An Interview With Mizzie Cash

An Interview With Mizzie Cash

By: Seamus Fay

Staking claim to a spot in Boston’s rapidly-growing music community is no simple feat right now, and yet, by way of genuine hard work, a knack for crafting hits, and of course, an abundance of raw talent, Mizzie Cash has done so in an effortless manner. As one of the youngest talents coming out of the area, age seems to be ineffective in intimidating or limiting his ability – just one of the many factors that set him apart from the crowd without ever doing so in an ingenuine way.

Adding to this, Cash’s honest accounts of life and relentless professions of hustling are nothing to walk right over, as every verse is built on the foundation of uncompromised honesty. His flows and infectious choices of production only help out this cause, and deservedly so, Mizzie Cash might just be the next big name out of Boston for all of these reasons and more.

That being said, we here at Graduation Music had to get him on the site for an interview on Mizzie’s upbringing, Boston, his age, life goals, and much more. Read the conversation below.


Which part of Boston are you originally from and what was your childhood like?

[I’m from] Mattapan. My childhood was different, my mother raised me with help of my grandparents who lived in Milton.

How has growing up in Boston influenced your music, especially with the city’s current status as having a lesser known rap community?

I listen to a lot of Boston artists, currently. The streets have a culture, just no industry. My uncles rapped, my cousins, and etc, so Boston rap always been a thing to me.

I feel like we have our own sound, own lingo, and more. If you’re listening to the real artists, you’re gonna realize easily.

At what age did you become interested in music, and how / when did you start making music yourself?

8 to 9 years old. I started recording music very young, making my own studio with my lil cousin but it didn’t last too long. I always wrote music, though.

I just started making music in a serious mode ever since my bros got locked up, so about 2 years.

Your style seems to hold a heavy focus on the real-life situations that you face as well as the desire to get out of some of those situations and make it out of Boston. How do you go about turning your real life events into songs? What is the creative process like?

I try to make music for me and my friends, originally. Most of my raps are just memories or what I’m going through, but I make sure I don’t go too deep because I’m going through shit right now I can’t talk about & I probably won’t rap about until years later.

Who do you look up to as an artist?

I don’t look up to anyone, I’m only influenced by 2Pac, though, if that makes sense.

Currently, you’re one of the youngest artists coming out of the area in rap. How old are you and do you feel that your age affects your music at all?

I feel like Mass needs the youth – we gonna really speak what’s going on out here. Every other city got that youngin to speak for the youth.

What is your favorite movie?

Life, Blue Hill Ave, and Menace II Society.

DJ Nick has premiered a few of your releases. How did you originally link up with him and when did you two start working together?

That was through my manager Scoobz, shout out to him for that.

What are three of your life goals?

  1. Make it in rap
  2. Use rap to have a voice in the world
  3. Change the world

Lastly, what can fans expect from Mizzie Cash in the near future?

Expect for me to go harder because honestly, I didn’t even start yet.


Connect with Mizzie Cash on:

Twitter 

Instagram

SoundCloud

Empty Hour – “Blue”

Empty Hour – “Blue”

By: Seamus Fay

Here to drop off their hazy, slow-burning debut single, “Blue”, a group by the name of Empty Hour joins our pages today in one of the best tracks I’ve heard in recent weeks. Empty Hours consists of two artists: Krew$ and Tyler J. Palmer. Each of these two diverse talents holds their own respective strengths and weaknesses, but once matched together, these are washed away as they form a collaborative environment in which the nature of their music seems to be based on inseparable chemistry.

Of course, this is all based on one song, but nevertheless, it’s a special song and one that I feel comfortable analyzing in this light due to the advanced artistry that Empty Hour’s debut offering possesses. The comforting guitar riffs and relaxed vocal deliveries mesh together to craft a warm-weathered sonic background, and playing up to this effect is the subject matter of the pursuit of love. With this, “Blue” also takes aim as one of the most illustrative releases I’ve heard in some time, and rightfully so. Krew$ and Palmer are on a roll with their first single under the Empty Hour, so be sure not to sleep.

Listen to “Blue” at the link below:

Reem Skully – “Airplane Mode”

Reem Skully – “Airplane Mode”

By: Seamus Fay

If you’ve been following Graduation Music for some time now, you’ve probably heard the name Reem Skully at some point or another. If you haven’t? Well, you’re in for a treat, as this Mattapan native joins our pages today to unleash a lyrically dense new freestyle, “Airplane Mode”. But before we get into this one, I must tell you – this is the first solo offering from Skully in a minute, and if I had to sum up the prowess shown in his return to the spotlight, I’d make sure it’s known that this promising is back, better than ever. So don’t sleep.

At its core, “Airplane Mode” is a direct manifestation of Skully’s mindset at the moment, letting the world know that he’s done playing games, he’s driven as ever, and he’s not in his bag, he’s “in [his] briefcase“. The hypnotic production directly shows this attitude, as simplistic, to-the-point cadences float over the soulful instrumental, providing a relentlessly ambitious energy all along the way. This takes us back to the title of the track, “Airplane Mode”. Reem Skully refuses to be bothered, ridding his life of all of the distractions and getting straight to the point. And quite honestly, it seems to be working, as this freestyle is my personal favorite offering of his to date.

But don’t just take my word for it, listen below and keep an eye on Skully moving forward if you weren’t already!

YOUNGFACE – “Wakeup” ft. Mike Fellow [Music Video]

YOUNGFACE – “Wakeup” ft. Mike Fellow [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

At this point, YOUNGFACE is no stranger to our pages here at Graduation Music, and one release after another, he has built quite the rapport in Massachusetts as an incredibly promising young talent to keep an eye on. Today, we watch this advanced artistry come to fruition with the highly-anticipated accompanying visuals for “Wakeup” alongside Mike Fellow (shot and edited by J Nash). This track has been on heavy rotation since it first released a few weeks back, and deservedly so, the visuals follow this up with an emphatic display of cohesiveness and chemistry.

Also produced by the man behind this video, J Nash, the very nature of “Wakeup” is discovered within it’s ambitious, hustler-minded attitude, held in the spotlight by both YOUNGFACE and Mike Fellow’s respective verses. This mindset is brought to the forefront yet again with the scenery of the music video, watching as the two rising talents show their passion and dance to the song over money-minded lyricism that we can all relate to in some sense. That being said, “Wakeup” was an anthem before it’s visual companion, and now, it takes the status as one of the finest full releases to come out of MA this year, in my humble opinion – excelling both audibly and visually.

Watch the latest from YOUNGFACE at the link below:

Plad Fine$$e – “Zebra Print” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]

Plad Fine$$e – “Zebra Print” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]

By: Seamus Fay

Considering the widespread success of his self-titled debut mixtape from a few months back, I don’t find it shocking or bold in any way to say that Plad Fine$$e is one of Boston’s most promising representatives right now, ready to take on the music world far beyond his Roxbury origins. He’s done so to an extent, already, and with chilling singles and hard-nosed verses to back the excitement up, Fine$$e doesn’t seem to be slowing down at any point in the near future. Today, the Graduation Music favorite hits our pages once again with a brand new single titled “Zebra Print”.

Produced by frequent collaborator and undeniable hit machine, 4oTo Roles, this track takes Plad’s strengths and puts them on full display, supplying the perfect sonic atmosphere to do so along the way. The unforgiving melodies find themselves running right beside the young talent’s play-no-games lyricism, and in this way, “Zebra Prints” takes off from the first second, never looking back and never letting up the pressure. This release is telling to the vocal style that we have come to know and love Plad Fine$$e for over time, and all in all, “Zebra Print” is yet another reason why he’s got next.

Listen to the latest from the Roxbury native at the link below:

Weekly Discovery: ATM

Weekly Discovery: ATM

By: Seamus Fay

As an artist, growth, or defining creative vision and working towards its execution, over time is often shown through the progression of one’s catalog of music. One artist that has shown this development with a keen eye for what works and what doesn’t is New Jersey’s own, ATM. His track record of 13 tracks on SoundCloud right now proves a path of unrivaled authenticity and a clear creative vision, as every song seems to work on the strengths of the last while striving for the improvements of the next offering. 

This trait has led me to find sky-high potential in a number of his songs such as “Vashtie“, “Rush“, and “Lupin The 3rd“, and today, Graduation Music is proud to present an interview we conducted with the young talent, marking the fourth installment of our weekly discovery series. Read the conversation covering his origins as an artist, his work with Cor Blanco, his inspiration, and more, below.


How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music?

Uh, I would say my music is tight. I have different mood music, so like I make music for everyone. Happy people, sad people, every kinda person.

When did you start making music in the first place? How did all of this come about and how do you feel about how the fans have reacted / how far you have come?

I started like a year and a half ago. I was chilling with Cor [Blanco] one day on sum random shit & he was finishing up his tape & I was like yo bro let me get on a song, so I tried this shit, and I liked it. When I made the song “Friends” that shit really hit. My whole county was fucking with it. Idk if I still have those day one-supporting niggas but I haven’t made the noise that I wanted yet, still pushing.

What’s the rap scene like in New Jersey right now? Is there a lot of influence from New York?

Idk I try to focus on myself and my friends, to be honest. And nah, not really, I don’t think so. I listen to every kinda of music so that’s where my influences come from.

On the production side of things, Cor Blanco is one of your most frequent collaborators. How did you two meet and how did you start making music together?

Yea that’s my bro 4 lyfe, we went to high school together. I mean we wasn’t always as close as we are now, but the music brought us close as fuck. He’s the first person I ever made music with and we just stuck with it.

When working on new music, where do you usually find inspiration from? Describe your creative process.

My favorite artists are Tyler the Creator, Pharrell, Playboi Carti & Kali Uchis. So like idk, I mix all those into 1 haha, or at least I try to. To be honest, I just listen to beats from Cor and if I feel it, I feel it. I usually don’t write any of my songs. I catch writer’s block & shit, so freestyling is the way for me.

Lastly, what can fans expect from ATM in the near future?

Bruh, these niggas are in for a treat, dude. Sick videos, sad ass music, you know – different shit. Shit they’d want from me. I’m never gonna shy away from my style.


Connect with ATM on:

SoundCloud

Instagram

Twitter

StupidGenius – “Mirage” [Prod. Bouvé]

StupidGenius – “Mirage” [Prod. Bouvé]

By: Seamus Fay

It’s always going to be a great day when we receive new music from StupidGenius, and today, fans have been blessed with a warm-weathered anthem entitled “Mirage”. Featuring a guest production credit from none other than Bouvé, this well-deserved collaboration is a clear look into the potential of two of the largest hit machines in Massachusetts right now. The weather is getting warm, it’s about that time when everyone starts releasing music to chase the excitement of the season, and “Mirage” couldn’t have been a better release to kick things off on the right foot.

Featuring production from StupidGenius’s own, Lil Rich, alongside Bouvé, this sparkling beat acts as the perfect sonic background for a group of such positive energy and raw hype. StupidGenius has always been known to hold a certain level of authenticity to their sound, and by focusing on the successes and ambitions that they have both now and in the future, this track acts as a window into this with an exceptionally infectious tint. That being said, “Mirage” is just the song we were all looking forward to in hopes of completing our summer playlists, so be sure not to sleep on the latest offering from StupidGenius and Bouvé – this pairing could most definitely do some damage if they keep working together in the future.

Listen to “Mirage” at the link below.