Lord Felix – “Nothing.” [Prod. Donato]

Lord Felix – “Nothing.” [Prod. Donato]

By: Seamus Fay

Ever since my very beginning days writing for Graduation Music, Lord Felix has been one of my favorite artists out of Massachusetts. His remarkable level of talent and clear creative vision prove to be amidst the most refined that I’ve seen during the two years that I’ve been running the site, and with each and every single release, Felix never ceases to impress. He’s only getting better as the clock ticks, so much so that stardom feels like nothing more than a matter of time for the Brockton native. Today, we welcome Lord Felix back to our pages with a brand new single entitled “Nothing.”

Produced by Donato, this track finds its identity by way of a dance-worthy, groovy instrumental and a generous helping of addictive melodies. “Nothing.” comes across as a song possessing immense replay from the very opening notes, and once paired with Felix’s love-led lyricism, it only gets better from there. The young artist pursues a deep level of affection with dreamy visions of running away alongside the one you love, voluntarily leaving it all behind regardless of the cost or consequences that may arise. The lyrics get hopelessly and impulsively lost in the heavenly instrumental, and by the end of the track, the only appropriate response is to smile, click repeat, and start dancing again.

Lord Felix snapped with his latest, so be sure to click play on “Nothing.” at the link below!

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Written by Lord Felix
Recorded and mixed by Latrell James
Mastered by Leo The Kind

BOUVÉ – “Television” [Prod. Krooks N’ Kops]

BOUVÉ – “Television” [Prod. Krooks N’ Kops]

By: Seamus Fay

If we’re keeping it real right now, BOUVÉ is one of the most promising young hitmakers out of Massachusetts at the moment. He’s had an unbelievable year in 2018 so far, dropping off numerous stellar singles and even garnering a production placement on YG’s new album, Stay Dangerous. In every way thinkable, BOUVÉ’s stocks are on an insuppressible rise, and today, he’s here to keep them on the up with a brand new track entitled “Television”. And quite frankly, it’s one of his finest offerings to date.

Produced by Krooks N’ Kops, the latest from the North Shore representative acts as a declaration of independence and ambition. BOUVÉ is more than ready to fill his rightful spot at the top, and while this means leaving some people in the past, he understands the sacrifices that come with stardom. If someone chooses not to support you, all you can do is let them watch how far you’ll take yourself, especially if it means that the next time they see you will be on TV. That said, “Television” is an undeniable anthem and this will certainly stay on heavy rotation for the weeks to come.

But don’t just take my word for it. Click play at the link provided below:

Daily Discovery: Kaz Moon

Daily Discovery: Kaz Moon

By: Seamus Fay

At the very heart of Graduation Music is music discovery, and today, we have an incredibly special new find to unveil to our readers in the form of Kaz Moon and his latest project, Summerbug. Stumbling upon this one a few weeks back via SoundCloud, Moon’s mature level of artistry is what truly brought me in as a listener right off of the bat. The casual wisdom of his lyrics ranges far beyond the rising talent’s years, providing a unique perspective on life that any listener can relate to. Summerbug is simple in this way, even while willfully delving below the surface and making for one of the most refreshing projects I’ve heard in all of 2018.

That said, the importance of an EP such as this one best arrives in the emotional response that it yields. In just 6 songs, Moon is able show listeners valleys and mountains of feeling, navigating through the both of them with wide eyes and a special knack for translating emotion into lyrics. Whether he drifts through love, confronts life and death, contemplates legacy, or takes any number of other paths, Moon does so on his own terms. He willfully blurs the lines between dreams and reality, mixing heavenly instrumentals with candid, captivating accounts of life and all of its ups and downs. With this, the Summerbug artist proves to be a remarkably developed talent both sonically and stylistically.

The world is in Kaz Moon’s hands, and deserving of some serious noise with this project, I fully believe that he’s capable of doing big things in the near future. Enjoy Summerbug in all of its dreamy glory at the link provided below:

A.Tibbz – “TIMBS” [Prod. Twayne The Kidd] & “124” [Prod. DeskBangahz]

A.Tibbz – “TIMBS” [Prod. Twayne The Kidd] & “124” [Prod. DeskBangahz]

By: Shamus Hill 

Stoughton’s A.Tibbz returns to the Graduation Music site today on a mission to display how hard he’s been working this year. Within the span of 4 days he’s released two tracks, “TIMBS” which was produced by Twayne The Kidd, and “124” which made use of DeskBangahz production. Prior to these two songs, he released a project last month, as well as a long string of songs over the course of 2018. A.Tibbz has been grinding to say the least, and the growth he’s shown in his music serves as the perfect sign that he’s been moving in the right direction.

“TIMBS” was the first of the two tracks released in recent days, and it’s here where A.Tibbz takes a moment to reflect on his recent successes and shift in mindset. We touched upon his growth in music earlier, and it’s apparent that he’s beginning to truly come to terms with his potential. He’s past the point of letting anything get in his way, and understands that his moment to shine is right around the corner. Twayne The Kidd concocted a fire beat for “TIMBS”, which assisted A.Tibbz in flexing both his rapping and singing capabilities. An overall wonderful collaboration, this is a track that deserves placement in your heavy rotation.

“124” was dropped by A.Tibbz yesterday, and, as mentioned before, utilizes production at the hands of DeskBangahz. This track is more reminiscent of songs like “Special Treatment” and “My Way” in a sense that he really lets his vocal abilities shine. He’s more than capable of hitting a wide array of notes, while at the same time chiseling out addictive flows. Props to both A.Tibbz and DeskBangahz for coming up with a beautiful output on “124”.

Listen to “TIMBS” and “124” down below:

TheWorldBirdie – “Good Time” ft. Ali Grace [Music Video]

TheWorldBirdie – “Good Time” ft. Ali Grace [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill 

Fresh off of the release of his debut album, ARTx, theworldbirdie and Alexander Hagani are here today to reunite and provide fans with the brand new video for “Good Time”. The vibrant visuals circulate around the theme of summer romance, and perfectly suit the soothing, warm feel that is present throughout this track. Following the release of this video, it’s apparent that the Cape-native is yet another artist from Massachusetts that’s on his way to becoming one of our area’s most notable talents.

This video showcases the beauty of finding love during the summer, yet at the same time how it all eventually comes to an end as the fall rushes in. Capturing the essence of this song perfectly, there’s no arguing that theworldbirdie has once again added a solid piece of work to his catalog of releases. No matter the subject matter, he’s extremely talented in the area of breaking down his life experiences and coming up with delightful methods of expressing them.

The last time Alex Hagani and theworldbirdie joined forces was on the video for “ARTx (Intro)”, which, similarly to this release, was exceptional. The pair have an innate ability to work well with one another, which becomes overwhelmingly apparent as they continue to collaborate. All we can hope is that they’ll team up again in the future to make some more magic happen.

Watch the video for theworldbirdie’s “Good Time” below:

Weekly Discovery: Malci

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.

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Mafeni – “Growing Pains” [Prod. Wasalu]

Mafeni – “Growing Pains” [Prod. Wasalu]

By: Seamus Fay

It’s been a few months since we last heard new music from Mafeni, but nevertheless, this rising talent is back in the spotlight today to bless us with his latest offering — a single entitled “Growing Pains” produced by Wasalu. Unfortunately, the reason that we receive new music is due to the tragic death of legendary artist Mac Miller. Since his untimely passing, it’s been a rough stretch in the music world, but looking back on Mac’s legacy, songs such as Mafeni’s “Growing Pains” perfectly illustrate why the Pittsburgh-bred artist was so important in the first place.

Over a backdrop of solemn, therapeutic sounds and a relaxed drum pattern, Mafeni lets out a heart-led delivery of the intersection between growth and pain. He notes the demons that take him over, and looking at the vices that provide a sense of comfort in these tough times, the highly-talented artist bellows out a melancholic undertone of sadness and despair. “Growing Pains” may be surrounded in pain, but the fact that Mafeni is able to speak so openly and honestly about his lowest points brings us back around to the influence of Mac Miller, who so fearlessly documented his highs and lows in ways that few artists are ever able to come to terms with.

The end of the song quotes Miller as he speaks on the odd beauty that arises in these isolated, depressive states of mind, allowing “Growing Pains” to come full circle as a beautiful tribute to an artist that will never be forgotten. Listen at the link below and tell those around you love them today. You never know what that can do for someone in a given moment.