Lord Felix – “Nothing” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Lord Felix is a name that’s been featured on the Graduation Music site a countless amount of times, and each of these instances he’s only delivered new musical highs. The Brockton-native released “Nothing” a few months back, with it being one of our favorite releases of 2018. We’re overjoyed that Lord Felix tapped in Daymian Mejia to assist in forging the visuals for “Nothing”, with all parties bringing their talents together to knock this one out of the park.

The music video for “Nothing” features some of Lord Felix’s closest friends and collaborators all enjoying the delightful track in a car. Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy music, the video does a phenomenal job at encapsulating the exact feeling that can be derived from this song. Lord Felix’s versatility is put on a pedestal here, and both the song and music video are something that the city of Brockton, and the state of Massachusetts as a whole, should be extremely proud of.

We’re only 10 days into 2019, and people like Lord Felix are already beginning to raise the bar for artists all-over. The visuals for “Nothing” are proof of just how talented the members of Van Buren Records truly are.

Watch the official music video for “Nothing” below:

Artist: Lord Felix (Brockton, Massachusetts)

Production: Donato

Director: Daymian Mejia

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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:

Premo Dee – “The Tab” (Prod. by Emani)

By: Shamus Hill 

Brockton-native Premo Dee makes his debut onto the Graduation Music site today with a smooth new release titled “The Tab”. Sampling Kool and the Gang’s “Summer Madness”, Emani did a phenomenal job with production on this track, achieving a warm, reminiscent feel throughout. Largely centered around late night reflection and restlessness, Premo Dee beautifully showcases his polished raps with this release, adding another well put-together song to his discography and further proving his prowess as a Massachusetts standout.

That said, Premo’s ability to blend his life into his bars is nothing less than astounding. I genuinely possess a feeling of excitement when I see that he’s dropping something new, which can largely be derived from his nonchalant, warming presence over the accompanying instrumental. While his delivery at times seems almost effortless, bar after bar he hits you with a wonderfully well-written line that demands your attention. It’s this combination of easy-going feels and hard-hitting lyrics in Premo Dee’s music that will have listeners returning for more, and he only furthered my belief in this with the release of “The Tab”.

Listen to Premo Dee’s newest release “The Tab” below:

Lord Felix – “Messy Wrists” ft. Stefan [Prod. PSOUL]

By: Seamus Fay

Brockton artists Lord Felix and Stefan are marked most notably by their unparalleled skills in evoking raw emotion through music. It seems as if every beat, every flow, every lyric, and every cadence is hand-selected in order to make the themes of a given song come across in the most impactful way possible, and quite honestly, this is achieved with pretty much every new song. Today, we see this talent come to fruition on the emotional single, “Messy Wrists”.

Produced by PSOUL, this track explores the depth of emotion that one might feel at a low point in life. The imagery of messy wrists haunts the listener in a way that highlights the internal struggle behind such feelings, and Felix and Stefan detail their demons with skillful lyricism and captivating vocal posture. That being said, I don’t know many other artists in Massachusetts creating such genuine manifestos of emotion as these two Brockton natives are right now. Their collective prowess is certainly nothing to look right over, so be sure to pay attention to “Messy Wrists” in all of its brutally honest glory.

Click play at the link below:

[PREMIERE] Marvelous Stefan – “On My Side” ft. Saint Lyor (Prod. Isaiah Valmont)

By: Seamus Fay

It comes as no surprise that Brockton is a hotbed of talent right now, filled to the brim with a number of standout acts that will undoubtedly be taking their careers to new heights as 2018 moves on. Among these artists are Marvelous Stefan, Saint Lyor, and Isaiah Valmont – three Graduation Music frequent flyers and inarguably three of Brockton’s finest talents out at the moment. Hearing them come together on a track would be nothing less than a privilege, and today, they’re here to bring that dream to life with a new single entitled “On My Side”, premiering via the Graduation Music SoundCloud.

Right off of the bat, this song proclaims both pace and energy, as Lyor and Stefan bounce off of another’s flows, going back and forth between smooth vocals and quick shipments of rap. By creating this stark contrast early on, the two are able to compliment Valmont’s hypnotic production and the burgeoning force of the drums – two elements that define the very essence of “On My Side” at its finest. With all of these features perfected to a common point of chemistry, it’s important to note that the lyrical content of the song decides who’s on Stefan and Lyor’s side, who’s pocket watching, and everything in between. They’re here to claim the top spots in MA rap, and no one is about to get in their way.

Listen to “On My Side” at the link below:

James Guilds – PHNX Trailer

By: Seamus Fay

Brockton native James Guild first blessed our pages a few weeks back with his latest offering “Lava”, an introspective release featuring brutal honesty that quickly marked Guild as a name to keep an eye on.

With his forthcoming project PHNX on the way, the rising talent just recently dropped a visual trailer for the project. The video, directed by Van Buren teammate Lord Felix, features the rising talent in a red pool of dazed confusion, soundtracked by an incredible snippet of a song filled with emotion and descriptive lyricism. I’ve heard quite a few rumors that PHNX is about to make waves, and with snippets this dope, I’m definitely on board with it. Get ready for the project coming November 7th by watching the trailer below.