Connis – “Ditch the Function” + “Planets”

By: Shamus Hill

With a mere two weeks being left in the month of August, the realization that the Summer is essentially on its way out has become apparent for many. To help compliment the softened sensation that often comes paired with this time of year is Connis, who recently recruited Lord Felix, Notebook P, Ricky Sour, and Rilla Force for the delivery of two new tracks titled “Ditch the Function” and “Planets”.

“Ditch the Function” serves as an ode to introverts from all walks of life. Both Connis and Lord Felix have proven to be two of the most advantageous artists out of the Bay State in 2019, and the pair continue down this route as they bounce off of one another with true grace on this release. Connis makes use of his verse to relay some messages surrounding both being alone and working on oneself. He’s not afraid to speak on what it took for him to reach this current point in his life — something that has ultimately attracted a large flock of fans toward Connis’ direction. Brockton’s Lord Felix helps build atop Connis’ verse by reinforcing both the development of a secure temperament and the abandonment of remorsefulness. Nobody is perfect, but it’s the combination of holding one’s head up high and learning from mistakes that Connis and Lord Felix want listeners to know and understand. Ricky Sour, who was in charge of the production on “Ditch the Function”, has had a long history working alongside Connis — with the sonic chemistry exchanged between the duo being one of my favorite aspects of this track.

“Planets” is the second single that Connis released, which features Randolph’s Notebook P on the hook and Rilla Force on production. I was beyond enthusiastic upon seeing that these three talents had finally joined forces, yet still surprised as to how wonderful the output ended up being. Much like many of the verses included on Connis’ debut album, Conn(is), that dropped earlier this year, the Cambridge native continues to rap with a relentless energy. Each line holds a vast amount of weight as the listener is quite literally kept on the edge of their seat throughout the entirety of the listen. In a truly intergalactic fashion, Rilla Force’s usage of synth-rooted 808s help make this instrumental sound like something that’s out of this world, which assists Connis in delivering his thoughts in an unparalleled fashion.

If you still haven’t found yourself within the depths of Connis’ discography up through this point in time, then there’s no better moment than now to begin that journey. Take some time out of your day today and dedicate it towards some of our area’s most refined talents.

Listen to both “Ditch the Function” and “Planets” below:

Gogo. – “Sauced.” (Prod. Rilla Force)

By: Shamus Hill

In order to properly celebrate his birthday today, Gogo. just unleashed an intoxicating single titled “Sauced.”.

As mentioned during our coverage of soap.wav’s “Did It Again”, Cambridge has quickly become an important hotbed for music within the state of Massachusetts. Gogo. is one of the artists from Cambridge that’s been working tirelessly to maintain his city’s notoriety. Possessing a catalog of music full of alluring bops that take influence from a wide variety of genres, “Sauced.” is only the most recent addition to Gogo.’s already powerful discography.

Rilla Force, who was recently featured on Jymmy Kafka’s “Still There”, showcases exactly why he’s one of the most recruited producers in Massachusetts on this release. The electronic, dancehall-rooted instrumental suits perfectly on Gogo., who makes use of “Sauced.” to exhibit his braggadocios, confident state of mind. He’s more than aware of his talents, and is determined to make 2019 the year that everyone knows exactly who he is.

Listen to “Sauced.” below:

Jymmy Kafka ft. Maka – “Still There” (Prod. Rilla Force)

By: Shamus Hill

Framingham’s Jymmy Kafka makes his debut onto the Graduation Music site today with a heartfelt anthem titled “Still There”. Categorized as “villainous gospel” by the young rapper, this release is one of the most potent within his musical catalog — which already contains a vast amount of depth as is.

“Still There” circulates around the desire to know who’s really in your corner through thick and thin. All parties that had a hand in the making of this track have been grinding relentlessly towards the fulfillment of their dreams, yet long for the ability to be able to share their successes with someone else. Something that many creatives throughout the world experience on a daily basis, “Still There” is a reminder that you’re not alone.

“Said at the end of the night, don’t wanna walk alone // who is still standing? who is still there?”

Maka – “Still There”

Featured on this release is Maka, who’s feel-good vocals add an additional layer of life to this song that generates an incredible amount of replay value. Known for a more island-rooted sound, this release serves as a wondrous switch-up in his typical style. Rilla Force was the man in charge of production here, and once again showcases why he’s one of the go-to producers within the state of Massachusetts. All-in-all this release is simply unflawed, so direct your full attention towards Jymmy Kafka as he’s poised to gain some real traction in MA this year.

Listen to “Still There” below:

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TeaMarrr – “Bent Hella” [Prod. Rilla Force]

By: Seamus Fay

One of the best feelings when listening to music is when you hear a new artist and you just know – know that what you’re hearing is not only special, but strikes a chord in you and is undoubtedly something that you’re going to end up telling all of your friends about. Such is the case with TeaMarrr. We have covered a few of her releases on Graduation Music before, but if you weren’t already familiar, then this is an incredibly talented singer that you need to have on your radar. Today, she joins our pages with the warm-weathered anthem, “Bent Hella”.

Laced with soulful, relaxed production from Rilla Force and soft keys to keep everything smoothed over, this track is an instant transportation into the summer no matter where you are or what your situation may be. TeaMarrr’s vocals seemingly float over the instrumental, and by blessing listeners with the alluring effects of her personality on the mic, there’s no doubt that this song is the summer tune that we all needed in our lives. I could go on about this one all day, but I’ll leave it up to you to enjoy for yourself.

Listen to “Bent Hella” at the link below: