Millyz – “The Prom”

By: Shamus Hill

Returning to the Graduation Music site today with his first release of 2019 is Millyz. The Cambridge-rapper is one of the more reputable in the state, and “The Prom” is yet another shining example of just how talented he is. With Blanco 2 currently in the works, Millyz is hopping into his bag, gearing up to make his next album his most prominent collection of music to-date.

“The Prom” simply serves a reminder of how Millyz has been living as of late. He’s gaining notoriety across the world, and the more he grows, the more he brings Massachusetts with him. He’s quickly become a spokesperson for the blossoming music scene within the state, so it’ll be interesting to see how he moves throughout the year. Prepare yourself for the release of Millyz’s upcoming project, and dedicate a few moments to hear his first song since “Strawberry Goya”.

Listen to “The Prom” below:

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Patrick Michel – “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]” (Prod. Maka)

By: Shamus Hill

It’s been awhile since we’ve had some new Patrick Michel music to listen to, so it goes without saying that the Graduation Music staff is pleased to present you “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]”. Making use of some hard-hitting Maka production, the Brockton-native truly hits this release out of the park.

Brockton, Massachusetts has steadily become one of the state’s biggest hot spots for music, with “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]” being the first successful release to come out of the city in 2019. Patrick Michel has a history of making high-energy music, however this song is most definitely a standout within his discography. He’s preparing his listeners for his next project, which is slated to come out this year, so in the mean time allow “Don Ricardo Drive [Paranoia]” to fill that void.

Listen to Patrick Michel’s first release of the year below:

Pistola + Mike Hector – “Gang Shit”

By: Shamus Hill

Pistola and Mike Hector just dropped “Gang Shit”, and subsequently the duo have already set the bar high for Massachusetts artists in 2019. The last time they linked up the pair blessed listeners with “Fiji”, one of the best tracks to come out of Boston in 2018, and it’s safe to say that they’re 2 for 2 after listening to their latest release.

Both Pistola and Mike Hector haven’t wasted a moment with regard to building up their resumes over the course of these last few years, with each doing a tremendous job at shining a light onto the levels of talent that are coming out of the Bay State at the moment. Hector cooks up a flawless beat on “Gang Shit”, and is quickly followed-up with some addictive Pistola flows. Anyone that’s listened to the Dorchester-native’s music will find themselves playing this track over-and-over again. We can only be hopeful that Mike Hector and Pistola will continue to work together in the future, as it’s become overwhelmingly apparent that these two have a unique chemistry between each other.

Listen to “Gang Shit” below:

Artist: Pistola

Production: Mike Hector

[PREMIERE] Brevin Kim – “I Was Happier When I Was Sad”

By: Shamus Hill

Brevin Kim are slated to have an extremely successful 2019, starting off their year with the release of the official audio and visuals for “I Was Happier When I Was Sad”. The duo ended their 2018 with a long list of high-quality releases, and it’s looking as if this behavior is only going to continue as we enter the new year.

“I Was Happier When I Was Sad” is a self-explanatory name for this song, as the pair dwell on how they feel more like themselves when they’re enduring darker moments in their lives. We all eventually become molded by our surroundings, and it’s apparent that Brevin Kim have been surrounded by turmoil and distrust. They’re so used to being battle-tested that they’re unsure of how to live their lives otherwise, and it’s gotten to the point where they actually feel more comfortable when things aren’t as easy-going.

As you listen-through Brevin Kim’s collection of music, it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that these two brothers are extremely well-connected with one another. “I Was Happier When I Was Sad” is another testament towards this statement. Sonically speaking, Brevin Kim routinely find a balance that almost always results in wonderful music. As they’ve continued to develop, the lyrical content only seems to be behaving in the same fashion. It isn’t often that a musical group can achieve the type of connectivity that is present within Brevin Kim, which has been something that’s truly helped them stand-out in the Massachusetts music scene. The future is looking brighter than ever for these two brothers, and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for them.

Watch/Listen to “I Was Happier When I Was Sad” below:

Artist: Brevin Kim

Cover Art: Nic Violets

Froze.40 – “No Wait” [Prod. JGONTHEKEYS]

By: Shamus Hill 

Returning to the Graduation Music pages today is the up-tempo trio Froze.40, a group that is consistently responsible for injecting energy straight into the lives of their listeners. This statement proves to be more accurate than ever following their latest release of “No Wait”, which features both SK85! and Giuseppe Love seamlessly flowing over some icy production at the hands of JGONTHEKEYS. Labeled as a member of the Alternative Rock genre, “No Wait” proves to be a stand-out example of how the group is only going to continue to develop their sound as time progresses.

What stood out to me the most upon the first listen to this track is how much SK85! seemed to alter his sound with this release. While he continues to evoke the same feeling of liveliness that he’s always achieved through his vocals, SK85! amps things up to 10 here as he explores a more melodic, tuneful sound on “No Wait”. Coming in to polish off this record is Giuseppe Love, whose artistry has grown on me tremendously. He’s routinely successful in concocting vocals that contain high levels of feeling and energy — a defining characteristic which has made a vast majority of Froze.40’s releases straight-up addicting to listen to.

The trio has promised to release even more high-caliber music in the coming future, so listeners will have to throw “No Wait” into their rotation until that moment arises. If this is the first time you’re hearing about the group, I highly recommend listening to their track “Ride” which, much like “No Wait”, is an uplifting banger that you’ll find stuck in your head for days to come. Major props to SK85!, Giuseppe Love, and JGONTHEKEYS for their willingness to both hustle and experiment with their sound. Their work ethic is most certainly not going unnoticed.

Stream Froze.40’s latest offering “No Wait” below:

Nick Gray Speaks on Brand New ‘Bittersweet’ EP

By: Shamus Hill 

This past weekend, Massachusetts’ own Nick Gray released his sophomore project, Bittersweet — an introspective EP that seamlessly balances wonderful sounds and genuine meaning. One of the most outstanding aspects of Nick Gray’s artistry is his innate ability to speak on life experience in a manner that’s borderline addicting to listen to, and while Gray’s entire discography is filled with these profound talking points, his latest effort brings this sentiment one step forward, marking some of his best artistic progression to date. Alongside the main act here, we need to dish out some well-deserved shoutouts to Shame, BBY J, RolexDaytona, 10Fifty, and FlashBeats for their phenomenal work on production throughout Bittersweet. Watching how Gray’s sound has developed with time has been an absolute privilege to see, and it’s safe to say that Nick Gray is only going to continue to blossom in the future.

To honor the occasion, I took a few moments to speak with Nick about the meaning behind the Bittersweet EP, and some of what he’s learned throughout his tenure as an artist. Read all about it down below:


What is the meaning behind naming this project Bittersweet?

I’ve noticed you can’t have all good without something going bad. Putting time into one thing means less time for another. It’s sweet for the thing you’re putting time into but, bitter for the other. And that’s what I’ve been feeling lately. It’s life I guess.

Money appears to be a large portion of your motivation on Bittersweet, but what else drives you to be the artist/person that you are? 

Emotion. Seeing things get done. Seeing people be affected by things I do for a positive outcome. I wanna take care of people. It’s just who I am as a person. A provider. I’m selfish for my side. Deeper down though, maybe it’s a flaw, but I want to feel of value. That I have worth. I think it’s a general human thing to feel like that. But, I guess the things I do are because I’m trying to appease that feeling.

Prior to the start of working on this EP, what did you want your listeners to take-away from this body of work? Did it pan out as you had hoped? 

I just wanted to give people stuff I like listening too. Stuff I enjoy making. The stuff I make stems from emotion, even if it is just about money or hustling. I also wanted to put some deeper personal stuff in it. It’s tucked away behind the metaphors but if you can break through them you’ll see who I am. I’m hyped on the outcome. All the tracks hit exactly how I wanted.

Despite the use of an array of producers on this project, you still managed to achieve a formidable sound that develops throughout the entirety of this project. What were you looking for in terms of production on this project? 

I don’t really ever have an overall whole sound I’m thinking of. I just listen to beats and if they hit I make a song. Once I get enough songs that hit on sort of the same wave, I see how I can put them together. I like emotional slaps hahaha. I like bangers and stuff I can get introspective on. I think this project has a little of everything.

How has Massachusetts/Boston helped to mold you into the being that you currently are?

I grew up in MA my whole life. In the cold ass winter. Having to work outside, then moving to the city and learning how to navigate the underworlds and inner workings of it. It’s made me appreciate some things I’d taken for granted and also showed me sides of human nature I hadn’t previously seen. I think it’s turning me into exactly who I want to be.

You’ve been making high-quality music for a very lengthy period of time now. If you could give a single piece of advice to younger artists, what would that be? 

Don’t try to do everything yourself. Find what you’re good at and get better at it. Everything costs money in this world and making your music into a finished product is no different. If you truly believe in yourself, you’ll invest in yourself.

Stream Nick Gray’s Bittersweet EP below:

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Major Baby ft. Big Baby Scumbag – “Stereotypes” (Prod. Lil Rich)

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: