Millyz – “The Prom”

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today with his first release of 2019 is Millyz. The Cambridge-rapper is one of the more reputable in the state, and “The Prom” is yet another shining example of just how talented he is. With Blanco 2 currently in the works, Millyz is hopping into his bag, gearing up to make his next album his most prominent collection of music to-date.

“The Prom” simply serves a reminder of how Millyz has been living as of late. He’s gaining notoriety across the world, and the more he grows, the more he brings Massachusetts with him. He’s quickly become a spokesperson for the blossoming music scene within the state, so it’ll be interesting to see how he moves throughout the year. Prepare yourself for the release of Millyz’s upcoming project, and dedicate a few moments to hear his first song since “Strawberry Goya”.

Listen to “The Prom” below:

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soap.wav – “Top Down” [Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Gracing the Graduation Music site again today is soap.wav, this time with both the audio and visuals for a brand-new release titled “Top Down”. Tapping in BT Livin to help bring his vision to life, soap.wav wants listeners to understand that he’s coming with a furious energy in 2019. Perhaps his most potent track to date, “Top Down” helps add an additional layer atop soap.wav’s artistry.

Chris Tophr is the man responsible for the production on “Top Down”, giving this track a really hypnotic, yet buoyant sound that soap.wav floats over. Possessing a long-list of songs that achieve a variety of heights, “Top Down” unleashes an entirely new layer of soap.wav that his listeners haven’t been exposed to before. The Cambridge-native is yet another example of just how talented the city is, and is looking to build upon his strengths even more as the year continues.

Watch the video for “Top Down” below:

Deadmall – “Cold” ft. Rothstein + “Warm”

By: Shamus Hill

The music scene in Western Massachusetts has begun to blossom during these last couple of years, bringing a slew of talented artists with it. Deadmall is a prime example of such talent, and the group is back on the Graduation Music site today with two new singles titled “Cold” and “Warm”. Recruiting Rothstein for “Cold”, Gabe Gill and Honeyftiz concocted a pair of melodic offerings that have added even more depth to an already solid discography.

As mentioned previously, “Cold” features Cambridge-native Rothstein, and is a truly icy release that accurately grasps the feelings attached with mid-January in New England. Both Gabe Gill and Honeyfitz make use of the first portion of the song to release some of what’s been weighing on their minds as they paint images of a scenic winter. Rothstein wraps up the beautiful record with a slippery, yet well-kept verse that puts the ribbon on a wonderfully gift-wrapped song.

“Warm” is the second track that Deadmall released, and seamlessly transitions into a brighter, more hopeful state of mind. This song adds an additional layer of melodic harmony onto Deadmall’s discography, and offers powerful lyricism that is truly thought-provoking. Both Gabe Gill and Honeyfitz possess the ability to deliver thoughtful messages that are joyous to listen-to, and this attribute is something that I believe will help Deadmall gain a larger audience as 2019 continues to unravel. The duo should be extremely proud of the work that they’ve put in.

Listen to “Cold” and “Warm” below:

[PREMIERE] Maka + Durkin – “Forward”

By: Shamus Hill

Maka and Durkin grace the Graduation Music pages once again, this time with a highly-listenable offering titled “Forward”. The first release from the duo in 2019, “Forward” is a sonically-pleasing reminder to keep pushing forward no matter what may occur.

Maka and Durkin have had quite the history with one another, releasing two projects and a string of singles that have proved to be some of the best releases out of the state of Massachusetts in recent years. Their first piece of work together since Waterproof (2018), “Forward” is a tell-tale sign of the successes that are to come from Maka and Durkin as the year unfolds.

“Forward” revolves around Maka’s decision to move forward in his life at all costs. He details some of the tumultuous events that he’s been forced to endure in his life as of late, however, refuses to let this negativity drag him off the path towards his destiny. Maka understands the fact that the world will continue moving no matter what, and he’s not prepared to get left behind whatsoever. As the cover art depicts, “Forward” quite literally feels like a stroll along the beach as a storm ensues. With distraction and risk surrounding us completely, we must make the decision to keep moving gracefully as if all is well. This is the only way that we’ll see our true potential face-to-face, and it appears to be something that Maka understands exceptionally well.

Maka and Durkin have successfully blessed listeners with a potent release once again. As the pair continue to work side-by-side, their chemistry only seems to be growing stronger. Be sure to keep them on your radar in 2019.

Listen to Maka & Durkin’s latest release, “Forward”, below:

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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

Gogo – “King Of The Jungle” [Music Video]

By: Shamus Hill

Gogo and BT Living recently combined forces in order to gift fans with the official visuals for Gogo’s “King Of The Jungle”, an addictive offering that the Graduation Music staff has had in rotation since it dropped this past summer.

Gogo had himself quite the 2018, delivering a handful of melodic masterpieces that have helped him gain a solid position within the Massachusetts music scene. His vocal range allows him to capture a wide variety of emotions in his music, and this attribute is something that I truly believe will assist in lifting Gogo into a universal limelight. The Cambridge-native is yet another example of the immense amount of talent that’s present within the city, and as he settles into 2019 it’s becoming apparent that he’s moving towards having a successful year.

Watch the official video for “King Of The Jungle” below:

Artist: Gogo

Production: Gogo

Director: BT Livin

Creative Director: Sim

Photography: @LexOnOne

Rothstein – “endless winter freestyle” (Prod. fallen atom)

By: Shamus Hill

Rothstein graces the Graduation Music site once again, this time with his warming new release “endless winter freestyle”. Wonderfully entangling the coziness of the season within the reflective attitudes that the end of the year brings to light, “endless winter freestyle” serves as the perfect soundtrack for your last days of 2018.

Cambridge’s Rothstein has had himself quite the year, as he’s successfully delivered fans his debut album, HIGH WATER, and received over a million streams on his music. Despite his successes though, Rothstein seemingly struggles with whether or not he’s on the correct path in life. While understanding that he’s certainly been making strides towards the fulfillment of his dreams, the end of the year always has us second guessing the true importance of our accomplishments. Finding comfort in discomfort is ultimately the silver lining of “endless winter freestyle”. We may not be 100% sure of what we’re doing in the moment, but as long as we move with our best foot forward, only good things are sure to come.

Every time I write about Rothstein’s music, one thing never fails to remain consistent, and that’s his natural ability to evoke strong emotion through vocals. He quite literally sounds like the morning sun shining on a world covered in ice. Fallen Atom did a phenomenal job with the production of this track, truly helping to cement the “endless winter” feeling that can be derived from the song. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to give this release your undivided attention.

Listen to Rothstein’s “endless winter freestyle” below:

Artist: Rothstein

Production: Fallen Atom