By: Seamus Fay
Listen to the replay value on All Adds Up. Listen to the hit-making abilities of One Night Only. Listen to the charisma on Cold Times. All of these should prove that Cousin Stizz is making the best music of his life right now, and deep into one of the finest musical hot streaks I’ve ever seen, all signs are pointing up for Fields Corner’s own. Applying the pressure even further, he’s back on Graduation Music today to unveil a new set of visuals for the Cold Times standout, “Made”.
At the heart of this song is the sense of comradery that develops between a soon-to-be star and those that he came up with. “Made” is an ode to future success and ambitions just as much as it acts as a thank you to those stayed down throughout the whole journey, and the only way to honor such a strong sense of duality is to come back to where it all started. That said, the music video for this one finds Stizz right back at home, surrounded by several familiar faces such as REEF, Joe Johnson, OG Swaggerdick, and more. It’s a family affair in every sense of the words, shedding light on a beautiful moment for Stizz as he looks back on just how far he’s made it.
“Made” reminds us all — “you can do it, too”.
Watch the music video for “Made” at the link provided below and if you haven’t already, stream Cold Times here!
Produced by Lil Rich
Directed by Gilad Haas
By: Seamus Fay
Garnering even more momentum and preparing the fans for their Steady Leanin-hosted Norfside Fourside show this week, Bouvé, Major Baby, and StupidGenius are all here to bless our pages with a brand new banger entitled “Freebies”. But before we can get into the song, we need to get one thing straight. The North Shore is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting regions in the state in regards to music, and these three acts remain at the forefront of such an exciting shift. That being said, let’s delve a bit deeper into the unbelievable collaboration that they decided to unleash a few days back.
Produced by none other than hit machines Rocktee and Lil Rich, this track immediately finds its supply of energy through hard-nosed drums and twinkling melodies that will remain stuck in your head for weeks on end. Each new verse is brought forth with exuberant energy and a charismatic touch that gives each artist their individuality while still contributing to the team chemistry in whole, and in every aspect, “Freebies” is a star-studded collaboration that proves why the North Shore is coming up so quick right now. There’s no shortage of talent in the area, with Norfside Fourside to act as a manifesto of the hard work going on up there right now.
Listen to “Freebies” below and if you haven’t already, cop tickets to the show here!
By: Seamus Fay
Pertaining to the Massachusetts music community, one of 2017’s standout events was when the SuperSmashBroz blessed us all with their compilation mixtape, Family Cookout. Featuring music from an abundance of talents from the area as well as a number of highly-anticipated collaborations, this tape showed us all just how “for the city” the brotherly DJ duo really is, as they continue to represent their city in the best light possible. Today, they revisit this family affair with a set of comprehensive visuals for one of the standout tracks from the project, “U Thought” featuring frequent collaborators and fellow dynamic duo, Polo $ummers and Gio Dee.
Produced by Lil Rich and Dreaveli, the song itself kicks off the energy on an electrifying note, giving fans ample reason to put their faith behind the Boston-born collaboration and even more reason to keep “U Thought” on repeat all summer long. The visuals put this warm-weathered, ambitious feeling on a pedestal, taking to barbershop scenery to show the fans a familiar background where $ummers and Dee can show off their signature, charismatic flows in an environment that fits the sonic background of the song. “U Thought” is the first step into what will undoubtedly be a huge summer for the SuperSmashBroz, so be sure not to sleep.
Click play on the new visuals at the link below and catch the SuperSmashBroz and Gio Dee at the Great Scott on June 6th (via Fresh Out The Mint)!
Shot by: BarhamMedia
Directed by: NomaNomz
Edited by: Curwyn Henry
By: Shamus Hill
Making his debut on Graduation Music today is artist by the name of Major Baby, unveiling his latest track, “Stereotypes”, alongside Big Baby Scumbag. Joining the duo with work on the boards is Lil Rich, lacing the two with a beat that straight up slaps and furthermore, helping to make for yet another addictive track to come out of Massachusetts.
Although he has been releasing music of his own for a few years now, I’ll admit that Major Baby slipped under my radar for a while. However, once I started bumping his music, there was no turning back. He’s worked extensively with Gruca on the majority of the tracks he’s released, and I’m a big fan of the energetic, gritty feeling that accompanies the pairing’s music. “Stereotypes” falls right into this category, allowing Major Baby to further develop that sound he’s been working extensively on with a hard-hitting touch.
This record was my first time listening to Big Baby Scumbag’s music, as well, but the combination of him and Major Baby on this song works perfectly. Each verse seems perfectly-balanced in a way that truly showcases the unique talents of each artist, and it really is a great sampler of the music brought to you by these two rising rappers in their respective energies. Hopefully we will get to see this power duo works side-by-side again in the future.
Listen to “Stereotypes” below:
By: Seamus Fay
Just a few weeks ago, I attended a listening party for Plad Fine$$e’s self-titled debut project at IV Boston’s storefront in the North End. Packed with a tight community of fans and friends, the album yielded the same reaction from everyone: a certain look of shock due to genuinely impressive bangers coming one after another, speaking to just how well Plad Fine$$e performs on his long-awaited debut mixtape. Today, we’re happy to help unveil this final product to the people, because if we’re being honest, Plad Fine$$e is one of the main names ready to put Roxbury on the map right now on a national scale.
9 tracks long, Plad Fine$$e does not overstay its welcome, but instead holds the ability to keep fans entertained from the first second to the last with trunk rattling production and fearless flows and rhyme schemes. Plad’s unforgiving stories of ambition, the life he lives, and where he’s destined to go all hit home with a personal sense of triumph, and when added to truly standout beats from names including 4oTo Roles, LoLoTheGod, and Lil Rich, this one is, quite simply, a wrap.
This project has been long-awaited, but now that it’s finally here, I’m proud to say that the Boston front-runner did not disappoint by any means. He’s running a full court press in 2018, and his newest offering is just the first note of what will surely become known as quite the prosperous year for Plad Fine$$e. With that being said, show some love and be sure to bump the new project below.
By: Shamus Hill
Alongside production from 2020’s own, Christian Yoon, and suspicious person, CHI recently dropped a vibrant, high-paced track named “Starry Knight”. Both a play on words and a reference to Vincent van Gogh’s world-renowned painting, this track speaks volumes towards how CHI recognizes her own talent/potential, and how she will remain as formidable as a knight in order to achieve what she has set out to accomplish. Also notable is the fact that the talented CHI can also be credited with the cover-art on this track.
Off the rip, the stellar production on this one catches the listener’s ear with ease. Both Christian Yoon and suspicious person did an amazing job with the beat on this track, so props to them for working their assess of and coming up with an amazing finished product. The combination of this instrumental and CHI’s lyricism are what truly make this song as dope as it is; I was in the midst of a two-hour drive home, and the second this song dropped, my shitty Chevy Impala instantly felt like a rocket ship.
While CHI has a faster-paced style of delivery on “Starry Knight”, she’s extremely talented at presenting raps/flows that directly hit you, and remain there. It’s evident that CHI spent a great deal of time working with this track, and this most certainly shows when listening to the final product. If this is your first time hearing of CHI, I highly suggest listening to her track with the SuperSmashBroz, Plad Fine$$e, and Lil Rich “Grab It“, and “Holy Moly” as these two songs in particular do an exceptional job at presenting what the young talent is capable of.
Quickly becoming one of the artists I’m most excited to see what they release next, CHI is making strides toward becoming a true voice of the city, so Boston: let’s show her some love. Listen to CHI’s “Starry Knight” (prod. Christian Yoon & suspicious person) below:
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