Weekly Discovery: BEAR1BOSS

By: Shamus Hill

The Graduation Music staff is thrilled to present our latest Weekly Discovery article featuring Atlanta’s Bear1Boss. Mass Music’s Kriss Krosse first hipped us to the rapper’s invigorating single “Avatar” a couple of months back, and from there he’s only solidified his musical catalog with a variety of endlessly-playable tracks. Making a name for himself through his unpredictable, exhilarating sound — Bear1Boss, simply put, is the future of rap music in Atlanta. Check out our interview with the rising start below:


BEGINNINGS


To start, who are you and where are you from? 

My name is Bear1Boss and I’m from Bouldercrest Road in East Atlanta Zone 6.

What was your childhood experience like?

I grew up with my grandmother the only boy of 3 — the baby. We lived off of her social security check. 

What were some of your early interests in life? 

Music, dance, basketball and dirt bikes 

What kind(s) of music did you grow up listening to? Who are some of your favorite artists? 

I grew up on Hip-Hop, Pop, and Alternative Rock. Some of my favorite artists right now are Skooly, Thug, Future, Lil Uzi, YNW Melly

How and when did you start making music of your own? 

I started in the 5th Grade with Protools 


ATLANTA


What are some of your first memories attached to the music scene in Atlanta? 

Being in the studio with Casino and Young Scooter 

Your discography is full of Atlanta talent, ranging from artists with international recognition all the way down to the artists that are just starting out. From a personal standpoint, why is it important to work with the artists in your hometown? 

It’s important because you need to make sure you stick to your roots.

Key is one of the more notable artists hailing from Atlanta, and three months ago the two of you linked up on “Too Serious”. How did this relationship form? 

I met him at Fani shop and then I met him again with with one of my Managers, Brave. We were at a bar and he fell in love with me.

Which artists from Atlanta have influenced you the most? 

Skooly and Key


DISCOGRAPHY


How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?

“I’m a motherfucking rock star!”

Which one of your tracks is your personal favorite? 

“Soundcloud Rapper”

What was the inspiration behind the making of “Avatar”? 

I was trying to give a feature to my little cousin 

Everything about your catalog of music — especially your delivery and ab-libbing — is highly unique. How has your musical style developed since you began making music? What went into this process? 

It’s just something that came out of me. It’s a part of me. I call it “Hotsauce”. 

What’s the studio environment like? Who do you typically make music with? 

I work out of either Street Execs or 14golds’ Studio with World General and myself. 

How did you and 14golds meet one another?

I did an open mic contest and he was the DJ 

What do you want your listeners to take away from your music? 

I want them to feel close to me. Like they can “party” with me. 


FUTURE


What’s next for Bear1Boss? 

More visuals and unexpected singles + projects

If you could make music with anyone this year, who would it be? 

Andre 3000

What is your goal for 2019? 

Perform at Rolling Loud, Coachella, and other large festivals


Listen to our hand-picked playlist of Bear1Boss’ music below:

WEEKLY DISCOVERY: BEAR1BOSS SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST LINK

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Weekly Discovery: SC.undercover

By: Shamus Hill

Our latest Weekly Discovery article focuses on England’s SC.undercover, a highly-versatile R&B artist who’s discography centers itself around the many sides of love. We spoke with him about his life and musical career. Check it out below:


Who are you and where are you from?

I’m an R&B artist originally from a small town in England called Walsall

When did you begin making music?

I have always been musically inclined, but I only started writing heavily and creating music seriously in my mid-teens

Who were some of your early influences in life, both musically and non-musically speaking?

Musically, I have always taken influence from Prince because of the level of musicianship he possessed along with his dedication towards his craft.

In life, I am most inspired by those who come from nothing and become something.

How would you describe your music? 

I would describe my music as a reflection of life that is created with the intention of providing both relatability and entertainment

Which release of yours is your personal favorite?

“Broke and Sober” holds a special place in my catalog of releases because I wrote it over a two-year period, and it was the first song that initiated my career.

What do you want listeners to get from your music?

As long as my fans take something away from listening to me then that is what matters most to me.

What can we expect to come in 2019?

 2019: I hope the world will know my name and music

Listen to SC.undercover below:

SC.undercover — Spotify/Apple Music

Weekly Discovery: Jazz Ingram

By: Seamus Fay

Authenticity is a trait that can never go understated in music. It becomes apparent in lyrics, sound, image, etc., and when an artist is truly authentic and genuine to themselves, the listeners can tell. One of the most authentic artists I’ve heard in all of 2018 so far has been Jazz Ingram – an Atlanta native who holds this trait among all other things and an artist who, with an ample supply of both talent and work ethic, could just be the next big thing out of his city.

Ingram lives in his own world of limitless creativity, and naturally, we here at Graduation Music had to take the opportunity to speak to him about his upbringing, Atlanta, a record entitled FORREST., and more. Read our conversation below.


To start off, where are you originally from? What was your childhood like?

I was born in Rochester, New York, but I moved down to Atlanta before I was 2. I had a dope childhood, pretty middle class. I got bullied but like, who doesn’t? I was really small until junior year (like 5’1, 90 lbs). My mom is a reverend, so I was in church a lot.

I had a lot of impossible-seeming things happen to me while I was growing up like when I was at Six Flags and the Plain White T’s pulled me on stage – I was like 7. I didn’t get in much trouble, but I talked a lot. Hopefully that makes sense.

At what age did you start making music and what led you to do so?

Around 11. Michael Jackson, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Justin Timberlake led me to make music. I used to take my sister’s iPod Classic and the list above is what I took a liking to (minus Michael Jackson – I always knew about Michael Jackson).

What are the top three most influential albums for you as an artist?

Honestly, not an album guy. But like Future Memoirs by Allan Kingdom really hit me. Prince’s aesthetic pushed me forward in making music, too. Fuck it, imma make a list

808s and Heartbreak // Mr. West

Man on the Moon // Cudi

Future Sex Love Sounds // The man who ruined Janet Jackson

Explain the title of your most recent offering, a record entitled, FORREST.

The main part of the title, “FORREST”, is my grandfather’s middle name. Feb. 5 was his 75th birthday, so it was a dedication to my grandfather. I added the “a record entitled” because I think because music is almost losing its physical aspect (streaming, digital vs. analog) so I had to tell people that this is more than just a collection of songs. When I think of a finished work, I picture a record (vinyl) in my mind.

Describe Atlanta in five words.

Eclectic, Spontaneous, Black, Traffic, and did I mention Black? 🙂

What is your creative process like when making a song or a project? Where do you find inspiration from and in general, how does everything come together?

I push myself to create every day across several mediums. Just to keep my head in a creative space.

I like to make songs early in the morning (I record myself in my room), typically right after I eat a chicken biscuit from either Chick-Fil-A or Bojangles. I don’t really write melodies – most of my recent hooks have been freestyled, so I’ll loop the track and just sing literally whatever comes to mind for half an hour or so. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll either write the track on paper or my iPhone. The best places to write are my car, my room, this park around the corner, or the toilet.

I find inspiration from documentaries, interviews, and long conversations w/ Ian (Women). Recently I’ve been working with Kobe (yourfriendkami) ALL the time, so things happen pretty quickly and organically, to say the least. We made a record entitled, FORREST. in about a month.

You can only watch one cartoon for the rest of your life. What cartoon are you choosing and why?

The Amazing World of Gumball goes dummy, no cap. But I don’t watch TV any longer ***!waste of time!***

What are your main goals as an artist? Where do you want to be in 5 years?

Make what I like, honestly – something around there.

I don’t think that far ahead, but New Zealand is pretty. And hopefully, I have a BMW M3.

Lastly, what can fans expect from Jazz Ingram in the near future?

Content. But this summer I’m focusing my attention on r0cworld.


Connect with Jazz Ingram on:

SoundCloud

Twitter

Spotify