MEECH – ”NineFour’ [Album Review]

By: Shamus Hill

Anyone who’s been keeping up with the current climate of Massachusetts’ music scene will undoubtedly be aware of the mark that Van Buren Records has been leaving in 2019. Luke Bar$ and Jiles kicked things off with the release of their collaboration project, 2 Sides, and soon after they were followed up by Lord Felix with the release of In Bloom, Forever. The both of these projects have assisted in cementing Brockton as one of the Bay State’s musical powerhouses, and today, MEECH dropped his second album, ‘NineFour, which only reinforces this statement.

Sitting at a comfortable 6 tracks, ‘NineFour is a solid composition that intertwines vulnerable life experience and futuristic aspirations. Anyone who has kept up with our site throughout the last few years will assuredly recognize MEECH by name, as he’s steadily risen up the food-chain within Brockton’s long list of amazing artists. He possesses an innate ability to flow meticulously whilst keeping his lyrical content up to an extremely high par. Each track off of ‘NineFour contains a vastly different feeling, but much like life itself, flows into the next chapter with true fluidity. In a statement released by MEECH prior to the album’s release he stated:

I HIGHLY urge you to listen to the lyrics, concepts. Smoke one to it, drink to it, meditate to it, work out to it, etc.

Topics such as falling to the Demise of your own and other people’s actions, feelings of being financially/spiritually/mentally Rich & Broke. Struggle with Trusting people wholeheartedly, stress of going to outside festivities and evil aspects that’s currently infested into our world. To elevating mentally, spiritually & physically with a possible life partner. 
Every feature was written with so much vulnerability, and authentic ass perspectives. It’s the closest you’ll get to truly know who we are as PEOPLE and what we think and go through. If you don’t personally know us, we gave you a piece of who we are. 


Stay Woke, Stay Blessed, and Stay Inspired. 

MEECH via Instagram

The only features on this project are Van Buren’s Jiles, Lord Felix, and Luke Bar$, with each putting their best foot forward to assist MEECH in achieving new heights. “No House Parties (Stay Inside)” served as the first single to be released off of ‘NineFour, and throughout my first few listens to the project it remains formidable as my favorite component of this release. “We VB” which features Lord Felix, is yet another standout, as this track thoroughly encapsulates the energy persistent within Van Buren Records. This collective of highly capable artists is centered around hometown pride and the truthful bond that persists between each member. They only grow stronger as each builds upon their individual discographies, and as they continue to develop alongside one another there’s no telling where the end of their achievements will lay. We’ve already been blessed with a high volume of potent music in 2019, however it’s Van Buren Records that has been paving the way for the rest of Massachusetts.

Stream MEECH’s latest project, ‘NineFour, below:

Production by AG, B. Stanley, Godzart, AeBeats, E’ZZ, Emani Beats, & Dartizt

Cover Art by Oludaré & Lord Felix

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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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Maka – “Live In Boston” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today with the release of his first music video is Cambridge’s Maka.

“Live In Boston” served as Maka’s debut rap release which hit the streets more than a year ago. Circulating around the monetary motivation that pushes both Maka and his peers, this track is living proof of just how much of a multi-faceted artist he is. Known for his watery, unpredictable flows that take over the mindset of the listener, “Live In Boston” is a wondrous combination of Maka’s usual style and rapping capabilities. Be on the lookout for what he has next to come.

Watch the official music video for “Live In Boston” at the link below:

Shot/Directed by Henry McGowan (Pinkslip Films)

Edited by Imani Pina

Produced by Maka

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. 

Listen to “Pac-Man” below:

Donald Grunge – “Cowboy Talk” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Graduation Music’s favorite cowboy, Donald Grunge, recruited the talents of John Rawl to assist in bringing his first music video to life.

“Cowboy Talk” served as the intro to Donald Grunge’s debut project, Cowboy Talk, and since its release towards the end of 2018 its remained undeniably formidable. Every single component of it has endured the test of time, with it being arguably the best project to come out of Massachusetts since Cousin Stizz’s Suffolk County. Whatever your opinion may be, one thing persists, and it’s that Donald Grunge refuses to fly under anyone’s radar. Seemingly everyday now he reveals a new snippet of a track that somehow sounds better than the last, and he continuously teases at collaboration projects with some of the Bay State’s finest artists. To say that his 2019 is going to be a successful one would be a vast understatement. We’re tremendously excited to see what he has to offer as the year continues.

Watch the official music video for “Cowboy Talk” below:

Ronny Llama – ‘Give It A Year’

By: Eden Bekele

Making his Graduation Music debut is rapper/producer, Ronny Llama, who recently graced listeners with his first official project, Give It a Year. The project was Llamas second release of 2018, following his first single titled, “Hueman”. 

The Dorchester native is no stranger to the Boston scene, and his project even starts with a promise to put on for the city. Give It a Year sits at 9 tracks — with each being full of pure introspection, lyricism and a proper amount of humor. Llama mixes his lyrical prowess with nostalgic and eery beats throughout, which assist in making even the most emotionless listener feel deeply. From “Ñac Ñac”, where his production and humming is reminiscent of a young Kid Cudi, to “Days I Think of You”, where a heartbroken lover leaves a chilling voicemail — Llama captivates listeners and leaves us wanting more. 

In the two months following the release of the project, Llama has dropped three singles, “What I Do”, “Passive Aggressive”, and “Goodbye”, which collectively make it known that this isn’t the artist to sleep on. His 2019 has been incredibly bright up through this point in time, and we look forward to hearing more from Ronny Llama as he continues his journey towards success. 

Listen to Ronny Llama’s debut album ‘Give It A Year’ below:

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Valley – “Time” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Dorchester’s finest, Valley, graces the Graduation Music site once again with an elegant visual for his brand-new single “Time”.

Throughout the last couple of years, Valley has been able to nestle himself towards the top of the food chain with respect to the music coming out of Massachusetts. His discography is one that is finely-calibrated, with each individual component being of utmost perfection. Following the success of his handful of singles, Valley sought out M9visuals to bring his first music video to life — with everyone involved truly hitting this one out of the park.

Centering itself around life in “Lil Miami”, this release fully embodies the glamorizing presence that surrounds Valley within both his discography and everyday life. He possesses an innate ability to flow meticulously whilst giving listeners a glimpse at his lifestyle — one that straight-up exudes authenticity. Lacing him with some entrancing production once again is Stoop Kid, who’s wondrous ability to craft an instrumental has really taken Valley’s music to an entirely new caliber of success. Relying solely off of the potency present within his music rather than some form of a gimmick, there isn’t a single doubt surrounding the fact that the Dorchester native will quickly become a household name within the Hip-Hop community.

Watch the official music video for “Time” below:

Directed by M9Visuals

Produced by Stoop Kid

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