Fabz Above – “Hennnnny Sippa” ft. Donald Grunge & Splash Got’Em [Prod. Maka]

By: Seamus Fay

Here at Graduation Music, we’ve been longtime fans of the ever-infectious, hard-hitting sounds of none other than Fabz Above. His talents range over a variety of different energies and stylistic ventures, but what will always remain an integral part of Fabz’ artistry is his ability to garner energy with ease. And at that, he never fails to entertain. Today, Fabz Above shows off these skills alongside Donald Grunge and Splash Got’Em with a brand new single entitled “Hennnnny Sippa”.

Produced by Maka, — who is quickly becoming the go-to producer for some of Boston’s most promising young talents — this track starts right off the bat with an ample supply of animated deliveries. The truth is, “Hennnnny Sippa” doesn’t hold any boring points throughout its 2-minute and 45-second glory, and only adding fuel to the fire are some unforgettable features from Grunge and Splash. This trio, backed by Maka, can do no wrong, and “Hennnnny Sippa” is just proof of this undeniable chemistry that they hold together. Boston has a bright future on its hands.

Listen to “Hennnnny Sippa” at the link below:

Donald Grunge – “Guitar Grunge” [Prod. Maka]

By: Seamus Fay

Donald Grunge and Maka: two artists who have earned their statuses as front-runners in Massachusetts rap due to ample supplies of high-quality music and even more importantly, undying consistency. There exists a certain art to being authentic and never compromising one’s personality, and both Grunge and Maka seem to have it down to a science. That being said, in a collaboration that I didn’t see coming but am more than willing to embrace, this highly-talented duo is here to bless the world with a new single entitled “Guitar Grunge”.

The last time we heard this joining of forces was on the summer-minded offering, “Shade“. Both artists have seen immense growth since the release of their last collaborative effort, and “Guitar Grunge” shows just how much they have been able to hone in on their skills in the meantime. Fans hear energetic, almost sporadic displays of pure bliss and passion from Grunge, only to be complemented by the gorgeous, sun-soaked instrumental from Maka, as the two work off of one another’s skills with an unrivaled chemistry. Adding fuel to the fire, a hard-hitting drum pattern reinforces the bubbling melodies, and all in all, we receive a candidate for song of the summer from the two Graduation Music favorites.

That being said, show some love and click play on “Guitar Grunge” at the link below!

Donald Grunge – “Keep On Goin”

By: Seamus Fay

Donald Grunge is, for lack of a better word, a captivating artist. His music is hard to box into any sort of simple category, and in such a way, there’s something about Grunge’s sound that feels just a few steps ahead of the pack. Sonically, the melodic approach that he brings to the table is nothing short of impressive, but not until he delivers his passionate vocals and raw, emotion-filled lyrics is the impact of his music fully shown. Today, we see all of this on display in Grunge’s latest offering, “Keep on Goin”.

Fueled by the allure of hard-nosed drum patterns and a synth-led melody, this track finds Donald Grunge in a place of great ambition and triumph. The two themes coexist in a manner that seems to say, “I’ve made it this far, now it’s time to bring it up a level”, which is perfectly reflected with the line, “Always knew I was a star“. This promising young talent isn’t going to settle for anything less than the top, and rightfully so. He feels like the chosen one, so there’s no point in letting up the full-court pressure during his inevitable ascent as an artist.

Listen to “Keep On Goin” at the link below!

NOTSAFE FORWORK – “Sandman” ft. Rams, Donald Grunge, Cave

By: Seamus Fay

If you’ve been tapped into the Boston music community in recent months, the group name “NSFW” has undoubtedly surfaced right in front of your eyes at least once or twice. Encapsulating a number of unbelievable talents from the area such as Rams, Donald Gunge, Cave, and Maka, this collective of rising artists holds the firepower to do some serious damage, just as shown in their debut single as a group, “Sandman”, which came out just yesterday. Sometimes putting all your chips into one bet isn’t the best idea, but when you throw these all-stars on one track together, it most certainly is a fantastic idea, equipped with a seamless chemistry that already shows through in their first offering.

That being said, “Sandman” immediately forms its identity by way of key-led production courtesy of Maka, only to clash against electrifying verses from Rams, Grunge, and Cave to follow. Each artist follows right after the last, not just adding to the excitement but also bringing it to the next level, and in this way, I believe that “Sandman” is an early indication of the heat that NSFW, or NOTSAFE FORWORK, has on the way for us. I’ve been a fan of the individual talents contained within the group for quite some time in their solo careers, so seeing them come together feels like a full circle moment that nobody will be forgetting about anytime soon.

Listen to “Sandman” below and experience that sky-high potential that NSFW is bringing to the table.

Donald Grunge – “Tyler Jeans” [Prod. Elz]

By: Seamus Fay

Within the budding Massachusetts music scene right now, there really aren’t many artists doing it quite like Donald Grunge. Similarly, within the local fashion scene, there aren’t many artists doing it quite like Tyler Roberts of Tyler Jeans. Today, these two worlds collide on Grunge’s new single, “Tyler Jeans”. The drip is there, the sound is there, the style is there, and all in all, this might be one of the best offerings we have received from Grunge to date.

Produced by Elz. “Tyler Jeans” is an infectious, melodic look into the fashion-minded brain that this young musical talent seems to communicate so well. He translates the imagery of Tyler Jeans into a triumphant status symbol, and in a family affair of sorts, it’s a great thing to see two local talents conjoining separate waves in such a cohesive, supportive way. Just as he denotes it, Donald Grunge is not your average star and neither is Tyler, so don’t sleep on their hard work and get ready to watch the stocks for each of the two as 2018 continues on.

Listen to “Tyler Jeans” below and check out Tyler’s work here!

Donald Grunge – “Never Broke(n) Again”

By: Seamus Fay

Within his musical catalog, we have seen Donald Grunge offer a variety of moods for any occasion. His unrivaled versatility is impressive to say the least, and in its added effect, Grunge has become known as one of MA’s most unique young artists. With that being said, this rising talent is back on our pages today with a self-produced track titled “Never Broke(n) Again”.

Rich with looming organs and hard-hitting percussion, this song acts as a sort of self-promise from Grunge. He’s committed to music, so much so that he is making it a mission for success in 2018. And, frankly so, with the range of sounds that he has blessed us with in the past, I fully believe that he can achieve this goal as an individual. However, beyond just Grunge, “Never Broke(n) Again” is an anthem for anyone ready to get to the bag in 2018, and it achieves its purpose wonderfully in that sense.

Overall, this is one of my personal favorite Donald Grunge tracks to date, so I recommend giving it a listen below and getting hip to a standout local creative.

The Top 50 New England Songs of 2017

By: Seamus Fay

Looking back, 2017 was a year of immense growth for New England and specifically Massachusetts’ budding music scene. We were fortunate enough to see the rise of many new talents as well as watch some of the more established artists prosper in their own ways, and frankly, it was inspiring to us to see the work that the artists, the producers, the photographers, the graphic designers, the mixers, the managers, etc. have been putting in. Without all of these people playing their respective roles, our scene wouldn’t be where it is today.

Having said that, we here at Graduation Music collaborated with Fresh Out The Mint to compile a list of the “Top 50 New England Songs of 2017” (in our humble opinion). Below is the playlist of all the tracks – enjoy!

Thank you sincerely to everyone for supporting us throughout 2017 and making our first full year as a blog a successful one. We greatly appreciate all the love and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.  

  • Young Seuss – “123”
  • Big Leano – “Broke” [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Vintage Lee – “Bless You” [Prod. Jew Paidro]
  • Millyz – “Lessons” [Prod. Achillies]
  • VALLEY – “Atari” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • Caliph & Jefe Replay – “The Mood” [Prod. Obeatz]
  • MyCompiledThoughts – “Romeo and Juliet”
  • Cousin Stizz – “Lambo”
  • DJ Lucas – “Doubt”
  • Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez]
  • Juxi – “Leave Me Alone” [Prod. Banbwoi]
  • Jiggz – “Excuses” [Prod. digitLIX]
  • KREW$ – “Dog Days” [Prod. DMND]
  • RAMS – “Disease!” [Prod. Maka]
  • Rothstein – “Jaded” ft. Supa Bwe [Prod. Shepard]
  • Patrick Michel – “Perfect” [Prod. GrandCruu]
  • Alejandro Blanco – “Give It To Her” [Prod. TFresh & SSB]
  • Jefe Replay – “Stay Ugly” [Prod. Humbeats]
  • Mizzie Cash – “Maneuvering” [Prod. Rob $urreal]
  • Lord Felix – “Power” ft. Marvelous Stefan [Prod. LoLoTheGod]
  • Plad Fine$$e – “Cheese” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]
  • Maye Star – “Adjacent” ft. CH!LD [Prod. Sevnth]
  • WHYTRI – “XURWIFI (Remix) ft. Lily Rayne [Prod. Cecil]
  • Stripes iii – “Henny Down” [Prod. K.C.B.]
  • Khary – “1-800-IDGAF” [Prod. Cloud Atrium]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Replay Interlude” ft. Jefe Replay [Prod. LDG]
  • Michael Christmas – “Not The Only One” ft. Tobi Lou [Prod. Durkin]
  • $ean Wire – “Moonlight” [Prod. Tropicana Bwoy]
  • Pistola – “Jokes On You” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
  • CAVE – “Who’s Next” [Prod. Maka]
  • Maka & Durkin – “Waterworld”
  • Gio Dee – “Buzz Lightyear” [Prod. MLVN]
  • Humbeats – “Monday” ft. Austin Fair & TeaMarrr
  • StupidGenius – “Palm Trees” ft. Capito [Prod. Lil Rich & Gruca]
  • Garrett Merk – “Simple” [Prod. Frace]
  • Danny Diamonds – “Can’t Talk”
  • Gogo – “Cocaina”
  • Polo $ummers – “$ad Boi” [Prod. WaVe GoD]
  • SuperSmashBroz – “Still” ft. Big Leano & Vintage Lee [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
  • Haasan Barclay – “Live For You”
  • CHE – “Thii”
  • Avenue – “Ain’t Shit Funny” (Remix) ft. Prano, Millyz, Le$, Al-Doe & Chase N Cashe
  • Donald Grunge – “Shade” [Prod. Maka]
  • Boogie Da God – “Get Well Soon” ft. Jefe Replay
  • Marvelous Stefan – “Double Tap!” ft. Saint Lyor [Prod. Trevor Powers]
  • Black EL – “Another Dose” [Prod. Durkin]
  • $wooli – “Rainy Days” ft. Rachel Aiello
  • Rosewood Bape – “Miss Me” [Prod. Kin Rich]
  • TeaMarrr – “The One” [Prod. Ky Thompson & Keith Bell]
  • Michael Christmas – “Top Turnbuckle” ft. OG Swaggerdick

An Interview With Donald Grunge

By: Seamus Fay

As one of Boston’s most interesting and exciting names in music at the moment, Donald Grunge is an artist that I personally connected to from the first moment I heard him.  Something about his personal yet universal lyricism struck a chord in me, and ever since, I’ve been a fan of the Chelsea-native from that day on. This young talent’s clear creative vision and even better execution, matched with a notable work ethic, has consistently made for high-quality releases, and under the array of infectious melodies that he has to offer, it only made sense that we had to sit down with Grunge at some point for an interview.

With that being said, you can read the conversation that we were fortunate enough to have with him below. Enjoy!


To get things started, where are you originally from?

Born & raised in Chelsea, MA. I moved to Everett for high school cause my moms thought I was getting into too much trouble. But I’ll always be from Chelsea.

How did you originally get into music?

Music has been around me my whole life. My grandfather played guitar & my mother is an amazing singer. I used to sing in church when I was like 9 cause my mom was mad religious. But by 11, I wasn’t with singing gospel music. I actually sang a lot so I had an amazing voice, but I wasn’t recording my vocals or anything yet.

When I got to high school I started actually rapping. I was mad good at freestyling – I could rap for days. I used to just sit in a car, smoke weed, and rap for an hour straight lol. Senior year is when I dropped my first song & it got like 140k plays. I always felt that like that song wasn’t really me, but fuck it. It motivated me to keep making music.

What were you listening to back in the day?

Anything that had a groove, really. My family had the biggest influence on what I was listening, too. My house always had a wide variety of music to choose from. If I was to list everyone I listened to we’d be here forever lol, but I was listening to anything from Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, & Cher to 50 Cent, Usher, & Lil Wayne. So growing up I was literally listening to anything. A good friend used to call me a human iPod lol.

What kind of kid was Donald Grunge back in the day?

A fuckin weird one lol. I was very to myself, considering I was an only child until the age of 12. I liked Legos, puzzles, & painting. I played video games a lot cause my older cousin was into it, and I lived with him for a good part of my life. I was also really into breakdancing from ages 8-12 which helped with understanding rap/hip-hop.

It was just me & mom majority of my life. My dad was in & out of my life from ages 7-12. I bumped into him my senior year and he stuck around for a little that year, but I haven’t talked to him since. My mom has supported me in anything I’ve ever done and is the reason why Donald Grunge is who he is today.

What is your creative process for making music? How/where do you tend to find inspiration?

Melodies are the most important to me. If I’m humming something all day it’s probably going to be a song eventually lol. For me, figuring out the best melody comes first & the words come second. Doesn’t matter what you say, it’s how you say it. Pharrell taught me that.

As for finding inspiration to make the music, I’m my own inspiration. My room is all white & very plain on purpose. It allows me to think openly and not be distracted by anything.

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How did The Grunge Effect come about? How have grown as an artist since then?

I couldn’t exactly tell you how me & TheseVibez met, but I believe it was through our mutual friend, FabzAbove. I was actually going through a break up lol, and I was really depressed. The Grunge Effect is showing how I got through the pain & it changed me as a person (the reason why I used a butterfly for transformation). I always felt that project was rushed & not exactly how I wanted it, so just making it made me grow as an artist and I’m still growing every day.

How does it feel receiving so much love from Boston and Massachusetts as a whole for your work? What inspires you to keep creating music?

Lol, it’s funny you ask that. Personally, I feel like I don’t get enough love from Boston. I always felt like Boston could show more love. Not just towards what I do, but as a whole. Cliche to say, & I’m sure everyone says it, but Boston needs to come together. Not saying be a friend to everyone and listen to everything, but support each other and respect everyone’s aspirations in life.

As for inspiration to keep me going, it’s the love I do get. The support I do see. Hearing someone genuinely love my song is good enough for me.

I’ve seen in the past that you’re a big fan of Kurt Cobain. What do him and Nirvana as a whole mean to you as a person and an artist alike?

Kurt birthed grunge. I owe him the world. I think I was like 15 when I first heard Nirvana. Didn’t know who they were, or what it was, but I loved it. It’s deeper than music.

Lastly, what can fans expect from Donald Grunge in the future? Any projects aside from music?

Truthfully, the fans won’t expect what’s coming. I’d love to get into acting, photography, or film directing, but as of right now, music is my only priority. What I will say is you guys can expect at least 2 projects in 2018 with some singles for sure. I’m excited to share what I’ve been working hard towards all year.


As we head into 2018, Donald Grunge will most definitely be an artist to keep an eye on. His keen ear for intoxicating melodies and overall compelling creative vision will surely keep the stocks rising as time goes on, and I’m excited to watch the bright future of this young artist. With that being said, thank you to Donald and his team for the interview – Best wishes moving forward.

Connect with Donald Grunge on:

SoundCloud

Twitter

Instagram

Donald Grunge – “SUICIDENOTEXX” [Prod. TheseVibez]

By: Seamus Fay

When I think of the name Donald Grunge, I usually think of hard-hitting tracks, lively in nature and never lacking in high-energy deliveries. Yet when listening to his latest offering “SUCIDIENOTEXX”, the opposite end of the spectrum comes into play. Not only are the rising artist’s versatility and talent magnified, but his abilities to portray thoughtful emotion and lyricism are shown, as well.

I can’t say I expected a single of such weight, but I’m thoroughly impressed with the deeply introspective result. Donald Grunge isn’t to be put in any box, and he clearly has the ability to work on his music at a number of different angles. “SUICIDENOTEXX”s ominous production via TheseVibez paints a dim atmosphere with little light available, exploring the depths of Grunge’s deepest issues and doing so with strength and bravery. This single is also very much indicative of the sky-high potential that the Boston native holds, so click play below.

Note: According to some recent tweets from the artist himself, this may be the only music we receive for a while:

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