If you’ve been paying attention to the Massachusetts music scene in even the slightest bit this year, you’ll note the narrative surrounding the fact that Brockton has swiftly become the Bay State’s powerhouse with respect to the production of high-caliber music. Seemingly every week some new sounds manage to escape the grasp of the city’s young, prominent artists, and today Premo, Saint Lyor, and Lord Felix are here to add some more flavor into the mix.
“How We Get Here” serves as Premo’s first release in more than 7 months, however this statement doesn’t do justice to the amount of work the Brockton native has been putting in over the course of the year. Working diligently alongside Bodega as a model, Premo is one of the few artists from Massachusetts that has successfully trekked multiple lanes of local art. Much like his eclectic fashion sense, Premo’s ability to piece a song together can be characterized as both innovative and diverse. Similar to both Saint Lyor and Lord Felix, Premo possesses an innate ability to flow meticulously whilst maintaining lyrical formidability throughout — which is something that has ultimately made his discography wonderfully thorough.
Circulating around what it took for these artists to rise into the positions that they’re currently in, “How We Get Here” serves as a reminder for us all to put out heads down and keep working no matter what. In the cases of Premo, Saint Lyor, and Lord Felix — this is exactly what they’ve done to reach the level of artistic mastery that they currently possess. Complete with both beautiful sonic elements and thoughtful purpose, “How We Get Here” is one of the Graduation Music staff’s favorite drops up through this point in the year.
In my two years writing for Graduation Music, Brockton has always held it down on the music side of things. Not only is the raw talent already there, but the work ethic and dedication toward growth is also hyper-apparent, leading to some incredibly promising developments from several native acts — one of which is Saint Lyor. While we haven’t heard new music from Lyor in a minute now, today, he’s here to break the silence with a new song named “Crawl”. And if there’s anything that will show that Lyor is back and better than ever, it has to be this one.
Produced by Kiefer, “Crawl” is one of the most refreshing offerings that I’ve heard out of Massachusetts all year. Saint Lyor raps with a profound clarity, letting out true-to-self lines that maintain a strong, soulful presence throughout the song’s entire duration. Adding fuel to the fire, the jazzy instrumentation is gorgeous in every way, and if anything, “Crawl” should remind you why Brockton is home to numerous up-next artists. Saint Lyor is helping to lead the pack by setting a high bar for quality, so be sure to get hip by clicking play on his latest at the link provided below!
There no longer exists any sort of debate on the topic – Saint Lyor is one of Brockton’s best talents. Song after song, this rising talent has continually impressed listeners with his monstrous presence on the mic, so much so to the point where you can’t help but ignore the strides he’s making towards the top right now. Every bar, every word, and every syllable is put together with a near surgical precision, and in such a way, Saint Lyor refuses to be stopped. Today, he joins our pages yet again with a brand new single entitled “James 1:20”.
Produced by RO$$ this slow-burning offering lets loose in a fashion that maximizes the effect of Lyor’s vocals. The soulful keys take a backseat to such ambitious lyricism, and from the first second to the last, listeners receive a dense look into the mind of such a propitious young artist. “James 1:20” might just be one of the finest singles to come from Saint Lyor as of yet, so make sure you don’t sleep on this charismatic piece of art. Brockton’s got a star on its hands.
Click play on the latest from Saint Lyor at the link below!
It comes as no surprise that Brockton is a hotbed of talent right now, filled to the brim with a number of standout acts that will undoubtedly be taking their careers to new heights as 2018 moves on. Among these artists are Marvelous Stefan, Saint Lyor, and Isaiah Valmont – three Graduation Music frequent flyers and inarguably three of Brockton’s finest talents out at the moment. Hearing them come together on a track would be nothing less than a privilege, and today, they’re here to bring that dream to life with a new single entitled “On My Side”, premiering via the Graduation Music SoundCloud.
Right off of the bat, this song proclaims both pace and energy, as Lyor and Stefan bounce off of another’s flows, going back and forth between smooth vocals and quick shipments of rap. By creating this stark contrast early on, the two are able to compliment Valmont’s hypnotic production and the burgeoning force of the drums – two elements that define the very essence of “On My Side” at its finest. With all of these features perfected to a common point of chemistry, it’s important to note that the lyrical content of the song decides who’s on Stefan and Lyor’s side, who’s pocket watching, and everything in between. They’re here to claim the top spots in MA rap, and no one is about to get in their way.
First, Brockton is a hotbed of budding talent and there’s no denying at this point. Second, Saint Lyor and Jerm Sherman together is a guaranteed banger whenever they join forces on a song. Both of these elements that help define Saint Lyor are on full display in his new single, “Zombie!”, and in every aspect of this track, it’s a release that you won’t want to miss out on. Saint Lyor knows his talent and he recognizes the excitement behind his career with “Zombie!” to act as confirmation.
As mentioned previously, this loose offering takes to production from Jerm Sherman, utilizing an atmospheric background as Lyor strikes right through its center with confident charisma. Hearing these two elements come together in such a contrasted light is certainly something special, and it only follows that Saint Lyor’s artistry is becoming increasingly polished with each successive release. Brockton’s stocks are rising, and so are his, at a rapid rate.
That being said, be sure to give “Zombie!” a listen at the link below:
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:
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