Lord Felix – “Messy Wrists” ft. Stefan [Prod. PSOUL]

By: Seamus Fay

Brockton artists Lord Felix and Stefan are marked most notably by their unparalleled skills in evoking raw emotion through music. It seems as if every beat, every flow, every lyric, and every cadence is hand-selected in order to make the themes of a given song come across in the most impactful way possible, and quite honestly, this is achieved with pretty much every new song. Today, we see this talent come to fruition on the emotional single, “Messy Wrists”.

Produced by PSOUL, this track explores the depth of emotion that one might feel at a low point in life. The imagery of messy wrists haunts the listener in a way that highlights the internal struggle behind such feelings, and Felix and Stefan detail their demons with skillful lyricism and captivating vocal posture. That being said, I don’t know many other artists in Massachusetts creating such genuine manifestos of emotion as these two Brockton natives are right now. Their collective prowess is certainly nothing to look right over, so be sure to pay attention to “Messy Wrists” in all of its brutally honest glory.

Click play at the link below:

Lord Felix – “You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had The Chance” ft. Clyde Black

By: Seamus Fay

It’s always going to be a great day when we receive new music from Lord Felix, and today, he’s here to hit our pages with an incredibly unique and hard-hitting new offering entitled “You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had The Chance” alongside Clyde Black. Here at Graduation Music, Felix is a frequent flyer and a regular name, so we have had the privilege of seeing him achieve immense growth throughout the past year and a half or so as an artist. That being said, in all honesty, I believe that this song is only further proof that Brockton has a star on its hands. Make sure you pay attention as we delve further into it.

Produced by Wonderlust, this song takes to an eclectic, electronic instrumental to provide its own energy, thriving within a sonic environment that doesn’t cease to entertain from the first second to the last. Only adding fuel to the fire, we hear both Felix and Black join forces on this one in an incredibly complementary manner. Their individual styles bounce off of one another with ease, and all in all, this is a remarkable release that proves why Lord Felix is on a rapid path to the top.

Don’t sleep, listen to “You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had The Chance” at the link below:

Leo The Kind – “Pieces of a Puzzle” [Live Version]

By: Seamus Fay

I’ve heard the name Leo The Kind before, but not until now can I say that I truly understood the range of his talent that he possesses so effortlessly. Surrounded by a beautiful, mountainous atmosphere and nothing but the calmed sounds of his own music, Leo is here to show us all just how special of an artist he is with a live performance of his song “Pieces of a Puzzle”. And in all of its synth-led glory, this is certainly not something to sleep on.

Shot by Lord Felix, Shelby Smilezs, and Moses Besong, the environment in which the video is shot plays to its sound with perfect chemistry. “Pieces of a Puzzle” has a naturally infectious sound, capturing a similar feeling to that of the fresh air and naturally illustrative scenes that we see in this performance. From the visuals to the music itself, Leo The Kind crafted together an absolute masterpiece, and for that, he deserves nothing but praise. Boston has yet another source of bountiful talent, and he goes by the name Leo.

Watch “Pieces of a Puzzle” at the link below:

Lord Felix – “Voice Memo #222”

By: Seamus Fay

If you have been following Graduation Music for some time now, it goes without saying that you’re familiar with Lord Felix’s “voice memo” series, unleashing a series of demos and rare offerings that prove his polished artistry to an emphatic extent. Today, this streak continues with the latest of the collection, “Voice Memo #222”. And although I’ve said this with seemingly every new track from the Brockton native, I feel compelled to mention that this one may just be one of my personal favorite offerings of his catalog at the moment.

Produced by MORALBANDIT, this voice memo takes to a slow, disengaged beat to lend Felix the ability to let out his emotion in just the right atmosphere. It’s a wonderfully cohesive offering, and by offering his unapologetically honest feelings in such a sonically-fitting light, “Voice Memo #222” is yet another standout release from the Van Buren frontman. That being said, don’t sleep on the latest track from Lord Felix in all of its lyrical, dazed glory.

Click play on “Voice Memo #222” at the link below:

Lord Felix – “Hold It Down” [Prod. Yellow Synth]

By: Seamus Fay

In the early beginnings of Graduation Music, I can vividly remember hearing “Weight Off” and immediately thinking that Lord Felix was a star. Well, about a year removed from that track, I must say that I still feel the same way, as Felix has grown into a polished artist and a leader within Brockton’s scene, proving that there truly is an immense amount of talent and creativity behind the excitement surrounding his name. Today, proving this prowess with quite possibly my favorite offering of his as of yet, the Van Buren representative is here to bless us with a tremendous new single titled “Hold It Down” produced by Yellow Synth.

In essence, this track is, in every way, an illustrative display of the intersection in which lyricism and emotion collaborate seamlessly, attacking this specific point with a unique artistry that I almost can’t bring to words. As he always seems to do so well, “Hold It Down” reminds us of Felix’s unrivaled ability to describe life in its highs and lows using compelling wordplay and a certain “author’s voice” that represents his charisma and character with an unfiltered charm.

It’s alluring in every sense lyrically, but once matched with Yellow Synth’s dreamy production and raw, plucked melodies, this track is quite simply taken to the next level. To top it all off, Felix and Leo The Kind turn this energy into fuel, delivering a high-noted, beautifully-executed hook that I haven’t been able to get out of my head since the first listen. I could seriously go on about this song all day, but all in all, “Hold It Down” is proof that Lord Felix is deserving of all of the buzz his music receives, and that’s that.

Listen to the latest from the Brockton native below:

Graduation Music Presents: ‘Recent Picks’ Playlist

By: Seamus Fay

As you may recall, we recently started a segment by the name of GRADUATION MUSIC RADIO, set to release a new episode every other Monday. This week, due to some technical difficulties, we are postponing the newest episode for a few days. To make up for it, we present to our readers a 15-track playlist of some of our favorite local songs at the moment!

Some tracks are older, some newer, but regardless, these are a few standout releases that you need to get hip to if you weren’t already. Check the playlist out below:

Lord Felix – “Voice Memo #201”

By: Seamus Fay

The best Lord Felix is always new Lord Felix. We’ve seen him stretch from far-reaching highs to deep, deep lows, and yet, he still finds the ability to channel any emotion with genuine feeling and an unrivaled, polished artistry. In my personal opinion, this Brockton standout talent simply hasn’t missed yet, and to continue this hot streak, he’s here today to drop off the latest of his voice memo series, “Voice Memo #201”.

Backed by a dusty instrumental from Sly Tendencies (now known as none other than Earl Sweatshirt), Felix turns to one of the main strengths that he has shown throughout the voice memo series, time and time again: honest lyricism. He describes life with unfiltered lines of ambition, inner struggle, doubt, and everything in between, making sure to entertain with every single bar and giving us a vivid look into the mind and inner workings of such a unique young artist. Be sure to listen to “Voice Memo #201” at the link below.

*This single also includes a bar referencing Graduation Music, saying “Like the boy Seamus I’m plotting on Graduation.” Shouts out to Lord Felix for that one!

Saint Lyor – “Scales” ft. James Guild, Luke Bars, & Lord Felix

By: Seamus Fay

Ever since we began covering Saint Lyor’s music some months ago, we have seen him grow into an absolute force to be reckoned with, not only within the context of the Brockton music scene, but the Massachusetts scene as a whole. Today, this growth in artistry is taken one step further with the release of yet another standout single from the rising talent titled “Scales” – and it just may be his finest release yet.

This one, acting as a family affair of sorts, joins forces between Lyor and a few more of Brockton’s finest talents to offer in James Guild, Luke Bars, and Lord Felix. Once set to the tune of stellar production from Leo The Kind, this track seems to take a life of its own The enigmatic sound cuts deep within passionate cadences and honest verses from each artist featured on the track, tracing their steps as they trade verses one after another. As a fan of Brockton’s budding scene, “Scales” is a spectacular sight to see. The talent is clearly there, and singles like these prove that very fact with a clear emphasis.

Overall, from the first second to the last, this single channels the very energy that makes each of these artists so special in the first place. Saint Lyor set up the alley-oop perfectly, and I must say, the guests he brought with him all came through with the complementary dunks. Having said that, be sure to listen to the latest from the Brockton dream team at the link below. You won’t want to sleep on this one.

FourtyFor – ‘s.$ide’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Simply put, I had never been quite familiar with the work of Massachusetts producer FourtyFor until this morning. His name may have crossed my eyes on the production credits for a few songs, but overall, he has remained in the shadows for the past few months, hidden away from Graduation Music while quietly making his mark on our state’s budding scene. Thankfully, however, the rising talent is here to leap into the light today, taking to our pages with his latest mixtape, s.$ide. With features from DumDrumz, MT Mill, Ashauni, Isaiah Valmont, Chris Morris, Lord Felix, and Patrick Michel, this is definitely not the project to sleep on.

10 tracks long, s.$ide weaves in and out of a number of different production styles while maintaining a common feeling throughout. This running commonality is most clearly defined by the homely pinch of charisma that seems to touch each track ever so slightly, reminding us that FourtyFor is the mastermind behind the boards for each track while hiding him within the shadows at the same time. In this light, the tape acts as a thorough introduction for the world to get hip to this rising producer, and he will definitely be someone we look forward to hearing more from in 2018. Be sure to show some love to Massachusetts’ own, FourtyFor, by listening to s.$ide below.

Note to the reader – I cannot keep this Max B intro off of repeat. 

Lord Felix – “Ramble” ft. James Guild [Prod. Baihaqy]

By:: Seamus Fay

As we first saw in their standout collaboration, “Heart In Hand”, James Guild and Lord Felix are two artists who complement one another with unrivaled chemistry. Something about Felix’s brutally honest, aggressive flows along with Guild’s up-close-and-personal cadences clash with each other and form an inimitable bond, helping to mark each of the two as some of Brockton’s top artists right now. Today, fans get to see this incredible pairing once again with an energetic offering titled “Ramble”.

Produced by Baihaqy, this single’s raw, vibrant sound delivers a rambunctious single overall, as the two Van Buren members take the aggression of the beat and mold it into an ambitious anthem. Additionally, considering the way that Felix and Guild are able to exhibit their signature styles with such unapologetic precision, “Ramble” is a personal favorite track for me from either artist. These are two names that you simply need to be hip to in 2018, so be sure to show some love by listening to “Ramble” below.

Lord Felix – “Stunt” [Prod. Ricky Felix]

By: Seamus Fay

Anyone who has been following Graduation Music for some time now has most likely heard of Lord Felix and his ability to paint vivid images of life and its struggles time and time again with pinpoint accuracy. Add that to an incredibly polished image and calculated artistry, and it makes sense why Felix and the Van Buren crew are helping put on for Brockton right now with some truly incredible work in both fashion and music alike. Having said that, here enters the rising talent’s newest banger, “Stunt”.

Relentlessly aggressive and packed to the brim with infectious energy and triumphant cadences, Lord Felix’s latest is a power move from start to finish. This is the Brockton artist’s first single of the year, and with the eccentric yet hard-hitting, raw production from Rick Felix, the brotherly duo is already starting their 2018 on the right foot.

“Stunt” finds the flex-filled space in which it excels best and simply attacks using feverish energy and charismatic lines to fuel the fire. This is in every way a dope single to ramp up the anticipation of the fans for Felix’s forthcoming debut project, and although we may not know when it is coming, it is clear through the lens of this track that he has something special in store for us.

Be sure to check out “Stunt” 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