thought of it before, but I’ll say somebody like Ace Boogie (from Paid in Full) who started from nun n worked his way up — he took the game n ran wit it. That’s one of my favorite movies, by the way.

What are some of your main goals as an artist?

Give the fans a vibe every time. As far as like long-term goals, though, I want to have some number one singles, platinum plaques — u know, shit like that. Maybe a Grammy or sum.

I see it going as far as it can go, ion put a limit on things. I can see myself being a household name when it’s all said n done.

Lastly, what can fans expect from Glizzy F Baby in the rest of 2018?

More singles, fur sure. I’ve also been plotting on releasing a project, though — I feel like I owe the fans one. And visuals, too. I got a lot of stuff in the works. I’m gon b putting together some vlogs like on some day-to-day type shit, as well.


Connect with Glizzy F Baby on:

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Weekly Discovery: Noah Bentley

By: Shamus Hill

Los Angeles’ Noah Bentley is the latest artist to be featured on Graduation Music’s Weekly Discovery series, and the 18-year-old is here to gift you some wonderful, positive energy for the remainder of your summer. Compact full of love trials, transitioning out of adolescence, and aspirations towards a joyous future, Noah’s discography possesses depth to say the least. I spoke with Noah Bentley about the effect Los Angeles has had on him, his roots, and what influences his art. Read the interview below:

Where are you from, and for how long now have you been making music seriously?

I’m from LA. I was born in the valley and have been living here since. I’ve been seriously making music for a little over 2 years. I used to mix and master for the first year and a half, but I always knew I could make good music. One day I just recorded myself, and from there I started making my own music as Noah Bentley.



How does the LA area affect your music?

Both LA and the valley are such a melting pot of cultures, but the valley is in the middle of all of LA’s popular landmarks. You drive for 30 minutes in one direction and you’ll end up at the beach, or Hollywood. You drive a little longer and you’ll run into DTLA. This has opened my eyes to a variety of different lifestyles, and has helped me experience a lot of interesting events, which I turn into storytelling through my music.

In three words, how would you describe your music?

Soundtrack to life.

Is it just you, or do you work with a team of people?

I work my team Potluck. We’re a hip-hop collective and record label located in LA. Our team has producers, videographers, managers, and designers. Each member of the team brings a unique skill set fourth, and we’re all working under the mantra:

Everybody Cooks, Everybody Eats.

The entirety of your music catalog features production at the hands of JustBeatz. Can you speak on the relationship you two have, as well as what it is in particular about his production that makes you work with him exclusively?

JUSTBEATZ! That’s my boy, we went to middle school together and hung at school, but rarely out of school. We didn’t really get close until I recognized him doing his thing in music and producing for different artists. That was around the time where I was mixing and mastering an album for one of my team members Hundo (instagram: @hundo.ptlk), and I reached out to JustBeatz because I liked what he was putting out. From there we became real tight and were always working together. These days, I’m ALWAYS in the studio with JustBeatz either making beats, or making new songs for myself. We have a great work flow, which is the one of the main reasons he has exclusively produced my discography.



Listening through your music for the first time, it’s easy to note the vibrant, overarching feeling of joy that’s prevalent with each track. What would you like listeners to takeaway from your collection of music?

Aside from my hearing a story from my life and making folks dance, I want my listeners to hear my music and be inspired to go be great at something, and work their hardest at whatever their craft may be.

If you could collaborate with any two people on a song, who would you choose?

I would pick Marvin Gaye (RIP) and Vince Staples.

Who inspires you?

In a non-musical sense, I’m really inspired by Sheck Wes. Anytime I see his face on social media it makes me get up and work. He’s one of the few artists I’ve watched blow up, so every time I see him winning, it’s a reminder to continue working as hard as I can.

Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

I love being in nature, untouched nature always inspires me in a way that nothing else does

What can fans expect next from Noah Bentley?

Oooh can’t say too much, but expect to see your granny dance when she hears this new music



Listen to Noah Bentley’s music below:

https://soundcloud.com/shamus-hill/sets/weekly-discovery-noah-bentley/s-mtTQp

Weekly Discovery: KYSLINGO

By: Seamus Fay

Music discovery, at face value, is essentially just a hunt for all of the hidden gems that people tend to miss. Once one of these gems is brought to the spotlight, new opportunities arise for artists and those small gems are able to graduate to a larger scale of operation. One of my personal favorite recent discoveries is that of KYSLINGO — a Maryland artist currently trailblazing his own path in pursuit of this further graduation.

Marked by a trunk-rattling concoction of melodic bass kicks, KYSLINGO’s sound is like nothing else I’ve heard. He communicates deep emotion by weaving through monstrous instrumentals, providing listeners with a remarkably raw, intoxicating sound. In such a way, he also possesses immense consistency with his art, so much so that at this point, it’s only a matter of time until we’re hearing the name KYSLINGO everywhere.

That being said, we here at Graduation music had to get the buzzing artist on our pages for a Weekly Discovery. You can read our conversation with KYSLINGO below.


To start off, where are you from? What was your childhood like?

Easton, Maryland. Eh, it was ight. Just been to alotta schools — that shit never fun.

Many listeners considered your sound to be the trailblazer for an entirely new genre of rap. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music?

Just like that.

Your SoundCloud profile picture shows Paris Hilton carrying a pink cellphone. What’s going on there?

I can’t really explain it but I feel like that pic.

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What are your main sources of inspiration? When sitting down to write a song or make a beat, what keeps you going?

Most of the time I drink to create, but everything is usually based off strong emotion. I gotta feel it. Nothing is forced. No specific person or nun like that inspires me. I just wanna be great like everyone else.

Five years from now, where do you want to be both musically and as a person?

Musically, I know imma be above all these niggas, I already am. But as a person, Imma be the same.

What can fans expect from KYSLINGO in the remainder of 2018?

Hits. Only.


Connect with KYLSINGO on:

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