Camp Blood – “Aerosol”

By: Shamus Hill

Within the current climate of Hip-Hop/Rap music, we’ve arrived at a point in time where a large percentage of the music that’s being released is both uninspiring and regurgitated. It’s become difficult to find an artist, or artists, who somehow find a way to break the mold and challenge the genre itself, however, today Camp Blood has embarked on the mission towards doing exactly this.

If you’ve been keeping up to date with Haasan Barclay over the course of the last couple of months, you’ll note that he’s been working diligently alongside Shaka Dendy and Matthew Thornton at laying the foundation for what has ultimately become Camp Blood — a Boston-based group which is striving to bring something new to the table. The trio just released their debut single, “Aerosol”, earlier today via Allston Pudding, and following a few listens through the track I’m still attempting to grasp all of the sonic elements that the song provides. Both Haasan and Shaka trade bars back and fourth throughout the entirety of the track as Matthew Thorton lays down a thunderous instrumental which utilizes elements of both punk rock and experimental Hip-Hop music. From the second you press play “Aerosol” takes you on a two and a half minute journey that’s full of high-paced energy.

This track serves as the first single off of Camp Blood’s debut project, Camp Blood, which is set to come out on July 5th, so be sure to give “Aerosol” a listen in order to properly gear up for its release.

Listen to “Aerosol” below:


Khary – “Holy Ghost” ft. Topaz Jones & Haasan Barclay

By: Seamus Fay

After taking over the spotlight with the release of his stellar project, Captain, Khary has remained fairly quiet throughout the past few months. Regardless, fans, such as myself, have still been fiending over the honest glory of the RI native’s latest full-length project, but today, Khary is ready to come back to the light and bring in the new. That being said, this rising star is here today to bless our pages with a brand new single entitled “Holy Ghost” alongside Topaz Jones and Haasan Barclay, who also produced the song.

Set to the fitting background of sun-soaked, relaxed guitar riffs, this track tells us all to keep pushing through the stress of our daily lives. Lines about Khary’s ambitions, how far he has made it, and the importance of accepting the blessings in one’s life grace the mic with a knowledgeable presence, and as a result, listeners are left with an abundance of quotable bars to feast their ears on. That being said, “Holy Ghost” is an incredibly motivational listen — Khary made a plan to go out and become the best artist he could be, and sure enough, he did it. There’s no turning back now.

You can do it, just start by clicking play on “Holy Ghost” at the link provided below:

Art by lilyellowdot
Produced by Haasan Barclay
Mixed/Mastered: by Mike Irish

[PREMIERE] Haasan Barclay – “Secret Tape” [Short Film]

By: Seamus Fay

Simply put, Haasan Barclay’s artistry is a difficult entity to define. Trying to encapsulate the wide range of skills that he holds is nearly impossible, and quite honestly, attempting to put such a special skill set in any sort of box comes across as arrogant towards the immense creativity that goes into his work. Barclay’s latest, proudly premiered by Graduation Music, puts a magnifying glass on the talents and artistic ambition I speak of, fitting it all into one, beautifully unique short fashion film, Secret Tape.

And trust me — although the Mattapan native has appeared on our pages a handful of times in the past, I hold the utmost confidence in saying that this might be one of his finest works of art to date.

That being said, Secret Tape acts as a deeper look into the eclectic feel and brilliant soundscape of Barclay’s most recent EP, 800 Fantasy Lane. The celestial sounds and feverish energy are brought to visual fruition by way of leather outfits, bold chains, and even some birthday cake, as the rising talent displays the deep layers of raw emotion that arise beneath the lines of his music. Seeing such an explorative stylistic venture turn into a film that explains the magnificent, imaginative world of Haasan Barclay is nothing short of impressive, and with this one, we receive abundant reason as to why he’s one of the most sought-after talents in Massachusetts right now.

Haasan Barclay is unapologetically himself in an inspiring way, and Secret Tape is the perfect proof. Click play at the link below and get lost in the hypnotic sounds and sights that 800 Fantasy Lane creates so effortlessly.

Directed by J R Alexander, Haasan Barclay & Liv Slaughter
Styling by Pat Peltier & 2StyleCrew
Makeup by Saturn
Animation by Rasheed Lapointe 3D
Photography by Craig Parker
Music by Haasan Barclay

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

Haasan Barclay Talks New Project ‘800 Fantasy Lane’

By: Seamus Fay

In essence, Haasan Barclay is the quintessential example of the appeal and effect of staying true to oneself in everything that one does. His music acts not only as a testament to his incredible talents, but also to the self-confidence and individuality that truly make artists stand out among the crowd. With that being said, the Boston creative and Graduation Music frequent flyer is here today to bless our pages with his latest EP 800 Fantasy Lane.

4 tracks in length, the illustrative production on this one is perhaps its most influential element, complemented by Barclay’s emotional deliveries and thoughtful lyricism. Everything on the project is packaged in a nostalgic casing with an overwhelming atmosphere formed in every aspect of the creative direction, and I don’t think fans could have asked for a more personal project. The guitar-fueled energy of 800 Fantasy Lane is present throughout every second, speaking to yet another element of the appeal in its ability to translate so easily to a live stage.

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In light of the project, Barclay answered a few questions for us about the creative process that you can read below. Thank you to Haasan and his team. It’s only a matter of time with releases this solid to lead the way.

What does the title 800 Fantasy Lane mean to you? At what point did you realize it was the perfect name to represent such an incredible body of work?

To me, 800 Fantasy Lane expresses the idea of following the path of your emotions. Every track on this EP expresses a passionate emotion; lust, self destruction, fear itself. Sometimes it’s fun to get lost in, sometimes it’s painful or therapeutic. You shouldn’t be afraid to follow your passions and see them through. Liv and I saw it as the title of a really crazy porno from the 70s and it just stuck.

How long did the making of the project take? What motivated you during its creation?

I started this project with Live For You almost a year ago. It was the first time in my life that I had the freedom to throw myself into the music and I dove in head first. Seclusion is a great motivator for me. Now I want to go off the grid and come back to society with a masterpiece.

In the last few days before its release, what was going through your head?

Right before a release is always stressful, but this time was really chill. I didn’t have the same level of anxiety I’d had before, but I really felt myself leveling up this time. There was no doubt that I put my best forward and was ready for the world to see it.

James Guild – “Heart In Hand” ft. Lord Felix [Prod. Haasan Barclay]

By: Seamus Fay

James Guild, Haasan Barclay, and Lord Felix working together is a dream team. In their latest collaboration, “Heart In Hand”, Guild and Felix deliver emotion-packed, introspective verses about the current state of life, each with a sharp pen and perfectly-fitting delivery to match Barclay’s beautifully crafted production. The vulnerable, almost angsty guitar sets the stage with a clear atmosphere of raw emotion and explicitly-stated lines of anger, love, and more, coming together to form a powerhouse of a single that deserves the utmost attention.

With James Guild’s forthcoming project PHNX due for release on November 28th, his current streak of singles has been nothing less than wildly impressive. I constantly find myself shocked at the fact this is the start of the Brockton artist’s career, and if this is the quality that we’re about to hear on his new project, James Guild is about to be one of the most promising names in MA. I could keep going on, but just click play below and enjoy “Heart In Hand”. We weren’t ready for this one.

617Sessions: Class of 2017

By: Shamus Hill

The Boston Music Awards recently uploaded their first installment of 617Sessions, a music series that they’ve created with the focus being providing local artists with professional studio time. The playlist doesn’t have a uniform sound, however, with that being said, each of the artists involved does a tremendous job with their song placement.

Haasan Barclay’s “The Trip” was the first of the tracks to really stand out to me. I’ve been a huge fan of his unique sound for quite some time, and this song most certainly didn’t disappoint. The combination of the drums and guitar right off the bat offer some mellow feels, which Haasan soon after ties altogether with his wonderful vocals.

The second standout off of 617Sessions: Class of 2017 was Big Leano’s “Bowls”. We’re currently teetering on the edge of PACKULA Season, and with that being said, any new Big Leano is cause to drop everything you’re doing and listen. Following his most recent release “Broke”, Leano is only creating even more buzz for his next project. It’s safe to say he’s in his bag with “Bowls” and “Broke” being two of his hottest tracks to date.

In addition to Haasan and Leano, Vintage Lee is another artist that added her own hit into the mix. The production on “My Own” is straight up masterful and she flows effortlessly over it. “These days I been coolin’ all on my own!” sounds Lee during the chorus, and that shit has me hitting the Uzi shoulder harder than Lil Uzi Vert himself. She’s had herself a busy year, and with the successful release of her debut mixtape PiMP and even placement on NBA 2k18’s soundtrack, she’s proven time and time again that she’s here to stay.

Huge shoutout to the Boston Music Awards for coming up with their 617Sessions Series, as its already showcased a tremendous amount of up-and-coming talent from the area. Be sure to listen to some of the other featured artists too, as they’re all extremely talented and putting on for the city in their own respects. Much love to everyone involved who brought this project to life. Stream the entirety of 617Sessions: Class of 2017 below: