Weekly Discovery: BEAR1BOSS

By: Shamus Hill

The Graduation Music staff is thrilled to present our latest Weekly Discovery article featuring Atlanta’s Bear1Boss. Mass Music’s Kriss Krosse first hipped us to the rapper’s invigorating single “Avatar” a couple of months back, and from there he’s only solidified his musical catalog with a variety of endlessly-playable tracks. Making a name for himself through his unpredictable, exhilarating sound — Bear1Boss, simply put, is the future of rap music in Atlanta. Check out our interview with the rising start below:


BEGINNINGS


To start, who are you and where are you from? 

My name is Bear1Boss and I’m from Bouldercrest Road in East Atlanta Zone 6.

What was your childhood experience like?

I grew up with my grandmother the only boy of 3 — the baby. We lived off of her social security check. 

What were some of your early interests in life? 

Music, dance, basketball and dirt bikes 

What kind(s) of music did you grow up listening to? Who are some of your favorite artists? 

I grew up on Hip-Hop, Pop, and Alternative Rock. Some of my favorite artists right now are Skooly, Thug, Future, Lil Uzi, YNW Melly

How and when did you start making music of your own? 

I started in the 5th Grade with Protools 


ATLANTA


What are some of your first memories attached to the music scene in Atlanta? 

Being in the studio with Casino and Young Scooter 

Your discography is full of Atlanta talent, ranging from artists with international recognition all the way down to the artists that are just starting out. From a personal standpoint, why is it important to work with the artists in your hometown? 

It’s important because you need to make sure you stick to your roots.

Key is one of the more notable artists hailing from Atlanta, and three months ago the two of you linked up on “Too Serious”. How did this relationship form? 

I met him at Fani shop and then I met him again with with one of my Managers, Brave. We were at a bar and he fell in love with me.

Which artists from Atlanta have influenced you the most? 

Skooly and Key


DISCOGRAPHY


How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?

“I’m a motherfucking rock star!”

Which one of your tracks is your personal favorite? 

“Soundcloud Rapper”

What was the inspiration behind the making of “Avatar”? 

I was trying to give a feature to my little cousin 

Everything about your catalog of music — especially your delivery and ab-libbing — is highly unique. How has your musical style developed since you began making music? What went into this process? 

It’s just something that came out of me. It’s a part of me. I call it “Hotsauce”. 

What’s the studio environment like? Who do you typically make music with? 

I work out of either Street Execs or 14golds’ Studio with World General and myself. 

How did you and 14golds meet one another?

I did an open mic contest and he was the DJ 

What do you want your listeners to take away from your music? 

I want them to feel close to me. Like they can “party” with me. 


FUTURE


What’s next for Bear1Boss? 

More visuals and unexpected singles + projects

If you could make music with anyone this year, who would it be? 

Andre 3000

What is your goal for 2019? 

Perform at Rolling Loud, Coachella, and other large festivals


Listen to our hand-picked playlist of Bear1Boss’ music below:

WEEKLY DISCOVERY: BEAR1BOSS SOUNDCLOUD PLAYLIST LINK

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Weekly Discovery: SC.undercover

By: Shamus Hill

Our latest Weekly Discovery article focuses on England’s SC.undercover, a highly-versatile R&B artist who’s discography centers itself around the many sides of love. We spoke with him about his life and musical career. Check it out below:


Who are you and where are you from?

I’m an R&B artist originally from a small town in England called Walsall

When did you begin making music?

I have always been musically inclined, but I only started writing heavily and creating music seriously in my mid-teens

Who were some of your early influences in life, both musically and non-musically speaking?

Musically, I have always taken influence from Prince because of the level of musicianship he possessed along with his dedication towards his craft.

In life, I am most inspired by those who come from nothing and become something.

How would you describe your music? 

I would describe my music as a reflection of life that is created with the intention of providing both relatability and entertainment

Which release of yours is your personal favorite?

“Broke and Sober” holds a special place in my catalog of releases because I wrote it over a two-year period, and it was the first song that initiated my career.

What do you want listeners to get from your music?

As long as my fans take something away from listening to me then that is what matters most to me.

What can we expect to come in 2019?

 2019: I hope the world will know my name and music

Listen to SC.undercover below:

SC.undercover — Spotify/Apple Music

Weekly Discovery: Mosa

By: Jake O’Brien

The transformation of Boston, Massachusetts into a hub of musical culture has given local media outlets a plethora of skilled lyricists, dedicated rappers, and impressive vocalists to both write about and enjoy. As the city continues to flourish, the appreciation for the artists present within the local scene has soared to new heights.

One relatively new artist from the city that has been doing his best to push the 617 area code forward is Mosa. This Boston-bred artist has kept his foot on the gas for the majority of his life, and has been on a continuous pursuit towards evolution within his discography. In a recent conversation with Graduation Music, Mosa revealed that his attraction to music began when he was very young. At just 9 years old, he started to write verses and experiment with rhymes. With time, Mosa explained, his love for music only grew stronger, which eventually led to him recording his first track at the age of 14. Mosa began to develop an ambitious mindset towards music at a very early stage in his life, and it truly helped to shape the career that he’s in possession of today. Some of his past achievements include opening for both PNB Rock and ABoogie, growing a devoted fan base via social media, and receiving countless cosigns from many of Massachusetts’ most talented artists.

In 2018, his main focus circulated around feeding his audience a consistent stream of high quality singles, while intentionally straying away from features. By remaining relatively independent, Mosa created a solid foundation for himself, and thus attracted more exposure to his music. One single that truly kick-started his success was a song titled “Adrenaline”. This track was released by Mosa in the Summer of 2018, and is a perfect example of the versatility he provides as an artist. The mellow production style of the  “Adrenaline” beat presents Mosa with an opportunity to deliver laid-back bars and speak honestly to his listeners. The hook of the track is incredibly catchy, and assists in showcasing the vocal capabilities Mosa has present within his musical arsenal. The content of this chorus is mainly focused on the many different realizations that Mosa has arrived at in life, specifically regarding both his work ethic and the fact that he can never imagine himself becoming “irrelevant”. In each of the verses on “Adrenaline”, Mosa uses soft vocals to thoughtfully spit bars which cover various subjects.

For many of our followers, this article is less of introduction to Mosa, and more of a reminder of how skilled he really is. It’s only right that we show our respect to such an extremely talented musician out of Boston. Some things that we can expect to see from Mosa this year include the release of his debut album, as well as the sale of personal merchandise.

Be sure to check out “Adrenaline” and some of Mosa’s other tracks below. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Weekly Discovery, and we’ll see you again next week!

Weekly Discovery: Noah Bentley

By: Shamus Hill

Los Angeles’ Noah Bentley is the latest artist to be featured on Graduation Music’s Weekly Discovery series, and the 18-year-old is here to gift you some wonderful, positive energy for the remainder of your summer. Compact full of love trials, transitioning out of adolescence, and aspirations towards a joyous future, Noah’s discography possesses depth to say the least. I spoke with Noah Bentley about the effect Los Angeles has had on him, his roots, and what influences his art. Read the interview below:

Where are you from, and for how long now have you been making music seriously?

I’m from LA. I was born in the valley and have been living here since. I’ve been seriously making music for a little over 2 years. I used to mix and master for the first year and a half, but I always knew I could make good music. One day I just recorded myself, and from there I started making my own music as Noah Bentley.



How does the LA area affect your music?

Both LA and the valley are such a melting pot of cultures, but the valley is in the middle of all of LA’s popular landmarks. You drive for 30 minutes in one direction and you’ll end up at the beach, or Hollywood. You drive a little longer and you’ll run into DTLA. This has opened my eyes to a variety of different lifestyles, and has helped me experience a lot of interesting events, which I turn into storytelling through my music.

In three words, how would you describe your music?

Soundtrack to life.

Is it just you, or do you work with a team of people?

I work my team Potluck. We’re a hip-hop collective and record label located in LA. Our team has producers, videographers, managers, and designers. Each member of the team brings a unique skill set fourth, and we’re all working under the mantra:

Everybody Cooks, Everybody Eats.

The entirety of your music catalog features production at the hands of JustBeatz. Can you speak on the relationship you two have, as well as what it is in particular about his production that makes you work with him exclusively?

JUSTBEATZ! That’s my boy, we went to middle school together and hung at school, but rarely out of school. We didn’t really get close until I recognized him doing his thing in music and producing for different artists. That was around the time where I was mixing and mastering an album for one of my team members Hundo (instagram: @hundo.ptlk), and I reached out to JustBeatz because I liked what he was putting out. From there we became real tight and were always working together. These days, I’m ALWAYS in the studio with JustBeatz either making beats, or making new songs for myself. We have a great work flow, which is the one of the main reasons he has exclusively produced my discography.



Listening through your music for the first time, it’s easy to note the vibrant, overarching feeling of joy that’s prevalent with each track. What would you like listeners to takeaway from your collection of music?

Aside from my hearing a story from my life and making folks dance, I want my listeners to hear my music and be inspired to go be great at something, and work their hardest at whatever their craft may be.

If you could collaborate with any two people on a song, who would you choose?

I would pick Marvin Gaye (RIP) and Vince Staples.

Who inspires you?

In a non-musical sense, I’m really inspired by Sheck Wes. Anytime I see his face on social media it makes me get up and work. He’s one of the few artists I’ve watched blow up, so every time I see him winning, it’s a reminder to continue working as hard as I can.

Outside of music, what are some of your interests?

I love being in nature, untouched nature always inspires me in a way that nothing else does

What can fans expect next from Noah Bentley?

Oooh can’t say too much, but expect to see your granny dance when she hears this new music



Listen to Noah Bentley’s music below:

https://soundcloud.com/shamus-hill/sets/weekly-discovery-noah-bentley/s-mtTQp

Weekly Discovery: ace.

By: Shamus Hill 

Every now and then, you stumble upon a gem in the crowd of an artist that possesses a phenomenal catalog of music. It didn’t take much time at all for me to realize that ace. was that artist. Since getting put onto his hit single “Big Fact” and subsequently diving into the remainder of his discography, there hasn’t been any turning back.

That being said, Graduation Music is proud to present an interview with ace., discussing his entrance to music, some of his influences/interests outside of music, and an announcement that he’s dropping a short project on April 13th (a week from this upcoming Friday). With his recent string of exceptional records, ace. is here to prove why NYC is still a major playmaker in the rap game, so be sure to read about him below:


How old are you, and where are you from? 

I’m 20 years old, out of Queens, NY.

For how long now have you been releasing music?

I started recording music in the 9th grade, so like six years now. I started off recording songs myself on Garageband, using the built-in microphone on my laptop. I would say I started taking music more seriously when I bought an actual microphone about 4 years ago.

If you could describe your music in your own words, how would you do so?

That’s always been difficult for me, finding a way to label it. I’ve had conversations with my manager about it, just so we could kind of know who we’re marketing to. But yeah, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to label it because it’s so varied. Really, I’ll make whatever conveys what I’m feeling. I’d probably release a deep, house track if it’s what I felt at that moment.

Which of your tracks would you list as your favorite thus far?

It’s definitely hard for me to pick just one, but I’d say two tracks stand out to me. “Big Fact” connected for me instantly. As soon as I had recorded it, I sent it to a few of my friends before releasing it, and I told them, this is the one that people are going to connect with. It’s something I’ve never said about any other song, but I knew with that one immediately. But besides that, “They Whisper” would have to be a personal favorite of mine. It’s my favorite because it’s the most experimental track, sonically, to me, and I had wanted to do an Alternative-Rock-influenced track for a while. I wrote and recorded that song while watching the Blair Witch Project with the sound off, because that’s the image that came to mind when I heard that beat.

Looking through your discography, I’ve noticed that the majority of your music falls under the Hip-Hop/Rap genre, however you do have two Alternative-Rock tracks under your belt. Do you see your sound remaining within these categories in the future, or do you plan on exploring new genres as time progresses?

Honestly, like I said, I don’t know if those labels accurately represent the music I’ve made either. I feel like very few songs I make would be traditional to any genre. But I’d say yeah, I’ll always be expanding my range musically. That’s the fun part about making my own music, I can take from all the different sounds I love and put them together.

Who are some of your influences, both musically and personally?

I’m influenced by A LOT of people, but if I had to narrow it down, I’d probably say Kanye West and Childish Gambino are two of my biggest influences. Beyond just musically-speaking though. I feel like I can relate to those two especially, just based on the way their minds work. They’re true creatives to me. True creatives because they see no boundaries in their creativity. Even when making music, to them it’s about more than just the music. The process doesn’t end for them when an album’s finished, they have a complete vision. From art to tour designs, merchandise, etc.

Another big influence I’ll never forget to mention is the entire A$AP Mob, they influenced all the people around me in every way. Plus, they came out of NY doing it.

What’s the music scene like in Queens? Is there anyone from your area that people should really be listening to? 

The music scene is bubbling, and not just in Queens, but New York in general. I feel like New York has a chip on its shoulder after years of being disregarded in Hip-Hop, while places like Atlanta thrive. It’s definitely a movement coming though, we can thank A$AP Mob for paving the way for us. They dont get the credit they deserve, especially Rocky as far as being a NY artist. I feel like his name is never mentioned when people debate over who’s the hottest NY has had to offer over the last few years. He’s the one without question. He’s a megastar and he’s from Harlem. As far as up-and-comers from NY, I see a lot of talent in the people around me. Friends, people I’m working with currently. Zoe Cartier, Adamaneven (Angelnumber 8, Lotto, Justine, Slakapat), Sensei Idai, Tommy Revenge. Soundcloud any of those names, I promise you’ll find something new you’ll love.

“When I was a freshman in high school we all wanted Pyrex shorts, now Virgil’s working at Louis Vuitton. That’s the type of shit that really inspires me. Growth and process. Everyone has their own process.”

What are you into besides music?

Everything. I really believe in that true creative concept, and I have ideas for just about everything. Somewhere on the internet there’s a Donda chart that Kanye drew up with different fields he wanted to impact using Donda. I’ll probably draw up my own (just as long) soon. One of the main things I want to get into in the future though is writing, specifically screenwriting. TV Shows & Movies, I have well drawn out ideas for both already. I believe it’ll all come together when it’s supposed to, don’t be surprised if you see one of my ideas as a Netflix-original one day.

Fashion is mentioned throughout your music, which leads me to ask, how much of a role does fashion play in your life, and subsequently the music you put out to the world? 

Fashion is definitely a big influence, but I’m not the fashion guy in my collective of creative friends. Marvin (@m6rvin on social) is really the fashion guy, and he’s already working on his own thing, with a foot in the fashion industry. I’d say all of us are fashion-forward, but if I’m in 2020 with it, he’s definitely in the year 3000.  A few of my biggest influences I didn’t really mention come from the fashion world. When I was a freshman in high school we all wanted Pyrex shorts, now Virgil’s working at Louis Vuitton. That’s the type of shit that really inspires me, growth and process. Everyone has their own process.

What can we expect next from ace. ?

Next for me is more music and more music. Really I’m just getting started. Currently, I’m working on a short project that I plan on dropping April 13th. I haven’t officially announced that anywhere yet, but yeah that’s what I’m working on. I hope to have a few friends on there, and they will definitely be people you should be looking out for too.


Connect with ace. on: 

SoundCloud

Twitter

Instagram 

Weekly Discovery: FLEE

By: Seamus Fay

In today’s world of music, there tends to be a high value placed on constant output, often times leaving the art of consistency in the dust as artists unknowingly chase the short road of quantity over quality. One artist, however, separating himself within a sea of burgeoning talents, that seems to have found the perfect marriage between quality and quantity is Queens native Flee.

Song after song, project after project, the endless stream of work that fans receive never compromises quality, and with the inimitably infectious flows and hilarious, captivating wordplay that Flee brings to the table, we’re ready to watch him on his rapid ascent to the top in 2018.

That being said, Graduation Music is proud to present an interview we conducted with the NYC representative, marking the very first installment of our new weekly discovery series. Read the conversation below.


Flee! Where are you from? What was your childhood like?

I’m from Hollis, Queens, born and raised. My childhood was pretty normal and I grew up with 2 parents from Nigeria, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.

How and when did you start making music?

I started really recording in Delaware with my boy HB. I used to go to his crib after school and we would just record all day – that was like 2011. I honestly didn’t start releasing my music seriously until like late 2015.

Where does your inspiration come from when making music?

My inspiration comes from GhostGang, my friends, and most importantly, the situations I went through with females, lmao. Queens has also played a big role in my music because it’s where I’m from. I love Queens, it’s just a part of my blood and I’m going to continue to rep it as long as I rap.

How would you describe your sound and style to someone who has never heard your music?

FLEE.

Describe the perfect date.

Hmm, letting me fuck the first night is pretty lit and perfect to me.

How did you connect with 16yrold? When did you two start making music together?

While me and Xool was making the tape they had a session together so they cooked up the beat for “Rodman”. I used the song for my tape and 16 fucked with it, so ever since then we been cool.

What are your personal favorite songs within your own catalog of music?

No Sense, Wraith Dreams, Repeat, On & Off, Oh Word, YTO3GHOSTGANGSMOKEY… I got a lot of songs I fuck with, I can go for days.

How did you meet Stoopid Xool and how did Flee Going Stoopid come together as a project?

It’s funny cause I actually stole the beat for “Glizzy” off his SoundCloud and I hit him up telling him to fuck with me. He fucked with the song, so from there, he was willing to work. My manager made it happen actually, he flew Xool to NY and that’s how Flee Going Stoopid came about.

We was in the stu nonstop and I would knock out like 3-4 songs a day. Me and Xool got enough songs for 8 more tapes – Flee Going Stoopid was just the beginning.

You tend to work with the same producers for most of your music. What advantages come from establishing chemistry with just a few producers rather than working with a bunch?

I think it’s good to expand later on, but as an upcoming artist, I think it’s better for me to find my sound and stick to what suits me and what production I excel at. I eventually wanna expand and work with bigger names, but for right now, I’m cool with just working with Roca Beats, StoopidXool, Cash Cobain, and a few others.

Lastly, what can fans expect from Flee for the rest of 2018?

MORE FLEE!


Connect with Flee on:

SoundCloud

Instagram

Twitter