Austin Fair – ‘PIONEER’ [Album]

By: Frankie Wahlberg

Austin Fair has had his foot on the gas in 2020. Only a few months following the release of his 17 song project Joyride, the Chicopee rapper returns with a brand new album entitled PIONEER — a lyrically dense, 29-minute reminder of why Austin’s name carries weight across the entirety of Massachusetts. 

Although the pace of his recent releases may be characterized as being somewhat ambitious, the high-level of quality associated with them unquestionably stands as justification for such a rapid musical output. Laced with production elements of jazz-hop, courtesy of executive producer — and Austin Fair’s cousin — Humbeats, Fair flows from track to track with such mastery that it almost appears effortless. Bouncing between songs such as “Honor Roll”, which will motivate you to roll out of bed and do push-ups, to “Up & Away”, which will motivate you to roll up and spark, the lyrical content prevalent within this project is of a high degree. Echoing the sounds of a man punching his way through the glass ceiling that hangs over the Massachusetts Music Scene — a struggle that many artists from the Bay State know all too well — Austin Fair does a phenomenal job with respect to getting authentic sentiments out to his audience.

Listen to PIONEER below:

CLICK HERE TO STREAM ‘PIONEER’ ON ALL MAJOR PLATFORMS

Austin Fair – “Chose Up Freestyle” (Prod. Humbeats)

By: Shamus Hill

Chicopee-native, Austin Fair, recently dropped “Chose Up Freestyle”, a layered track where Austin airs out some of what’s been weighing on him mentally. Recruiting Humbeats to lace this track with some mesmerizing production, Austin Fair is on a mission to prove to the world that he’s equipped with what it takes to reach the next level.

Austin Fair and Humbeats have been making music alongside one another for an extremely lengthy period of time, and the chemistry shown between the two cousins becomes overwhelmingly apparent as you listen through “Chose Up Freestyle”. Humbeats has worked his way onto the list of the most-respected producers in the state of Massachusetts, and his talents really shine through on this track.

Austin takes time to clear his mind on “Chose Up Freestyle”, airing out his feelings about the music industry, competition, and personal growth. His main focus has always been developing his craft, and as he continues to add depth to his discography, it’s becoming clear that he’s taking the right steps towards achieving his goals. “Chose Up Freestyle” is another example of how much of a skilled rapper Austin Fair truly is.

Listen to “Chose Up Freestyle” below:

Artist: Austin Fair (Chicopee, Massachusetts)

Production: Humbeats

Donald Grunge – “CowboyTalk”

By: Seamus Fay

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.

StreamCowboyTalk at the link provided below:

Artwork by @gregisonfire

XNDRSOUND – “Phantom/More Wins” [Prod. Bizness Boi & Humbeats]

By: Seamus Fay

Here at Graduation Music, XNDRSOUND has continuously impressed us with each successive time he releases new music. The Randolph native always seems to putting in extra hours in the studio, and by polishing his artistry and expanding the scope of versatility that he possesses, it comes as no surprise that his stocks have seen immense growth in the past year or so. Today, XNDRSOUND is back on our pages with a brand new single entitled “Phantom/More Wins”.

Produced by the lethal combination of Bizness Boi and Humbeats, this ever-so-smooth track takes an ominous approach to let out all of its emotion. Slicing through the aggressive melodies are brutally honest lyrics, leading XNDRSOUND to declare his self-worth and take a massive leap towards doing what’s best for him. This track cuts out the fluff and makes sure that the road to the top is as clear as possible, so much so that it becomes quite the anthem in the process.

Listen to “Phantom/More Wins” at the link provided below:

SuperSmashBroz – “Max Out” ft. Caliph, Reem Skully, & Austin Fair

By: Seamus Fay

Aside from being BMA-nominated best DJs in the state, the SuperSmashBroz are also Boston’s finest facilitators. Look at their summer 2017 project, Family Cookout, for example, in which they connected over 30 Massachusetts-based artists to promote the local music scene and bring to fruition various highly-anticipated collaborations. More recently, take a look at their last project – Code Name: Girls Next Door – in which they saw the talents in Gin Mason and CHI and decided to bring them together for an EP. As you can see, the SmashBroz are constantly connecting the dots, and today, they do so yet again with a new single entitled “Max Out”.

Joining together Caliph, Reem Skully, and Austin Fair all over a backbone of SuperSmashBroz and Humbeats production, this song is yet another example of why the brotherly DJ duo is so important for Massachusetts. In getting these 3 incredible rappers together, they bless us with a mesmerizing display of lyrical prowess and addictive rhythms. Each of these artists, one after another, establish a solid degree of chemistry with the others while also showcasing their own individual talents, and all in all, “Max Out” is just the right song to keep all of our vibes right as the summer winds down to its end.

In the words of the SmashBroz, this is “just a lil somethin’ to get your vibes right“, so make sure you give it a listen at the link provided below:

[PREMIERE] Humbeats – ‘#FutureHumV3’

By: Seamus Fay

Simply put, Randolph producer Humbeats is an absolute workaholic. With credits encapsulating a scope of artists including Millyz, Austin Fair, Blackheart, XNDRSOUND, and more, his production skills have become some of the most prominent in the state, and quite frankly, the stocks are only rising with each successive placement that he receives — a sure sign that Hum is on the road to big things. Today, we here at Graduation Music have the pleasure and privilege to introduce Humbeats’s latest beat tape, #FutureHumV3.

We have been covering songs produced by this promising talent since the very beginnings of our blog, and to see all the growth that Humbeats has undergone as well as being able to collaborate with him for a premiere is truly a full circle moment. That said, the Randolph native’s latest is a culmination of sounds that perfectly reflect this growth. He brings forth other-worldly melodies while supplying an additive of knocking kicks, rhythmic hi-hats and more, only to develop a futuristic soundscape that truly does reflect the presence of “Future Hum”.

That being said, if there’s anyone who is leading the charge of Massachusetts artists toward national recognition right now, its Humbeats, blessing everyone with the beat for their next hit song.

Listen to #FutureHumV3 at the link below and buy beats here!

https://m.soundcloud.com/humbeats/sets/futurehumv3

Reem Skully – “Respect 1st” [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

Reem Skully has been on Graduation Music’s radar for a minute now, and by way of thoughtful, quality releases, he’s quickly making a name for himself as one of the most impressive rising acts in the city. The last time he made his way to our pages, fans were blessed with the infamous “Airplane Mode” freestyle. Today, maintaining this prowess, Skully drops off his newest song, “Respect 1st”, and it may just be his finest effort to date.

As the title denotes, this release is entirely focused around the venerable stature of an artist like Reem Skully. He’s been doing his thing for quite some time now, and in pursuit of the bag, he holds no hesitation in hustling to get to the destination. This ambitious, hard-working mind does Skully well, as the lyricism on this one is truly second to none when it comes to money-minded anthems.

Topping this off perfectly is sparkling production courtesy of Humbeats, who, like always, is sure to cater perfectly to the artist’s strengths when crafting together an instrumental. The infectious sound of “Respect 1st” is placed alongside motivated scenery in the music video, and overall, this is a perfect release to act as the lead single off of the forthcoming project, SKULLYBABY. That being said, Reem Skully is about to make some serious noise in Boston and beyond, so don’t sleep.

Get ready for the Mattapan native’s full-length effort and in the meantime, keep “Respect 1st” on repeat at the link below!

Blackheart – “WOE” [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Brockton is currently home to a hotbed of promising talents, and it seems as if every successive week I end up getting hip to yet another new artist from the area. Today, this new artist arrives by the name of Blackheart, with his brand new, 10-track project, WOE, produced by Humbeats & JGONTHEKEYS. And although this may be his Graduation Music debut, I hold no hesitation in saying that Blackheart’s clear creative vision and spotless execution of this vision mark him not so much as a newcomer, but more so as an experienced talent, ready to work towards the top.

That being said, the latest full-length release from the Brockton native acts as a clear testament toward the unwavering ambition that he feels as an artist. Each song on this one possesses an inspiring amount of pure desire to get better and achieve his dreams, and the sound of the music matches right along. Dramatic, crashing drums clash against motivated melodies to mark all 10 tracks as bangers in their own respects, and Blackheart’s looming vocals seemingly boil with passion for the lyrics he’s saying. Top this all off with the burgeoning force of all these elements added together, and you have a hell of a mixtape that everyone needs to give a listen to.

Check out WOE at the link below!

Millyz – ‘Blanco’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

When it comes to lyrical prowess, not many artists can hold a light to Cambridge native Millyz and his inimitable style of storytelling and honest accounts of life in its raw state. That being said, this rising star’s stocks have been rising uncontrollably in recent times, and today, he’s here to bless us with a brand new project entitled Blanco that will only keep the success rolling in as he continues on his inevitable rise to the top. 10 tracks long, this isn’t the one to sleep on, so pay attention as we delve further into the tape.

Featuring production credits from HumBeats, Money Montage, Solow, and more, as well as features from Nino Man, Avenue, Smoke DZA, and Nevasoba, this star-studded offering groups together just the right artists to complement Millyz’ style wonderfully. Every song holds incredible strength on its own, and fueled by the events and characteristics that make the Cambridge native the man he is today, the authenticity is on full display with this mixtape. I could continue to go on, but the truth is, you need to hear it for yourself to get the full effect and truly understand the promise that Millyz possesses as an artist.

Listen to Blanco at the link below:

Lance Jackson – “Alright” ft. Austin Fair [Prod. Humbeats]

By: Seamus Fay

All I can say is wow. Randolph native Lance Jackson recently dropped a new single titled “Alright” featuring Graduation Music frequent flyer, Austin Fair, and in all honesty, this is one of the best tracks of 2018 so far. It grabs the complementary styles of each of these two artists and adds it to undoubtedly one of my favorite Humbeats production placements as of yet, making for a potential hit that is already proving to do quite well in its first few days out. The sound of this one is sonically just on par with where each young talent thrives and it is clear through the chemistry exhibited on “Alright” that everyone hit their sweet spot.

However, the sound of this single wasn’t the only aspect that caused me to gravitate towards the standout track. Additionally, the subject matter on this one turns it from just a banger into an anthem – an anthem for both the lows and the highs, the failures and the successes, the ups and the downs. Whether you’ve been winning in 2018 so far or it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be your year, Jackson and Fair are here to remind you that everything’s going to be alright either way. Having said that, be sure to show some love and check out the new song below!

Austin Fair – “UnZip” ft. HighKey Random

By: Seamus Fay

Austin Fair is one of the hardest working individuals in the local rap scene that we know. Plain and simple. Having said that, we have watched him grow as an artist substantially throughout the past year, and by the end of 2017, he had become one of the most promising talents in Massachusetts. Today, Fair is ready to pick things back up on that note and start off his 2018 with a dope new single titled “”UnZip” featuring HighKey Random and premiered by none other than DJ Supahstar.

For starters, this track is produced by Humbeats and as we all know by now, Fair and Humbeats together is just unfair. The two have an undeniable chemistry that makes for standout songs each and every time, and “UnZip” is certainly no exception to this. The infectious melodic approach of this single mixed with well-fitting vocal deliveries from both Fair and Random mesh together to make for a release that etches itself in your brain on just the first listen, and the unforgettable hook on this one has led me to click replay again and again.

Overall, “UnZip” is a hell of a way to start off the new year for Austin Fair, HighKey Random, Humbeats, and DJ Supahstar, so be sure to check the song out below.

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