[PREMIERE] Maka – “Animal House” (Prod. Connis)

By: Shamus Hill

Cambridge natives Maka and Connis combine forces to construct a powerfully intoxicating track titled “Animal House”.

It isn’t everyday that you’re blessed with music that possesses the ability to uplift your entire spirit, but this is exactly the case with “Animal House”. Connis has steadily made a name for himself throughout the state of Massachusetts via masterful additions to his discography, and has recently been branching out and lending his production talents to other local artists. It’s safe to say that he hit this one out of the park, with Maka gracefully surfing atop the well-tooled instrumental whilst giving listeners some perspective towards his current mindset.

“Animal House” circulates around Maka’s cannibalistic attitude that he has going into this year. There’s only one thing on his mind and that’s developing into the best version of himself. Instead of looking around to see what his peers are up to, Maka’s determined to overcome anyone (or anything) that dares to get in-between him and his dreams. In addition to the lyrical content of this release, the sonic structure is simply unparalleled — making “Animal House” one of the most impactful songs to come out of Massachusetts up to this point in the year.

Listen to “Animal House” below:

Maka – “Animal House” (Prod. Connis) — SoundCloud Link

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Chase Murphy releases the second installation of his 16Under60 Series: “KING TUT FREESTYLE”

By: Shamus Hill

“KING TUT FREESTYLE” serves as the second-leg of Chase Murphy’s 16Under60 Series — a series of videos in which Chase spits 16 bars in under 60 seconds. Equipped with visuals that were shot by Daymian Mejia and edited by Brandon Shave, this release is a magnificent one that brings the Brookline-native’s high level of talent into the limelight. Be sure to keep your eyes pealed for what’s next to come from Chase Murphy as 2019 progresses.

Watch the video for “KING TUT FREESTYLE” below:

Zoë with 2 dots (feat. Leech) – “Orwell” [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Emerson students Zoë with 2 dots and Leech make their debut onto the Graduation Music site today with the official music video for “Orwell”.

The cleverly-written track is based around a toxic relationship in which one party wants to leave and the other wants to stay. Zoë with 2 dots makes use of some intoxicating vocals whilst Leech lends his unconventional rapping abilities to make this release an impactful one. New artists have been blossoming within the state of Massachusetts on a seemingly daily basis for a lengthy period of time now, so be sure to check out the latest addition to our cesspool of talent.

Watch the official music video for “Orwell” below:

Director: Will Martella

Editor: Zoë Fenn

Jymmy Kafka ft. Maka – “Still There” (Prod. Rilla Force)

By: Shamus Hill

Framingham’s Jymmy Kafka makes his debut onto the Graduation Music site today with a heartfelt anthem titled “Still There”. Categorized as “villainous gospel” by the young rapper, this release is one of the most potent within his musical catalog — which already contains a vast amount of depth as is.

“Still There” circulates around the desire to know who’s really in your corner through thick and thin. All parties that had a hand in the making of this track have been grinding relentlessly towards the fulfillment of their dreams, yet long for the ability to be able to share their successes with someone else. Something that many creatives throughout the world experience on a daily basis, “Still There” is a reminder that you’re not alone.

“Said at the end of the night, don’t wanna walk alone // who is still standing? who is still there?”

Maka – “Still There”

Featured on this release is Maka, who’s feel-good vocals add an additional layer of life to this song that generates an incredible amount of replay value. Known for a more island-rooted sound, this release serves as a wondrous switch-up in his typical style. Rilla Force was the man in charge of production here, and once again showcases why he’s one of the go-to producers within the state of Massachusetts. All-in-all this release is simply unflawed, so direct your full attention towards Jymmy Kafka as he’s poised to gain some real traction in MA this year.

Listen to “Still There” below:

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FAbzabove – “Hitstick” (Prod. BROKECH1C) [Official Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

After teasing the brand new song and video on social media last week — FAbzabove finally unleashed “Hitstick” (Prod. BROKECH1C) via ELEVATOR yesterday. Directed by whenevertheweather, the mesmerizing visual does an exceptional job at capturing the thunderous, exuberant feeling that can be derived throughout the entirety of this track.

FAbzabove has been showcasing an incredible amount of development within his discography over the course of the last year. He’s been busy up to this point in 2019 — releasing “The Rush”, landing placement on King Kade’s EP Grow Up, Go Love Something, and performing alongside Bia, Leano, and more at the Middle East. Showing no signs of stopping, make sure you keep FAbzabove on your radar this year.

Watch the official music video for “Hitstick below:

Kadeem – “Wide Margins” (Prod. Thelonious Martin)

By: Shamus Hill

Recruiting Chicago’s Thelonious Martin, Kadeem returns to the Graduation Music site today with his first single of 2019 — a hypnotic, well-sculptured track titled “Wide Margins”. This release serves as yet another marvelous Hip-Hop offering to come out of the state of Massachusetts this year, with Kadeem only furthering the narrative that our state is home to a plethora of talent.

The Mattapan native has been featured on Graduation Music a countless amount of times — with each one of his releases being endlessly-playable, layered pieces of work that circulate around Kadeem’s human experience. He has a way of making his raps appear effortless at times, however each syllable he utters holds a vast amount of weight:

“N*ggas on the road to riches in the sidecar // Baggies in the stomach, while you n*ggas swallow Tide Pods, the difference too wide apart”

Kadeem – “Wide Margins”

Thelonious Martin’s production here is a perfect fit for Kadeem, as he mixes his polished raps with unpredictable flows to concoct a truly outstanding release. If you haven’t yet, be sure to dive into Kadeem’s discography as he’s gearing up to have an impressive 2019.

Listen to “Wide Margins” below:

Kadeem – “Wide Margins” (Prod. Thelonious Martin) [SoundCloud]

Heath240 – “That’s True”

By: Shamus Hill

Making his debut onto the Graduation Music site today is Boston’s Heath240, who recently gifted listeners with his first release of 2019 –“That’s True”.

Heath240’s most recent track prior to this was “MUDD” featuring Michael Christmas, and it was here that his individualistic style really began to take its form. He’s been working relentlessly towards the development of his artistry, and despite the fact that he’s still in the process of progressing towards his goals — he’s not allowing this facet of life to define his perception of self. This is something that he touches upon in “That’s True”, with the song ultimately being the most prominent release within his catalog of music.

Making use of raspy, yet harmonically-rich vocals that make way for refined flows throughout, this track is a tell-tale sign that Heath240 is heading in the right direction in 2019. Yet another example of just how musically talented the city of Boston is — be sure to keep Heath240 on your radar.

Listen to “That’s True” below:

Heath240 – “That’s True” (Soundcloud)