[PREMIERE] Kleo – “Live Dirty” (Official Music Video)

By: Shamus Hill

Gearing up for the release of his debut album on August 25th is 2020’s very own, Kleo, with the official music video for “Live Dirty”.

I’ve been a huge fan of 2020 since Graduation Music’s interview with the Boston-based collective nearly a year and a half ago. Kleo’s “Toyota” was actually responsible for my introduction to this group, and it’s been highly pleasurable being able to witness his growth as both an artist and an individual throughout this period of time.

“Live Dirty” works wonderfully as the first single off of Kleo’s upcoming project due to the fact that the entirety of the album contains a ferocious temperament that’ll have any listener ready to sprint through a brick wall. From start to finish, this is precisely what “Live Dirty” provides. While it may be true that Kleo has taken a bit of a hiatus with respect to the release of new music, it’s safe to say that he’s back and more focused than ever.

Watch the official music video for Kleo’s “Live Dirty” below:

Gio Shyne – “Nonono” (Prod. Christian Yoon)

By: Shamus Hill

The intergalactic combination of Gio Shyne and Christian Yoon grasps airwaves once again — this time with an alluring single titled “Nonono”.

Towards the beginning of 2019, Gio made it known that he was going to be releasing a large quantity of music over the course of the year. He’s held true to this — dropping singles like “Gully”, “Bliss”, and more that have really strengthened the Dorchester native’s discography.

Christian Yoon has been responsible for the production featured on the majority of Gio Shyne’s releases, and following a listen through “Nonono” — you’ll understand exactly why this is so. Each instrumental he crafts unleashes a new side of Gio’s artistry that was previously untapped. Whether it’s fearless raps or downbeat melodies, each Gio Shyne track unpacks something new, so be on the lookout for what’s next to come.

Listen to “Nonono” below:

GIO SHYNE – “NONONO” SOUNDCLOUD LINK

Gio Shyne – “Bliss” (Prod. Christian Yoon)

By: Shamus Hill

Fresh off of a highly energetic performance in Boston this past weekend, Gio Shyne and Christian Yoon bring their talents together to bless listeners with the official audio for “Bliss”.

We’ve said it dozens of times, but the music that these two make together is simply unparalleled. Gio’s voice is straight-up hypnotic, and he uses his music as a method for cleansing his mind. Offering an extremely true, yet vulnerable, side of himself, Gio Shyne utilizes “Bliss” to touch upon how he hasn’t been feeling love as of late. He’s started to become numb as a result, with his mind narrowing-in on the goals he’s laid out for himself. Caught between thinking too-much and not thinking enough, Gio’s arrived at a point where he’s ready to move forward regardless of what anyone else thinks or says.

Christian Yoon came through with superb production on “Bliss”, chopping-up a beat that literally makes you feel like you’re in the midst of a high-speed chase in space. He’s one of the most unique and hard-working producers in the state, with his level of talent only increasing with each release. Be on the lookout for 2020 this year, as the group is determined to become one of the more notable names in Boston.

Listen to “Bliss” below:

Briefcvse – “Sleep Talk” (Prod. Christian Yoon & Briefcvse)

By: Shamus Hill

Gracing the Graduation Music pages once again is Jamaica Plain’s Briefcvse, a grand-sounding artist who’s rapping capabilities are up there with the best in Massachusetts. “Sleep Talk” is his most recent release, and as usual the production comes at the hands of both himself and Christian Yoon. A hypnotic track that was pieced together following a vivid dream that Briefcvse had one night, this song will surely draw some more attention his way.

Briefcvse and Christian Yoon are members of the Boston collective 2020, and this union of young artists have been releasing some of the most potent music to come out of Massachusetts during the last couple of years. Each possess their own unique style, with Briefcvse taking on a more refined approach. He details outfits consisting of corduroys and Reebok classics, whilst making use of a sophisticated vocabulary that speaks volume to his intelligence. Briefcvse morphs into a true storyteller when he’s on the mic, painting vivid imagery that leaves no detail up to chance. His music is nothing short of captivating, with “Sleep Talk” only serving as further evidence of this. Briefcvse is poised to have quite the year, so sit back and enjoy this release as he plots on what’s next to come.

Listen to Briefcvse’s first release of 2019 below:

Artist: Briefcvse

Production: Briefcvse & Christian Yoon

Briefcvse – “Collected Fragments” (Prod. Christian Yoon & James)

By: Shamus Hill 

Anyone that’s familiar with Jamaica Plain’s Briefcvse is aware of the fact that he’s an individual in possession of an immense amount of talent. Lyrically-speaking, his skillset is unparalleled, and since his last release, “Edits”, it’s overwhelmingly apparent that he’s showing no signs of stopping. Today, Briefcvse blesses the Graduation Music pages with “Collected Fragments”, a 6-minute-long offering that pieces together four short songs into a masterful piece of work.

If Briefcvse’s discography were to be summarized into one word, I would have to say it’d be honesty. Never once has he shied away from inserting his truest self into his music, which has ultimately become something that has, and will continue, to draw listeners towards his direction. Describing the ideology behind “Collected Fragments”, Briefcvse states:

Collected Fragments is a compilation of four short songs put together into one. Each of these songs are expanded entries from my mood journal put together with different short interludes and foley. It is the closest thing to a musical representation of the inner workings of my brain.

With each release, Briefcvse details the profound instances within his life that have served as major learning points for him. “Collected Fragments” touches upon the aches and pains that the 2020-member has endured on his journey towards becoming the person he’s dreamed of. While accepting the fact that he is by no means “perfect”, he also understands that he can only learn from the trials and tribulations of the past. He’s destined for greatness, and as he continues to follow the good omens of his life, Briefcvse is sure of the fact that he will achieve exactly what it is that he’s supposed to accomplish.

In addition to Briefcvse, there were a handful of other individuals that helped bring “Collected Fragments” to life. Big ups to Christian Yoon and James for perfectly concocting a variety of instrumentals that helped achieve the somber, yet hopeful sound that’s prevalent throughout this release. In addition to them, both Rachel Oswald and Jenny Nguyen knocked it out of the park with their contribution to the “Collected Fragments” cover art, which was incredibly appropriate for the musical content at hand. Briefcvse has always had a knack for incorporating his talented friends into the art that he puts out, and following the release of  “Collected Fragments”, both Briefcvse and his group of friends are really showcasing the fact that they have something to bring to the table. Major shoutout to everyone that was involved with this release.

Listen to Briefcvse’s latest release “Collected Fragments” down below:

Gio $hyne – “Buzzin” (Prod. christian yoon)

By: Shamus Hill 

WHY MY LINE KEEP BUZZIN???

Ladies and Gentlemen, 2020’s Gio $hyne and Christian Yoon recently joined forces to drop off one of this year’s best tracks, “Buzzin”. Anyone who’s been around me throughout the last couple of weeks has most definitely heard this record and understands how truly addictive the hook on this track is to listen to. Debuting via Soundcloud just days before last month’s 2020 Night, “Buzzin” serves as Gio $hyne’s moment to release some of the energy that he’s been building up.

I’ve said it an absurd amount of times, but Christian Yoon’s production talent is at a very high level. The 2020-affiliated producer has combined with Gio $hyne in the past to concoct some quality records, but “Buzzin” may honestly be my favorite release from this duo. Gio has the awesome ability to flow buoyantly, yet purposefully on his songs, and he really showcases that talent on this offering. Combine that with the stellar talent of Christian Yoon, and you’ve got a well-put-together track that’ll have fans from Boston and beyond rallying around the 2020 name.

Witnessing the performance of this track at 2020 Night was nothing short of thrilling. Despite it only being a handful of days after the release of “Buzzin”, nothing was able to stop Gio $hyne fans from learning every single word to the record. The energy you can feel purely through listening to the Dorchester-native’s tracks is part of the reason I fell in love with the young artist’s music. Having the privilege of witnessing the effect of this sonic-energy on other fans of the music was stunning.

2020 is one of the Boston music scene’s most gifted collectives, with each member grinding their ass off to make a name for themselves. Gio $hyne and Christian Yoon are only two of the puzzle pieces that help make this group of young talents so great, and I’m excited to watch how they make an even greater impact in music throughout their future.

In the mean time, listen to Gio $hyne’s “Buzzin” below:

Gio $hyne – “Insane” [Prod. Christian Yoon]

By: Shamus Hill 

Following a nine-month-long hiatus from releasing music, Gio $hyne returns to the Graduation Music pages today with his latest track “Insane”, which features production at the hands of Christian Yoon. 2020 is one of my favorite collectives of artists in the area, so naturally, I was thrilled when I saw that both Gio and Christian had combined efforts here. The mysterious, ominous sound emitted from the underlying instrumental perfectly suites Gio’s style, making “Insane” a new favorite of mine from the Dorchester-native.

Compact full of bars referencing Boston nights, fashion, and even other members of 2020, “Insane” ultimately becomes a moment for Gio to speak on his life as of late. Despite, at times, feeling like he’s going “insane” and losing control of what’s around him, Gio takes some time to realign his thoughts, and enjoy the spare moments when his homies are around. We all reach periods of time where we feel helpless and unsure of the future, but it’s important not to get lost in that, and find moments of solace however possible. Being surrounded by close friends and the city of Boston, Gio $hyne is here to speak on that solace.

Listening through Gio’s discography, it’s easy to note the amount of growth his music has undergone since beginning to release music over a year ago. He possesses this nonchalant, alluring sound that fits seamlessly over numerous styles of production. One thing, in particular, I really love about Gio’s artistry is his ability to adapt to different sounds, which, at least over the last year, has become customary for him. I’m really looking forward to what his next release will be sounding like. If you haven’t yet, definitely check out our interview with Boston’s 2020 here.

Listen to Gio $hyne’s “Insane” down below: