Darius Heywood – “Night Rage” (Prod. Rauxy Woodro)

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today is Brockton’s Darius Heywood with “Night Rage” — the first single off of his upcoming collaboration project with Rauxy Woodro, From The East.

This introspective track circulates around the everyday realities of Darius’ life growing up in Brockton. Whether it be his personal trauma, witnessing struggle, or persisting when negativity surrounds, Darius Heywood explicitly dictates what has molded him into the individual that he currently is. Rauxy Woodro does a truly wondrous job with respect to his assistance in developing a solid sonic structure, with “Night Rage” serving as evidence that From The East is set to be the next formidable collection of music to come out of the city of Brockton this year.

Listen to “Night Rage” below:

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Stefan – “SAD2SEE” (Prod. Twayne The Kidd”

By: Shamus Hill

Brockton’s Stefan returns to the Graduation Music site today with a passionate single titled “SAD2SEE”.

This release is based around the sad reality that comes paired with the pursuit of a significant other that’s plagued with self-doubt and a lack of love. This sentiment ultimately shifts this individual’s mentality towards one that is full of solitude, which hurts Stefan tremendously. While his heart may be full of true intentions, it’s worthless when the recipient isn’t aware of how to accept these emotions.

While the lyrical content of “SAD2SEE” may not be of the most positive nature, the sonic structure provided by Stefan with the assistance of Connecticut’s Twayne The Kidd is one that’s undeniably addictive. This track rests as my favorite component of Stefan’s discography to date, so with that being said I’m thrilled to see what he’ll have coming next.

Listen to “SAD2SEE” below:

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Garrett Merk – “Fool’s Gold” (Prod. Mic Kellogg)

By: Shamus Hill

Brockton’s Garrett Merk is back with an exceptional track titled “Fools Gold”. Featuring some transcendent production at the hands of Mic Kellogg, the pair truly bring out the best of one another as this song aligns itself as one of Garrett’s best up through this point in time.

“Fools Gold” is based around Garrett’s tiresome mentality with respect to the music industry and the artists/individuals present within it. While many put up some form of a facade in order to remain relevant, Garrett speaks on how authenticity needs to return to the forefront of music. Instead of putting up a front on social media — Garrett relies solely on his discography for the establishment of his fanbase. This is something that has paid off incredibly well for him, as he currently finds himself living in Los Angeles making progress towards the fulfillment of his dreams. The hard work and dedication will always speak for itself, and this serves as the basis for “Fools Gold”. As long as Garrett continues to express his true self, he’ll continue to prosper. With that, we’re thrilled to see what the young talent has in store as 2019 continues to progress.

Listen to “Fools Gold” below:

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Leo The Kind – ‘Chaotic Good’ EP

By: Shamus Hill

If 2 Sides and In Bloom, Forever weren’t enough to hold you over — Brockton’s Leo The Kind just unveiled a two-song EP titled Chaotic Good.

Full of an incredibly vibrant, shimmering energy — this release only furthers the point that the City of Champs is currently generating some of the best music that Massachusetts has to offer. Over the course of the last few years, Leo The Kind has been steadily adding rich components to his discography, with a few of his tracks surpassing the point of a million streams. Chaotic Good is only his first release of 2019, however it definitely sits atop Leo The Kind’s discography as one of his most outstanding drops to date.

Listen to Chaotic Good below:

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Luke Bar$ & Jiles – ‘2 Sides’ EP

By: Shamus Hill

It may be Monday, but the New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champions and it’s somehow 60 degrees outside in February. Providing the soundtrack for this beautiful day are Luke Bar$ and Jiles, a pair of Brockton friends that recently dropped their 2 Sides EP. Centered around both the obstacles and adversity that this duo have faced throughout their childhood, this EP shines a light on how internal battles are sometimes externalized. Luke Bar$ and Jiles touch upon this below:

Growing as a man, you face a ton of obstacles and adversity. Some of which may put you in sunken place — mentally speaking. ‘2 Sides’ comes from a place where a kid is fighting internal battles, but portrays himself differently to his peers. Jiles becomes the yin to Luke’s yang — the two give two different sides to each story.

Luke Bar$ + Jiles on ‘2 Sides’

With each track flowing into the next seamlessly, listening through this project can definitely be categorized as a sonic journey. “No Fear” serves as the intro to 2 Sides, and it’s here where the yin/yang relationship persistent between Luke Bar$ and Jiles becomes apparent. Literally polar-opposites in terms of sound, both Luke and Jiles combine gracefully to concoct extremely thorough music.

“OK OK” is certainly one of the highlights of this tape. Full of meticulous flows that help facilitate a powerful delivery, this track really engrains itself into the listener’s mind. Luke maintains a hard-hitting feel here, packing this track with unforgettable lyricism:

“Spit a little rap till’ it pay off, till’ I ain’t got no day job // I don’t really want no pay stub, breakin’ down the check til the day gone…”


Luke Bar$ on “OK OK”

“Beat Ya Ass” is our personal favorite off of this project, with Luke Bar$ and Jiles threatening to beat someone’s ass in the most elegant manner possible. It’s here where the project takes a much more ambient turn. Both “Collard Greens” and “Sometimes” are extremely powerful offerings where Luke and Jiles paint vivid images of their personal-lives. The pair speak on what they’ve been forced to endure, their families, and the perspective of a kid growing up in Brockton. Easily the most potent release out of Massachusetts thus far in 2019, both Luke Bar$ and Jiles truly had an exceptional performance here.

Listen to 2 Sides below:

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[Premiere] Garrett Merk – “Sometimes” (Prod. Frace)

By: Shamus Hill

The Graduation Music staff is pleased to present you Garrett Merk’s newest track, “Sometimes”. Featuring production by Frace, this well-orchestrated release revolves around the unpredictable variables of life. Whether it be personal or professional, “sometimes” things happen that we can’t control. Brockton’s Garrett Merk speaks on this below:

I wrote this song during a real weird time. I actually wrote it around the same time I wrote ‘72’. Even though I think these two songs are totally different in terms of sound, I think the content relates. This song is about “sometimes” wanting to give up. “Sometimes” wanting to call it quits, but realizing that I’m in too deep to give up. I’ve had this vision and this goal to pursue music since I was little…but life sometimes gets in the way. Going through heartbreak, being broke, and overthinking shit were all weighing on me during this period of my life. A lot of my music from here on out is a little different than what I’ve put out in the past. There’s more depth to it. It’s more serious. 

Garrett Merk on his song “Sometimes”

Everything from the concept of this song to its sonic structure are both well-thought-out and well-executed. Garrett doesn’t plan on giving up on his dreams whatsoever, and his relentless mindset will assuredly assist him in seeing his goals through. Don’t sleep, and if you’re unfamiliar with Garrett Merk’s discography, now’s the perfect opportunity to get hip.

Listen to “Sometimes” below:

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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