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)

YOUNGFACE – “Mueve Mueve”

By: Shamus Hill

While it may be February — YOUNGFACE has listeners ready to hit the beach with a hookah in hand. “Mueve Mueve” is the latest addition to his rich discography, however, the first in which he speaks entirely in Spanish. Channeling his Guatemalan heritage whilst showcasing yet another example of just how versatile he is — “Mueve Mueve” is a lively release that’ll insert some gleeful energy into your day.

Anyone who frequents the Graduation Music site will recognize YOUNGFACE by name, as he spent his 2018 unleashing a plethora of layered songs that leave a lasting impression on the listener. Typically centered around aspects of love (or lack thereof), YOUNGFACE sticks to the script here — offering an array of emotions over hypnotic, dancehall-infused production. It’s gotten to the point where he unveils a different angle of his artistry with each new release, so there’s no telling what the next additions to his catalog of music will unearth. Whatever the case may be, one thing is set in stone — YOUNGFACE is one of the most skillful artists that the state of Massachusetts has to offer.

Listen to “Mueve Mueve” below:

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Gio Shyne – Gully (Prod. hyperviolet)

By: Shamus Hill

Gio Shyne returns to the Graduation Music site today with perhaps his best piece of work yet — a fiery, well-crafted single titled “Gully”. The 2020 member is a on a mission to gift fans with new music every other week for the remainder of the year, and he’s certainly off to a phenomenal start with this release.

Gliding upon some hyperviolet production, Gio Shyne utilizes “Gully” to let his listeners know how he’s been feeling as of late. He’s on a mission towards the fulfillment of his goals, and is willing to jump over any obstacle he comes across during his journey to success. The development he’s showcased throughout his last several releases has been more than promising, with Gio Shyne quickly rising up the ranks of Massachusetts rappers. He’s going to be releasing a long list of tracks throughout this year, so be sure to tune in now before the takeover begins.

Listen to “Gully” below:

Lord Felix – ‘In Bloom, Forever’ Album

By: Shamus Hill

It’s been quite the 2019 so far for artists in Massachusetts, with individuals across the state working tirelessly to gain recognition for their talents. Leading the pack by example has been the city of Brockton. Just a couple of weeks ago, Luke Bar$ and Jiles dropped arguably the most potent project that the state has seen in the last few years. Quickly following in their footsteps is Lord Felix, who’s debut album In Bloom, Forever, is a sonic adventure that puts Brockton art on a pedestal.

The content of this project circulates around the various events that have occurred throughout Felix’s life that have molded him into the individual he currently is. Whether it be tumultuous relationships, the pursuit of his goals, or the things he witnessed throughout his adolescence, one parallel exists — Felix is going to continue to thrive in any situation he’s placed in. No matter the scenario, Lord Felix has an innate ability to find the silver lining, which has ultimately assisted him in becoming an extremely formidable person.

Lord Felix performing at album listening party (Photo: Marika)

Recruiting some of his closest Brockton collaborators to help perfect the album (Jiles, MEECH, Clyde Black, Luke Bar$, Ricky Felix, and more), Lord Felix excelled at ensuring that each element of this release was meaningful. Each artist featured had some of their best performances on this project, only helping to reinforce the level of talent prevalent within this area.

“Love Is Fleeting, I Promise” serves as the introduction to In Bloom, Forever, and was certainly a favorite amongst the Graduation Music staff. Full of light-hearted, peaceful guitar rifts and a wondrous vocal performance, it’s here where new listeners can grow accustomed to the vibrant “aura” that Lord Felix possesses:

“You know that the aura so infectious // I make sure that you cannot forget me”

Lord Felix – “Love Is Fleeting, I Promise”

One of the most notable aspects of In Bloom, Forever is the seemingly “random” placement of emotion within the track-list. For example “Blue Valentine” is a short offering that serves as almost a vent session for Lord Felix. The single-verse interlude is layered with Felix’s true feelings about the unclear relationship he has with someone, and just as he’s about to let go of the truth, the track swiftly cuts into “Off Fifth”, a braggadocios song where Lord Felix, Notebook P, and Clyde Black talk their shit. After this, “The Worst Summer Ever” begins which is based around the hardships that Lord Felix endured throughout a specific summer. Bouncing back and fourth between seriousness and light-heartedness, Lord Felix’s In Bloom, Forever serves as a microcosm for the impermanence of life. Tomorrow is going to be vastly different than today, and it’s all about embracing this fact so that we can go into the future with our best foot forward.

Lord Felix has been one of the most hardworking artists in the state for years now, and he’s put everything he’s learned and experienced into In Bloom, Forever. Setting the bar absurdly high for artists in Massachusetts from here-on-out, get hip to Lord Felix now before he’s an international icon.

Listen to In Bloom, Forever below:

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