Pistola – “Sellin’ Dreams” (Prod. Henrich)

By: Shamus Hill

When it comes to crafting one’s own sound, there aren’t many artists within the state of Massachusetts — or elsewhere for that matter — that can compete with Pistola. The Boston rapper’s latest single “Sellin’ Dreams” certainly helps to reinforce this statement, as Pistola delivers yet another undeniable track for his listeners.

Known mostly for his past singles “Swang” and “P.I.S.T.O.L.A.”, Pistola is no stranger when it comes to the Massachusetts music community. He’s never been one to shy away from experimenting within his catalog of music, something that’s ultimately been a key factor in his overall development as an artist. Utilizing a sound like feels almost intergalactic, time and time again Pistola manages to float on each instrumental that crosses his path with ease. In my eyes, he’s been making his best music as of late, with both “Sellin’ Dreams” and “Disstracktoeverybodyidontlike” being living proof that Pistola is more determined than ever to make exceptional music.

Listen to “Sellin’ Dreams” below:

“NECK & THAT” – Pistola + Froze.40 (Prod. JORD4NEVERDIED + BROKECH1C)

By: Shamus Hill

Both Pistola and Froze.40 are names that have been circulated around the Graduation Music site a large number of times over the course of the last few years. With that being said, we’re thrilled to present the first collaboration between Pistola and Froze.40, a rollercoaster-ride of a song titled “NECK & THAT”.

Building off of the rollercoaster reference, it’s quite literally what listening to this song feels like. Pistola grabs ahold of the hard-hitting JORD4NEVERDIED + BROKECH1C production first, making his presence felt through an addictive, bouncy chorus that’s quickly followed up by SK85!. He helps build the energy until Giuseppe Luv’s explosive verse begins. Froze.40’s tenacious energy has always been an important component of their discography, but the feel provided by this release is unlike any other. No exaggeration, Giuseppe Luv went Super Saiyan on “NECK & THAT”, helping to cement this track as one of the most potent releases out of Boston thus far in 2019.

HUGE props to both JORD4NEVERDIED and BROKECH1C who joined forces to chop up this thunderous instrumental. Their work truly allowed for Pistola, SK85!, and Giuseppe Luv to put their artistry on full display, making “NECK & THAT” the incredible track that it is.

Listen to “Neck & That” 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

JGONTHEKEYS – ‘PLANET JG!’ [Mixtape]

By: Seamus Fay

Playing a crucial role behind the boards and bringing so many artists’ sounds to life, JGONTHEKEYS is, and has been for some time now, an essential figure in the development of Boston’s music scene. His work boasts collaborations between a number of the city’s finest talents, and always known to snap on any project he embarks on, JG is here to bring this prowess full circle today with a compilation tape, PLANET JG!. As noted by the title, this project brings names including Connis, Giuseppe Love, Donald Grunge, Pistola, SK85!, Trismuh, DK, BROKECH1C, and Pe$o Boii into an entirely new world of sound and sonic direction, all of which is orchestrated at the skillful hands of JGONTHEKEYS.

8 tracks long and allowing for introductions to so many of Massachusetts’ best-kept secrets, JG’s latest marks a defining moment of community for Boston’s music scene, and it surely presents the city’s talent in the best light possible. By taking matters into his own hands, this hitmaking producer is working toward the progression and embracement of local talent one heater at a time, tightening up the loose ends and maximizing the potential of every artist he works with. Needless to say, PLANET JG! is something special; beyond himself, he really did his thing in bringing up those around him with this one, and for that, we have to appreciate his success.

Stream the new project at the link below!

Additional Production by @prodchristophr @KorHefBeatz @lilzooooom

Pistola – “Coupes N’ Boof” [Prod. Donald Grunge]

By: Seamus Fay

Over the past few years in Boston, we’ve seen a number of rising talents take the spotlight and put on for the city, but few have done it in a way as unique and special as Pistola. Crafting numerous cult classics in the city as well as turning heads all over the world with songs like “P.I.S.T.O.L.A.” and “Swang” (which eventually received the remix treatment alongside DRAM), Stola has managed to make some serious waves in his career, and today, he is sure to keep this going. While we haven’t heard from the rising star in a minute, he’s back and better than ever with a brand new song, “Coupes N’ Boof”.

Produced by Donald Grunge (who has been killing it on the boards as of late, by the way), this offering makes its presence known as an absolute banger right off the bat, featuring one of the hardest beats that I’ve heard all year long. The bass clashes with Stola’s galvanizing deliveries in a way that yields nothing but energy, and the lyrics are kept simple so that this song can easily live up to its full potential and shut down venues, one after another. “Coupes N’ Boof” is as hard as it gets, letting us all know that Pistola is picking up right where he left off.

Don’t sleep, listen at the link below and follow Pistola’s new SoundCloud here!

Pistola – “Degassi” ft. AGOFF [Prod. Shmack]

By: Seamus Fay

Pistola is, without a doubt, one of the waviest artists in Boston. His effortless style embodies a remarkably laid-back, compelling personality, and one song after another, Stola has shown us why he might just be the next artist to blow up out of the city. Today, we see star-potential in the form of a smooth new single entitled “Degassi” alongside none other than AGOFF – a collaboration that although I didn’t see coming, I’m very grateful that we’ve received. And trust me, these two have a hit on their hands.

Backed by ethereal production courtesy of Shmack, “Degassi” never gets ahead of itself. As Stola has been known to do, each line is delivered slow and steady, maximizing the quotable power of the bars at hand in order to make for an undeniable anthem. AGOFF feeds off of this energy with his own stellar verse, as both artists describe their lifestyles in a way that any listener can latch onto with ease. This track deserves to be the soundtrack to the summer, so be sure not to sleep.

Stream “Degassi” in all of its wavy glory at the link below!

Pistola – “5th N’ Heaven”

By: Seamus Fay

Pistola has had fans on the edges of their seats awaiting new music in the past few months, and in order to hold us all over until the release of his forthcoming mixtape, the Boston talent is here to bless us with a new track, “5th N’ Heaven”. Taking into account the unstoppable momentum that Stola has garnered recently, this song arrives at just the right time, giving fans yet another undeniable banger to rage to. Also featuring production from David Walker, “5th N’ Heaven” acts as a testament to the producer-artist chemistry that the two have grown in all of their collaborations – an inimitable relationship grown through pure authenticity.

That being said, what struck me hardest when first listening to this song was the way the melodies come in with such burgeoning force. Each kick of the drum is a chilling, powerful display of the full court press that Stola is running, and one line after another, this song marks itself as the audio version of the most intense mosh pit you’ve ever experienced. Crafting bangers seems like an effortless task for this rising star – especially when paired with David Walker – and “5th N’ Heaven” only adds to this legendary run of heat that Pistola is on right now. Oh, and remember, this song isn’t even on the tape. I think that tells you something about how incredible this project is about to be.

Show some love and click play on the new hit at the link below:

Mix / Master: @bradfeeney-prod
Artwork: @hixci