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
Connecticut’s music scene may not be known as the strongest, but that’s not to say that there are no dope artists there, waiting to be discovered. On Graduation Music, we have just scratched the surface by covering names such as Lonny X and Genshin, but I think we just found another artist that is going to help put CT on the map when the time is right. Courtesy of a well-deserved Pigeons & Planes premiere, I was put onto CT artist Don Zio P just a few weeks ago and his latest anthem, “Hallelujah”. And trust me, before we get into this, I must warn you that you’re about to have this song on repeat all day after your first listen.
In essence, “Hallelujah” is the perfect celebration song for getting to the bag in 2018. No matter what your hustle may be, Don Zio P and Déjà Vu are ready to help you embrace the grind with the perfect song to act as the soundtrack, and if it’s up to them, it’s important to understand that “Ballin has nothing to do with how much money you make but always feeling good when that money comes in.” This very state of mind is reflected wonderfully over cheerful, triumphant melodies and an addicting tropical sound that will hold over well as we head into the spring and distance ourselves from winter.
I could go on about this song all day, but I’ll let you check it out for yourself. Listen to “Hallelujah” below and get hip to two of Connecticut’s rising stars before they blow up.
By: Seamus Fay
Ever since we heard Maka and Durkin connect on their tropical EP, Another Island, it has been a known fact that the two hold an unrivaled chemistry that not many artists know how to bring out. Maybe it’s the complementary nature of their sounds, maybe they’re just on the same page creatively, or maybe it’s something else, but no matter what the trick is, we know that it’s going to be special when these two standout artists join forces. Today, they hit our pages once again with “Blanka” – an anthemic track featuring Maka on the vocals and Durkin on the boards that you simply need to hear.
Surrounded by the naturally-infectious energy that Maka delivers so well, this song finds itself sprinting through rapid flows and memorable lyricism. It’s the kind of release that you start to learn the lyrics to after just one or two listens, and subsequently, holds an abundance of replay value for fans to latch onto. Aside from this, as always seems to be the case, “Blanka” is a reminder of the hit-making abilities of this power duo, dripping in warm-weathered sounds while still holding the ability to be played in any season at any function. With that being said, be sure to give it a listen at the link below and listen to Another Island here!
By: Seamus Fay
Graduation Music has been covering the budding Massachusetts music scene for almost a year and a half now. Every day we cover new music while scouring Twitter and SoundCloud for undiscovered talent, but even so, there will always be artists that slip right by us, undiscovered until someone brings them to our attention. Today, this kind of discovery arrives to us via the music discovery MVP himself, Greg Gaffney. With that, we proudly introduce our readers to Boston’s YOUNGFACE and Philadelphia’s mikefellow with their new single, “Wakeup”.
At its very core, “Wakeup” is an anthemic display of the diverse talents that YOUNGFACE and mikefellow bring to the table. Each of the two slide right over passionate production courtesy of J Nash, and in a well-executed display of seamless chemistry, their flows bounce of off one another brilliantly. In this light, this track is yet another incredible find from the Boston area, so Graduation Music will definitely be keeping an eye on YOUNGFACE in the coming future. He has the talent and the charisma to make some serious waves, so listen to “Wakeup” at the link below and follow him on SoundCloud here.
By: Seamus Fay
Since I first stumbled upon his music, Terod Belle has always been known to me as an artist of immense vocal talents – a skill well-recognized by his complementary features of being an incredibly creative wordsmith and being able to exhibit genuine passion on any song. Showcasing each of these features, as well as an additional spark of unrivaled honesty, the Boston native returns to Graduation Music today with his latest offering, “Theresa’s Song” featuring frequent collaborator Alejandro Blanco.
Acting as a tribute to his late mother released on the day of her birthday, Belle finds inspiration deep within his heart and mind for this track. It’s as heartbreaking as it is perfectly-articulated, and looking at the stature within the local scene that this rising artist has developed, I’m quite sure his mother would be very proud of him. “Theresa’s Song” is an intense song, but a wonderful listen when you think of the deeply-rooted space of emotion that it originated from. With that being said, be sure to show some love and listen to Terod Belle’s latest offering at the link below.
By: Seamus Fay
It comes as no secret by now that Boston-based DJ duo, the SuperSmashBroz, are capable of getting the vibes right in any function. Having said that, their unique ability to not only recognize the energy at a given show or event, but also adjust to this feeling and perform with such calculated precision is quite simply unrivaled. Today, the SmashBroz showcase this very skill and return to Graduation Music yet again with the release of their latest mix, “AfroVibes Volume 3”.
As always, this collection of hits channels a very specific mood, and with a brilliant supply of infectious, dance-based songs to lead the way, the mix establishes itself as another fantastic release from the city’s favorite brotherly duo. Get your afro vibes right and listen to the latest from the SuperSmashBroz at the link below!
By: Seamus Fay
Here at Graduation Music, we always try to make sure our readers are hip to the latest talents coming out of Massachusetts. However, sometimes artists will fall through the cracks for us, and in pursuit of sealing up these cracks, we always try to go back and make sure that credit is being given where its due. Such is the case with Boston rap group, the iLL Addicts. Admittedly, we have slept on them in the past, but today, the Addicts make their Graduation Music debut with an incredible single titled “Conclusions”.
Produced by none other than local producer ProSwervez, this track establishes itself right away as a source of intoxicating personality and inimitable chemistry within the group. Each artist clearly understands where they contribute most effectively, and by utilizing confrontational deliveries and hard-hitting lyricism to showcase this, “Conclusions” reaches the emphatic energy of an absolute banger. Add these elements together, and the iLL Addicts exhibit their sky-high potential with a confident prowess, only backed up by an extensive catalog of great music that deserves all the recognition it’s receiving and more. Needless to say, this group of promising young talents is undoubtedly on the rise.
Listen to “Conclusions” at the link below and check out more music from the iLL Addicts on their SoundCloud!