Avenue – “Targets” (Prod. Nino)

By: Shamus Hill

Boston’s Avenue is back on our pages today with a thunderous single titled “Targets”.

His first release since his 2018 album Nightfall., this track serves as yet another piece of evidence that Avenue is one of the most capable rappers that the city of Boston has to offer. Combining extremely vivid imagery with solid lyricism — “Targets” centers itself around overcoming life’s obstacles in order to successfully reach one’s dreams. Avenue isn’t about to let anything deter him from his mission, which is something that all of us need to be reminded of from time to time. With more music slated to come within the next few weeks, be sure to bump “Targets” to get your fix in the mean time.

Listen to “Targets” below:

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Avenue & Deon Chase – ‘Nightfall’ [Album]

By: Seamus Fay

Just look at 2016’s Mass Ave & Lennox for proof — Avenue is undeniably one of the coldest rappers in Boston right now. Equipped with chilling rhymes and ominous, unforgiving tales of street life, he never fails to paint a vivid picture with his lyrics, and further so, he never misses, holding consistency as perhaps his most deadly weapon. Today, Avenue takes the spotlight back alongside Deon Chase for an incredible new album, Nightfall.

9 tracks long, this project is devoid of any fluff, jam-packing every second with charismatic tales of life after the sun goes down. The features from Hil Holla, Bodega Bamz, and Willie The Kid complement these themes of restlessness and unwavering confidence to an emphatic extent, and the result is a dense project that calls for no extra response other than to be spun back, again and again. Nightfall is the jackpot for storytelling rap, and Avenue & Deon Chase are the hard-earned winners.

Stream the project on Spotify below:

Millyz – ‘Blanco’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

When it comes to lyrical prowess, not many artists can hold a light to Cambridge native Millyz and his inimitable style of storytelling and honest accounts of life in its raw state. That being said, this rising star’s stocks have been rising uncontrollably in recent times, and today, he’s here to bless us with a brand new project entitled Blanco that will only keep the success rolling in as he continues on his inevitable rise to the top. 10 tracks long, this isn’t the one to sleep on, so pay attention as we delve further into the tape.

Featuring production credits from HumBeats, Money Montage, Solow, and more, as well as features from Nino Man, Avenue, Smoke DZA, and Nevasoba, this star-studded offering groups together just the right artists to complement Millyz’ style wonderfully. Every song holds incredible strength on its own, and fueled by the events and characteristics that make the Cambridge native the man he is today, the authenticity is on full display with this mixtape. I could continue to go on, but the truth is, you need to hear it for yourself to get the full effect and truly understand the promise that Millyz possesses as an artist.

Listen to Blanco at the link below:

The Top 50 New England Songs of 2017

By: Seamus Fay

Looking back, 2017 was a year of immense growth for New England and specifically Massachusetts’ budding music scene. We were fortunate enough to see the rise of many new talents as well as watch some of the more established artists prosper in their own ways, and frankly, it was inspiring to us to see the work that the artists, the producers, the photographers, the graphic designers, the mixers, the managers, etc. have been putting in. Without all of these people playing their respective roles, our scene wouldn’t be where it is today.

Having said that, we here at Graduation Music collaborated with Fresh Out The Mint to compile a list of the “Top 50 New England Songs of 2017” (in our humble opinion). Below is the playlist of all the tracks – enjoy!

Thank you sincerely to everyone for supporting us throughout 2017 and making our first full year as a blog a successful one. We greatly appreciate all the love and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.  

  • Young Seuss – “123”
  • Big Leano – “Broke” [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Vintage Lee – “Bless You” [Prod. Jew Paidro]
  • Millyz – “Lessons” [Prod. Achillies]
  • VALLEY – “Atari” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • Caliph & Jefe Replay – “The Mood” [Prod. Obeatz]
  • MyCompiledThoughts – “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Cousin Stizz – “Lambo”
  • DJ Lucas – “Doubt”
  • Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez]
  • Juxi – “Leave Me Alone” [Prod. Banbwoi]
  • Jiggz – “Excuses” [Prod. digitLIX]
  • KREW$ – “Dog Days” [Prod. DMND]
  • RAMS – “Disease!” [Prod. Maka]
  • Rothstein – “Jaded” ft. Supa Bwe [Prod. Shepard]
  • Patrick Michel – “Perfect” [Prod. GrandCruu]
  • Alejandro Blanco – “Give It To Her” [Prod. TFresh & SSB]
  • Jefe Replay – “Stay Ugly” [Prod. Humbeats]
  • Mizzie Cash – “Maneuvering” [Prod. Rob $urreal]
  • Lord Felix – “Power” ft. Marvelous Stefan [Prod. LoLoTheGod]
  • Plad Fine$$e – “Cheese” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]
  • Maye Star – “Adjacent” ft. CH!LD [Prod. Sevnth]
  • WHYTRI – “XURWIFI (Remix) ft. Lily Rayne [Prod. Cecil]
  • Stripes iii – “Henny Down” [Prod. K.C.B.]
  • Khary – “1-800-IDGAF” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Replay Interlude” ft. Jefe Replay [Prod. LDG]
  • Michael Christmas – “Not The Only One” ft. Tobi Lou [Prod. Durkin]
  • $ean Wire – “Moonlight” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]
  • Pistola – “Jokes On You” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • CAVE – “Who’s Next” [Prod. Maka]
  • Maka & Durkin – “Waterworld”
  • Gio Dee – “Buzz Lightyear” [Prod. MLVN]
  • Humbeats – “Monday” ft. Austin Fair & TeaMarrr
  • StupidGenius – “Palm Trees” ft. Capito [Prod. Lil Rich & Gruca]
  • Garrett Merk – “Simple” [Prod. Frace]
  • Danny Diamonds – “Can’t Talk”
  • Gogo – “Cocaina”
  • Polo $ummers – “$ad Boi” [Prod. WaVe GoD]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Still” ft. Big Leano & Vintage Lee [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Haasan Barclay – “Live For You”
  • CHE – “Thii”
  • Avenue – “Ain’t Shit Funny” (Remix) ft. Prano, Millyz, Le$, Al-Doe & Chase N Cashe
  • Donald Grunge – “Shade” [Prod. Maka]
  • Boogie Da God – “Get Well Soon” ft. Jefe Replay
  • Marvelous Stefan – “Double Tap!” ft. Saint Lyor [Prod. Trevor Powers]
  • Black EL – “Another Dose” [Prod. Durkin]
  • $wooli – “Rainy Days” ft. Rachel Aiello
  • Rosewood Bape – “Miss Me” [Prod. Kin Rich]
  • TeaMarrr – “The One” [Prod. Ky Thompson & Keith Bell]
  • Michael Christmas – “Top Turnbuckle” ft. OG Swaggerdick