NSL – “Smooth Boy” [Prod. Mike Hector]

By: Seamus Fay

Graduation Music always takes pride in discovering brand new artists that we haven’t covered before, and today, we have a real treat as we introduce an artist going by the name NSL to our pages. Hailing from Boston, this rising talent is certainly a gem that deserves to be discovered, showcasing his widely ranging skillset and lyrical prowess on his brand new, Mike Hector-produced joint, “Smooth Boy”. And trust me, if you were looking for a hustle-minded anthem to soundtrack the summer, look no further than this song.

What makes “Smooth Boy” so special is just how vivid NSL paints his lifestyle within the lyrics. No details are left out, and from the motivation behind hustling to the graphic situations that hustling brings to fruition, this track is a display of honesty and storytelling in its rawest state. Aside from the lyrics, however, it is also important to mention the fact that NSL was set up to win with stellar production from none other than Mike Hector. The key-led, hard-hitting beat provides the perfect atmosphere for a tale of determination, and that’s just what fans receive with “Smooth Boy”.

Listen to the latest from NSL at the link below!

Pistola – “Fiji” [Prod. Mike Hector]

By: Seamus Fay

Throughout the past few weeks, Pistola has been making his city proud (as always) with the widespread success of his single, “P.I.S.T.O.L.A.”, premiered via ELEVATOR. Now with over 500k views and an incredible amount of love being shown to the young artist’s nonchalant yet hard-hitting style, Stola is back yet again with another hit to prepare us for his forthcoming debut project. Today, he hits Graduation Music with the Mike Hector produced banger, “Fiji”, and it may just be one of my personal favorite tracks of his to date.

For starters, we should make it clear that Mike Hector was the perfect producer to hop on the boards for this one. Previously residing in Boston but now based in LA, Hector has rapidly built up his beat portfolio with credits on a number of well-known songs, the most notable being Kendrick Lamar’s “GOD” off of DAMN. Taking this unmatched style and creating an airy, melodic atmosphere for Stola to float through, “Fiji” watches the acclaimed producer declare his versatility in an incredibly impressive way.

This track is a perfect example of the potential that Pistola has, and with the hot streak that he has been on throughout the past few months, I feel confident in saying that the Boston native’s debut project is about to be something truly special. His seamless style fits with perfect precision over the sound of this single, making for an anthem to keep on repeat as we watch Pistola continue to rise to the top. “Fiji” is yet another hint of the heat on the way, so be sure to give it a listen below and show some love to what could be the next star out of Boston. All in all, Pistola’s got one.