From “Guitar Grunge” back in July to “Snake In My Boot” last month and most recently, “Henny Sippa“, 2018 has been a monumental year for Donald Grunge. One release after another, he’s been honing in on his craft, and as a result, we’ve seen some of his most creatively ambitious releases to date in recent months. Needless to say, Grunge is on a win streak right now, and today, he takes all of this energy and puts it toward the release of his long-awaited, highly-anticipated new project, CowboyTalk.
Taking on a Western theme, this tape is eccentric from the cover art all the way to the final seconds of its last song. Grunge pours his heart out into 7 highly-passionate, energetic cuts, leaving it all on the court as he puts forth a noticeably refined version of the “on my own terms” artistry that we’ve grown to love over the years. With production at the hands of local talents including Mike Hector, David Walker, JORD4NEVERDIED, Chris Tophr, Jonny Doobs, Maka, and Humbeats, CowboyTalk picked on a dream team of names to make up its roster, and without a doubt, it paid off. Donald Grunge is here, and he’s here to stay.
If you’re looking for some energy to get you through the week, look no further than FAbzabove’s “Henny Sippa”. Anthemic in its nature and addictive in its excitable presence, this song is making waves all throughout Boston right now, and in order to complement this success, FAbz is here to drop off the accompanying visuals via ELEVATOR. Alongside Donald Grunge and Splash Got’Em, this track is proven to have shut down venues (the video has proof), and the music video is ready to spread this hype from Boston to the rest of the world.
With this, thanks to direction and videography from the all-star himself, Xandros, “Henny Sippa” perfectly captures the ways in which this release has continuously made waves throughout its city of origin. Each of the three artists on the song are known in Boston for their talents, and the firepower that arises from a collaboration between the trio is simply indescribable — just listen to the verses for proof. I could talk about this song and music video all day long, but the point is, “Henny Sippa” is a rallying point for Boston, so let’s treat it as such.
Looking back at some of the Massachusetts artists who really proved their worth in 2018, Donald Grunge needs to be at the top of the list. The eclectic, hyper-creative rising talent never fails to trust his ear for making great music, and consequently, this characteristic has led to some truly impressive additions to Grunge’s catalog in recent months. Today, en route to the 11/30 release of his new project, Donald Grunge is making sure that fans control their anticipation, using an appetizer of a single entitled “Snake In My Boot” to do the trick as we count down the days until the full course.
Produced by none other than Mike Hector, this track uses a simplistic melody and bass-heavy, hard-nosed drum patterns to lay the ground for Grunge’s ranging set of cadences. As always, this choice of production brings out the best in Grunge, as he rides the instrumental with a wide variety of tones and flows to match such compelling lyricism. “Snake In My Boot” proves that we’re about to receive Grunge’s finest work to date, and personally, I can’t wait.
Playing a crucial role behind the boards and bringing so many artists’ sounds to life, JGONTHEKEYS is, and has been for some time now, an essential figure in the development of Boston’s music scene. His work boasts collaborations between a number of the city’s finest talents, and always known to snap on any project he embarks on, JG is here to bring this prowess full circle today with a compilation tape, PLANET JG!. As noted by the title, this project brings names including Connis, Giuseppe Love, Donald Grunge, Pistola, SK85!, Trismuh, DK, BROKECH1C, and Pe$o Boii into an entirely new world of sound and sonic direction, all of which is orchestrated at the skillful hands of JGONTHEKEYS.
8 tracks long and allowing for introductions to so many of Massachusetts’ best-kept secrets, JG’s latest marks a defining moment of community for Boston’s music scene, and it surely presents the city’s talent in the best light possible. By taking matters into his own hands, this hitmaking producer is working toward the progression and embracement of local talent one heater at a time, tightening up the loose ends and maximizing the potential of every artist he works with. Needless to say, PLANET JG! is something special; beyond himself, he really did his thing in bringing up those around him with this one, and for that, we have to appreciate his success.
Stream the new project at the link below!
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Over the past few years in Boston, we’ve seen a number of rising talents take the spotlight and put on for the city, but few have done it in a way as unique and special as Pistola. Crafting numerous cult classics in the city as well as turning heads all over the world with songs like “P.I.S.T.O.L.A.” and “Swang” (which eventually received the remix treatment alongside DRAM), Stola has managed to make some serious waves in his career, and today, he is sure to keep this going. While we haven’t heard from the rising star in a minute, he’s back and better than ever with a brand new song, “Coupes N’ Boof”.
Produced by Donald Grunge (who has been killing it on the boards as of late, by the way), this offering makes its presence known as an absolute banger right off the bat, featuring one of the hardest beats that I’ve heard all year long. The bass clashes with Stola’s galvanizing deliveries in a way that yields nothing but energy, and the lyrics are kept simple so that this song can easily live up to its full potential and shut down venues, one after another. “Coupes N’ Boof” is as hard as it gets, letting us all know that Pistola is picking up right where he left off.
Don’t sleep, listen at the link below and follow Pistola’s new SoundCloud here!
One of the main criticisms of the Massachusetts music scene right now is that instead of coming together and collaborating, artists see everything as a competition and are hesitant to embrace the sense of “community” that people are looking for. Regardless of your thoughts on the criticism, it’s always refreshing to see this concept of collaboration come to fruition, and today, this is perfectly exemplified with Connis’ brand new song, “Tall Model B*tch”. Bringing together the names of Maka, FAbzabove, Gogo, and Donald Grunge, this one represents a special moment for Massachusetts, and rightfully so, the music follows up with a high level of quality to match.
Produced by the hitmaker himself, Maka, “Tall Model B*tch”`finds its energy within an endless supply of playful flows as well an electric melody. The beat is simplistic, but by matching the hard-hitting bass with lyrical acrobatics from every single artist on the song, it comes through as immensely powerful. There doesn’t exist one unimpressive verse on “Tall Model B*tch”, and with every single artist going as hard as they possibly can, it goes without saying that Connis’ latest is going to do serious numbers — plus, you can pretty much already tell that this track performed live might just shut down a venue on any given night.
That said, listen at the link below and embrace the sight of so many Mass-based artists coming together on one song!
As I’m sure all of our readers remember, Graduation Music favorite Donald Grunge took over the summer this year with his unbelievable single, “Guitar Grunge” (which remains one of the best songs out of MA this year, in my opinion). Ever since the song’s release, it seems as though Grunge has been cooped up in the studio on a creative high, and today, we receive a manifestation of this with his brand new, self-produced offering, “Worth It”. While noted to be a freestyle on Twitter, this song clearly shows that the Massachusetts talent is making some of the best music of his career, and for that, we couldn’t be more thankful.
That said, Donald Grunge has always been the kind of artist who is able to lock into a certain creative space when he needs to. As shown in his latest, he locks into this space with passionate deliveries, offering impulsive lyricism and bellowing vocal runs that truly bring to fruition the full range of talent that we know and love him for. Grunge gets lost in the beat and for lack of a better word, is absolutely on fire for all of this song’s 3-minute duration.
I could go on about this one all day, but by the excitement of my words, you should check out “Worth It” for yourself. Click play at the link below and keep an eye out for more from Donald Grunge hopefully arriving in the near future!