Cave – “I Love It” Freestyle

By: Seamus Fay

Just a few weeks back, upon the release of Kanye West and Lil Pump’s new song (and viral video), “I Love It”, the internet was caught in a disarray. The track itself is quite… interesting… but with a solid bassline and smooth instrumental, it definitely holds the potential to be taken a number of different directions when placed in the right hands.

Proving that he’s just the right artist for the job, Graduation Music favorite Cave is here today with his own take over the song — fittingly entitled “Quick F**k”. Doused in vivid lyrics and rattled off flows, Cave truly shows out in this offering, and with a charismatic set of visuals to match, he makes sure that he brings out the full potential of “I Love It” in all of its addictive glory. Also notable, the rising talent wears a cardigan in the video as a tribute to Kanye’s earlier days. From top to bottom, this is a must watch.

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Cave – “(Broken) Heart-Shaped Box”

By: Seamus Fay

In the nearly two years that Graduation Music has been in existence, I’ve come to realize that the best music always stems from genuine emotion and pure authenticity. One artist who truly exhibits each of these themes in his artistry is Cave. In every new release from the rising talent, he’s sure to update listeners on the status of his inner struggles, noting his strongest emotions with thoroughly-written verses and hooks. Today, we see this on display in Cave’s latest single, “(Broken) Heart-Shaped Box”.

Sampling the classic Nirvana song by the same name, this offering uses the deeply-ridden pain of the grunge guitar riffs to reflect the messages that Cave strives to deliver. Emotionally, be ensures that listeners are brought into his shoes, doing so by way of descriptive lyricism and a sense of engrained loneliness. It’s equally as honest as it is vivid, and overall, this song is just further proof of Cave’s undiluted artistic image. He translates emotion directly into his music without anything lost in translation, and we need to appreciate that.

Listen to “(Broken) Heart-Shaped box” at the link provided below!

Cave – “Let’s Ride”

By: Seamus Fay

Anyone who has been following Graduation Music for some time now certainly knows just how enthusiastic we are about Cave and his music. The undying, passionate emotion that he emits on any and every song makes for sonic masterpieces, one after another, and today, we see evidence of this artistic prowess yet again with his brand new single, “Let’s Ride”. Premiered on Jamn 94.5 a few days back, this song will also be featured on Cave’s currently-unnamed forthcoming project.

At the very center of its purpose, this track finds the Boston native deep within a feeling of love. He paints vivid images of self-improvement and what love could turn into if the girl is down to ride, and in this light, we see Cave at his purest form yet again. The sound of this song takes to a guitar-led instrumental to fuel its energy, leading into the smooth pace of the promising talent’s vocals as they join together with unrivaled chemistry. This track adds to the history of incredible music that Cave has offered to fans, and if it’s any indication of what is to come on his new project, we’re all in for a serious treat upon its release.

Stream “Let’s Ride” at the link below:

NOTSAFE FORWORK – “Sandman” ft. Rams, Donald Grunge, Cave

By: Seamus Fay

If you’ve been tapped into the Boston music community in recent months, the group name “NSFW” has undoubtedly surfaced right in front of your eyes at least once or twice. Encapsulating a number of unbelievable talents from the area such as Rams, Donald Gunge, Cave, and Maka, this collective of rising artists holds the firepower to do some serious damage, just as shown in their debut single as a group, “Sandman”, which came out just yesterday. Sometimes putting all your chips into one bet isn’t the best idea, but when you throw these all-stars on one track together, it most certainly is a fantastic idea, equipped with a seamless chemistry that already shows through in their first offering.

That being said, “Sandman” immediately forms its identity by way of key-led production courtesy of Maka, only to clash against electrifying verses from Rams, Grunge, and Cave to follow. Each artist follows right after the last, not just adding to the excitement but also bringing it to the next level, and in this way, I believe that “Sandman” is an early indication of the heat that NSFW, or NOTSAFE FORWORK, has on the way for us. I’ve been a fan of the individual talents contained within the group for quite some time in their solo careers, so seeing them come together feels like a full circle moment that nobody will be forgetting about anytime soon.

Listen to “Sandman” below and experience that sky-high potential that NSFW is bringing to the table.

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

Cave – “BrB”

By: Seamus Fay

Love songs from Cave are an audio journey, or better yet, an audio epic, every time. His music runs as genuine as possible, and with a creative vision unique in its own lane and inspiring in its required work ethic, the Dorchester-born artist never ceases to impress. Today, Cave is back on our pages with a self-produced single titled “BrB”.

This track simply came at the right time, stemming from a tweet that reads “this the perfect weather for a love song”. It may have been spontaneous with respect to its release, but “BrB” is undoubtedly a thoughtful track among the canvas of widespread emotions of lust, love, etc. that it creates. As with just about every release from Cave, this one also sheds light on the storytelling approach that the rising artist takes to music, direct in his lyrics and nostalgic in his deliveries. Listen to “BrB” below and latch onto the wave that Cave is running right now with effortless style: