Austin Fair – “Chose Up Freestyle” (Prod. Humbeats)

By: Shamus Hill

Chicopee-native, Austin Fair, recently dropped “Chose Up Freestyle”, a layered track where Austin airs out some of what’s been weighing on him mentally. Recruiting Humbeats to lace this track with some mesmerizing production, Austin Fair is on a mission to prove to the world that he’s equipped with what it takes to reach the next level.

Austin Fair and Humbeats have been making music alongside one another for an extremely lengthy period of time, and the chemistry shown between the two cousins becomes overwhelmingly apparent as you listen through “Chose Up Freestyle”. Humbeats has worked his way onto the list of the most-respected producers in the state of Massachusetts, and his talents really shine through on this track.

Austin takes time to clear his mind on “Chose Up Freestyle”, airing out his feelings about the music industry, competition, and personal growth. His main focus has always been developing his craft, and as he continues to add depth to his discography, it’s becoming clear that he’s taking the right steps towards achieving his goals. “Chose Up Freestyle” is another example of how much of a skilled rapper Austin Fair truly is.

Listen to “Chose Up Freestyle” below:

Artist: Austin Fair (Chicopee, Massachusetts)

Production: Humbeats

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Briefcvse – “Sleep Talk” (Prod. Christian Yoon & Briefcvse)

By: Shamus Hill

Gracing the Graduation Music pages once again is Jamaica Plain’s Briefcvse, a grand-sounding artist who’s rapping capabilities are up there with the best in Massachusetts. “Sleep Talk” is his most recent release, and as usual the production comes at the hands of both himself and Christian Yoon. A hypnotic track that was pieced together following a vivid dream that Briefcvse had one night, this song will surely draw some more attention his way.

Briefcvse and Christian Yoon are members of the Boston collective 2020, and this union of young artists have been releasing some of the most potent music to come out of Massachusetts during the last couple of years. Each possess their own unique style, with Briefcvse taking on a more refined approach. He details outfits consisting of corduroys and Reebok classics, whilst making use of a sophisticated vocabulary that speaks volume to his intelligence. Briefcvse morphs into a true storyteller when he’s on the mic, painting vivid imagery that leaves no detail up to chance. His music is nothing short of captivating, with “Sleep Talk” only serving as further evidence of this. Briefcvse is poised to have quite the year, so sit back and enjoy this release as he plots on what’s next to come.

Listen to Briefcvse’s first release of 2019 below:

Artist: Briefcvse

Production: Briefcvse & Christian Yoon

Connis – “Spent” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Connis and BT Livin bring their minds together in order to forge some eye-catching visuals for the first single off of Connis’ upcoming project, Conn(is). Graduation Music premiered this flawless track back in April of 2018, so we’re delighted to see that it has finally received a video treatment.

“Spent” circulates around the feeling that we obtain following periods of stagnancy. Connis reiterates, “I spent way too long, waiting on nothing / I can’t take it no more, gotta get something”, throughout this track, and it shines a light on how overbearing reflection can be for us at times. While we can’t change what’s already happened in our lives, sometimes we can get buried with the ideas of what could have been had we acted differently. In Connis’ example, he’s weighed down by the thoughts of how he could’ve moved differently to better prepare himself for reaching his goals.

As the song progresses, the tempo shifts towards a faster pace, and Connis details how he’s beginning to bounce back from the mistakes he’s made. With a new perspective on how he should operate and an assessment of what’s truly valuable in his life, he’s prepared to launch himself towards the completion of his dreams. He ends the track with, “How is change gon’ come, if I don’t change something?”, coming to the realization that the changes he makes in his own life will ultimately be what end up changing his life for the better.

As usual, BT Livin did a wondrous job injecting a newfound energy into this track, and viewers everywhere should certainly be watching this in order to prepare themselves for the release of Conn(is). A living example of how much talent is present within the depths of Cambridge, Connis is ready to take over.

Watch the official video for “Spent” below:

Artist: Connis

Director: Connis & BT Livin

Patrick Michel – “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]” (Prod. Maka)

By: Shamus Hill

It’s been awhile since we’ve had some new Patrick Michel music to listen to, so it goes without saying that the Graduation Music staff is pleased to present you “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]”. Making use of some hard-hitting Maka production, the Brockton-native truly hits this release out of the park.

Brockton, Massachusetts has steadily become one of the state’s biggest hot spots for music, with “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]” being the first successful release to come out of the city in 2019. Patrick Michel has a history of making high-energy music, however this song is most definitely a standout within his discography. He’s preparing his listeners for his next project, which is slated to come out this year, so in the mean time allow “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]” to fill that void.

Listen to Patrick Michel’s first release of the year below:

JORD4NEVERDIED ft. Donald Grunge & Connis – “Pedicure”

By: Shamus Hill

JORD4NEVERDIED recently recruited Donald Grunge and Connis to assemble an infectious single titled “Pedicure”.


Both Grunge and Connis float harmoniously atop some dazzling production at the hands of JORD4NEVERDIED, helping to raise the bar for Massachusetts artists in 2019. The duo utilize this track to gift fans a bit of an insight into their mindset as they brace for the coming year. Artists across the state have been building-up their skillsets, however Grunge and Connis remind everyone of just how high-up on the food chain they are.

Donald Grunge closed his 2018 on a high-note, working alongside some of Massachusetts’ best artists and releasing his debut album, Cowboy Talk. Quickly following in his footsteps is Connis, a native of Cambridge, Mass, who’s gearing up to release his new project titled Conn(is) this year. JORD4NEVERDIED worked equally as hard as these two throughout the last year, establishing a name for himself producing for his group, Froze.40, and a long list of others, whilst releasing music of his own. Be sure to pay attention to these three, as they’re showing no signs of slowing down whatsoever. In a nutshell, “Pedicure” is a telltale sign of what’s next to come for JORD4NEVERDIED, Donald Grunge, and Connis.

Listen to “Pedicure” below:

Artist: Donald Grunge + Connis

Production: JORD4NEVERDIED

Cover Art: Patrick Hicks

Pistola + Mike Hector – “Gang Shit”

By: Shamus Hill

Pistola and Mike Hector just dropped “Gang Shit”, and subsequently the duo have already set the bar high for Massachusetts artists in 2019. The last time they linked up the pair blessed listeners with “Fiji”, one of the best tracks to come out of Boston in 2018, and it’s safe to say that they’re 2 for 2 after listening to their latest release.

Both Pistola and Mike Hector haven’t wasted a moment with regard to building up their resumes over the course of these last few years, with each doing a tremendous job at shining a light onto the levels of talent that are coming out of the Bay State at the moment. Hector cooks up a flawless beat on “Gang Shit”, and is quickly followed-up with some addictive Pistola flows. Anyone that’s listened to the Dorchester-native’s music will find themselves playing this track over-and-over again. We can only be hopeful that Mike Hector and Pistola will continue to work together in the future, as it’s become overwhelmingly apparent that these two have a unique chemistry between each other.

Listen to “Gang Shit” below:

Artist: Pistola

Production: Mike Hector

Jack Karowak – “Medicine” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Treehouse Audio was one of the most potent releases to come out of Massachusetts in several years, with Jack Karowak and company working tirelessly in order to push out the well-hammered album. “Medicine” ended up being one of the first tracks off of the project to really resonate with me, so I was thrilled to find out that it was next in-line for a visual treatment. Recruiting Xandros to help bring his vision to life, the pair hit it out-of-the-park with this one.

The meaning of “Medicine” lies within the realization that we all need to settle down a bit in order to set our minds straight. Jack paints scenes of rushing towards our goals to the point where we lose sight of what we’ve been working towards to begin with. Once we sit-back and take a moment to maintain our perception of things, we can then move correctly. A beautiful song that’s accompanied by an equally beautiful video, “Medicine” is certainly a highlight within Jack Karowak’s discography.

Watch the official video for “Medicine” below:

Artist: Jack Karowak

Production: David Walker & Triple Beam Brad

Director: Xandros