4oTo Roles – “Too Clean” ft. Tony Bodega [Shot By Calvin Deal]

By: Seamus Fay

Both Tony Bodega and producer 4oTo Roles are frequent flyers here on the Graduation Music website, and quite honestly, it has been incredible to see their collective growth as artists since we first started covering their work. One song at a time, artistry has been refined, lyrics and flows tightened up in Bodega’s case, and as for 4oTo Roles, his beats are only getting better and better with each placement. That said, in a joining of forces that we all needed to hear, 4oTo and Bodega offer us a brand new song and visual offering entitled “Too Clean”.

Shot by Kevin Deal, this music video is the perfect companion for such a smooth song. It captures the feel and sound of “Too Clean” without losing any of its hard-hitting energy in translation, and as a result, viewers receive ample reason as to why they need to get hip to the talents of the two Boston artists as soon as possible. They’re both on their way towards big things, with this music video acting as yet another point of reference on the journey toward the top. So don’t sleep.

Get hip and click play on “Too Clean” at the link below:

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Plad Fine$$e – “Zebra Print” [Prod. 4oTo Roles]

By: Seamus Fay

Considering the widespread success of his self-titled debut mixtape from a few months back, I don’t find it shocking or bold in any way to say that Plad Fine$$e is one of Boston’s most promising representatives right now, ready to take on the music world far beyond his Roxbury origins. He’s done so to an extent, already, and with chilling singles and hard-nosed verses to back the excitement up, Fine$$e doesn’t seem to be slowing down at any point in the near future. Today, the Graduation Music favorite hits our pages once again with a brand new single titled “Zebra Print”.

Produced by frequent collaborator and undeniable hit machine, 4oTo Roles, this track takes Plad’s strengths and puts them on full display, supplying the perfect sonic atmosphere to do so along the way. The unforgiving melodies find themselves running right beside the young talent’s play-no-games lyricism, and in this way, “Zebra Prints” takes off from the first second, never looking back and never letting up the pressure. This release is telling to the vocal style that we have come to know and love Plad Fine$$e for over time, and all in all, “Zebra Print” is yet another reason why he’s got next.

Listen to the latest from the Roxbury native at the link below:

Plad Fine$$e Releases Self-Titled Debut Mixtape

By: Seamus Fay

Just a few weeks ago, I attended a listening party for Plad Fine$$e’s self-titled debut project at IV Boston’s storefront in the North End. Packed with a tight community of fans and friends, the album yielded the same reaction from everyone: a certain look of shock due to genuinely impressive bangers coming one after another, speaking to just how well Plad Fine$$e performs on his long-awaited debut mixtape. Today, we’re happy to help unveil this final product to the people, because if we’re being honest, Plad Fine$$e is one of the main names ready to put Roxbury on the map right now on a national scale.

9 tracks long, Plad Fine$$e does not overstay its welcome, but instead holds the ability to keep fans entertained from the first second to the last with trunk rattling production and fearless flows and rhyme schemes. Plad’s unforgiving stories of ambition, the life he lives, and where he’s destined to go all hit home with a personal sense of triumph, and when added to truly standout beats from names including 4oTo Roles, LoLoTheGod, and Lil Rich, this one is, quite simply, a wrap.

This project has been long-awaited, but now that it’s finally here, I’m proud to say that the Boston front-runner did not disappoint by any means. He’s running a full court press in 2018, and his newest offering is just the first note of what will surely become known as quite the prosperous year for Plad Fine$$e. With that being said, show some love and be sure to bump the new project below.

The Top 50 New England Songs of 2017

By: Seamus Fay

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

Boogie Da God – ‘It’s Been Real’ [EP]

By: Seamus Fay

If you’ve been following Graduation Music for a while now, you probably know of our well-documented love for Roxbury artist Boogie Da God. His old-school touch and carefully crafted lyricism never cease to impress, and with an incredible ear for finding the right production to excel over, the wave he’s running right now is unmatched in its soulful energy. Today Boogie is back on our pages with his latest offering, the It’s Been Real EP.

6 tracks in total, the hypnotic production on this one gives way to an unbelievably entertaining listen with credits from fellow local artists Stripes III, Jefe Replay, Brandon James, 4oToRoles, and SenecaBeats. Not only does Boogie float over each instrumental with an effortless style that has proven to be one of the best in its lane, but each feature goes just as hard, displaying a seamless chemistry that makes this nostalgic release near-flawless in every nature. I can’t say I’ve heard anything I even remotely dislike from Boogie Da God before, and he’s definitely not starting now with the standout EP to front his journey to the top. Give It’s Been Real a listen below and enjoy the soulful approach to music that the Roxbury native takes.