Cousin Stizz – “Made” [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

Listen to the replay value on All Adds Up. Listen to the hit-making abilities of One Night Only. Listen to the charisma on Cold Times. All of these should prove that Cousin Stizz is making the best music of his life right now, and deep into one of the finest musical hot streaks I’ve ever seen, all signs are pointing up for Fields Corner’s own. Applying the pressure even further, he’s back on Graduation Music today to unveil a new set of visuals for the Cold Times standout, “Made”.

At the heart of this song is the sense of comradery that develops between a soon-to-be star and those that he came up with. “Made” is an ode to future success and ambitions just as much as it acts as a thank you to those stayed down throughout the whole journey, and the only way to honor such a strong sense of duality is to come back to where it all started. That said, the music video for this one finds Stizz right back at home, surrounded by several familiar faces such as REEF, Joe Johnson, OG Swaggerdick, and more. It’s a family affair in every sense of the words, shedding light on a beautiful moment for Stizz as he looks back on just how far he’s made it.

“Made” reminds us all — “you can do it, too”.

Watch the music video for “Made” at the link provided below and if you haven’t already, stream Cold Times here!

Produced by Lil Rich
Directed by Gilad Haas

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Bouvé – “Freebies” ft. Major Baby & StupidGenius

By: Seamus Fay

Garnering even more momentum and preparing the fans for their Steady Leanin-hosted Norfside Fourside show this week, Bouvé, Major Baby, and StupidGenius are all here to bless our pages with a brand new banger entitled “Freebies”. But before we can get into the song, we need to get one thing straight. The North Shore is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting regions in the state in regards to music, and these three acts remain at the forefront of such an exciting shift. That being said, let’s delve a bit deeper into the unbelievable collaboration that they decided to unleash a few days back.

Produced by none other than hit machines Rocktee and Lil Rich, this track immediately finds its supply of energy through hard-nosed drums and twinkling melodies that will remain stuck in your head for weeks on end. Each new verse is brought forth with exuberant energy and a charismatic touch that gives each artist their individuality while still contributing to the team chemistry in whole, and in every aspect, “Freebies” is a star-studded collaboration that proves why the North Shore is coming up so quick right now. There’s no shortage of talent in the area, with Norfside Fourside to act as a manifesto of the hard work going on up there right now.

Listen to “Freebies” below and if you haven’t already, cop tickets to the show here!

SuperSmashBroz – “U Thought” ft. Polo $ummers & Gio Dee

By: Seamus Fay

Pertaining to the Massachusetts music community, one of 2017’s standout events was when the SuperSmashBroz blessed us all with their compilation mixtape, Family Cookout. Featuring music from an abundance of talents from the area as well as a number of highly-anticipated collaborations, this tape showed us all just how “for the city” the brotherly DJ duo really is, as they continue to represent their city in the best light possible. Today, they revisit this family affair with a set of comprehensive visuals for one of the standout tracks from the project, “U Thought” featuring frequent collaborators and fellow dynamic duo, Polo $ummers and Gio Dee.

Produced by Lil Rich and Dreaveli, the song itself kicks off the energy on an electrifying note, giving fans ample reason to put their faith behind the Boston-born collaboration and even more reason to keep “U Thought” on repeat all summer long. The visuals put this warm-weathered, ambitious feeling on a pedestal, taking to barbershop scenery to show the fans a familiar background where $ummers and Dee can show off their signature, charismatic flows in an environment that fits the sonic background of the song. “U Thought” is the first step into what will undoubtedly be a huge summer for the SuperSmashBroz, so be sure not to sleep.

Click play on the new visuals at the link below and catch the SuperSmashBroz and Gio Dee at the Great Scott on June 6th (via Fresh Out The Mint)!

Shot by: BarhamMedia
Directed by: NomaNomz
Edited by: Curwyn Henry

Major Baby ft. Big Baby Scumbag – “Stereotypes” (Prod. Lil Rich)

By: Shamus Hill 

Making his debut on Graduation Music today is artist by the name of Major Baby, unveiling his latest track, “Stereotypes”, alongside Big Baby Scumbag. Joining the duo with work on the boards is Lil Rich, lacing the two with a beat that straight up slaps and furthermore, helping to make for yet another addictive track to come out of Massachusetts.

Although he has been releasing music of his own for a few years now, I’ll admit that Major Baby slipped under my radar for a while. However, once I started bumping his music, there was no turning back. He’s worked extensively with Gruca on the majority of the tracks he’s released, and I’m a big fan of the energetic, gritty feeling that accompanies the pairing’s music. “Stereotypes” falls right into this category, allowing Major Baby to further develop that sound he’s been working extensively on with a hard-hitting touch.

This record was my first time listening to Big Baby Scumbag’s music, as well, but the combination of him and Major Baby on this song works perfectly. Each verse seems perfectly-balanced in a way that truly showcases the unique talents of each artist, and it really is a great sampler of the music brought to you by these two rising rappers in their respective energies. Hopefully we will get to see this power duo works side-by-side again in the future.

Listen to “Stereotypes” 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.

CHI – “Starry Knight” [Prod. Christian Yoon & suspicious person]

By: Shamus Hill 

Alongside production from 2020’s own, Christian Yoon, and suspicious person, CHI recently dropped a vibrant, high-paced track named “Starry Knight”. Both a play on words and a reference to Vincent van Gogh’s world-renowned painting, this track speaks volumes towards how CHI recognizes her own talent/potential, and how she will remain as formidable as a knight in order to achieve what she has set out to accomplish. Also notable is the fact that the talented CHI can also be credited with the cover-art on this track.

Off the rip, the stellar production on this one catches the listener’s ear with ease. Both Christian Yoon and suspicious person did an amazing job with the beat on this track, so props to them for working their assess of and coming up with an amazing finished product. The combination of this instrumental and CHI’s lyricism are what truly make this song as dope as it is; I was in the midst of a two-hour drive home, and the second this song dropped, my shitty Chevy Impala instantly felt like a rocket ship.

While CHI has a faster-paced style of delivery on “Starry Knight”, she’s extremely talented at presenting raps/flows that directly hit you, and remain there. It’s evident that CHI spent a great deal of time working with this track, and this most certainly shows when listening to the final product. If this is your first time hearing of CHI, I highly suggest listening to her track with the SuperSmashBroz, Plad Fine$$e, and Lil Rich “Grab It“, and “Holy Moly” as these two songs in particular do an exceptional job at presenting what the young talent is capable of.

Quickly becoming one of the artists I’m most excited to see what they release next, CHI is making strides toward becoming a true voice of the city, so Boston: let’s show her some love. Listen to CHI’s “Starry Knight” (prod. Christian Yoon & suspicious person) 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

An Interview With DumDrumz

By: Seamus Fay

Sure, he may not be from Boston, but Florida-based producer DumDrumz has undoubtedly made his impact felt in the city’s budding rap scene with production credits on tracks like “No Bells”, “Gain Green”, “Super Bowl”, and more. Utilizing hypnotic sounds and downright intoxicating melodies, this promising talent has proven himself as a force to be reckoned with on the boards, establishing seamless chemistry with any artist he works with and never failing to craft a hit together when needed.

Just yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with DumDrumz about his upbringing, his work on Suffolk County, Florida, and more. You can check out what he had to say below.


So to start things off, where are you originally from?

I’m from Miami, FL; Carol City to be specific. It’s a surrounding neighborhood in the city of Miami Gardens.

Growing up in Florida, what role did music play in your life and how do you feel about the local scene?

Growing up, music was always around me. My background is Jamaican and I was literally always surrounded by music. My Father would play music all the time growing up especially on Sunday’s when we would clean up. Then is where I got my musical creativity. He would always Mix Music and it sparked my interest in how Music should sit in a certain pocket.. at least what I think it should sound like. I always listened to Reggae, R&B, and a bit of rap, which I didn’t really get into heavy until about middle school.

The local music scene, well Miami, for the most part, is, in my opinion,  the most diverse place for music. We have so much talent here to create a sound, but at the same time, it is a lot of pride here that doesn’t make it easy for people to blow up. It takes a lot of work. It’s not like the Atlanta scene how they have their own sound. Miami is literally like a mixing pot of talent and I know one day everyone can come together and create a sound like no other. I’m hoping to become a legend with that one day.

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When did you take that love of music from your dad and turn it into producing?

I started producing around 12 years old. It progressed into high school. I was familiar with certain softwares and things like that. When I got into high school I used to sell ringtones with my friends and people thought I was really good at mixing songs. So, I thought to myself, I should just really start making beats. I had TV production for a couple years so every now and then I would finish my work and then sneak into a room and make beats on garage band. That was it from there.

When you attended Florida A & M, what did you study? How did you balance producing and school?

I attended Florida A&M in 2009. I studied Health Science in a concentration with physical therapy. I ended up going back to school after I graduated though.

Balancing producing was difficult. I always had six classes, plus I worked. To be honest, sometimes I look back and realized I was like a machine. I would work, go to class, study, do homework, and always at the end of the night make 3-5 beats. It was the desire that made it possible. Desire with anything makes whatever focus you have possible.

How did you end up turning this hard work into breakout opportunities with Stizz on Suffolk County? How did you two first link and when did you decide to work together?

To be honest I was actually about to just call it quits on music for a while and focus on building my life. I had all my equipment ready to be sold on Craigslist. I guess I was fed up with my lack of patience to not be heard. Something told me just to relax and wait. So one day in my last semester of school – I don’t know how I ended up finding his music video on YouTube – but I saw the “Shoutout” video and heard Obeatz’ production on it and I was amazed. I must have played that song 100 times that same day. Then, I just found his twitter and hit him up.

I told him I loved the track and that I wanted to send him some beats. I must have sent like 20 beats or so, most that I thought were okay. The ones he picked were the ones everyone loved and the ones I disliked the most, funny how life works. From there that was it. Just built that relationship. Besides music, he’s one of the most solid guys I know.

Did you know anything about the Boston scene that was being built up at the time? If not, how did you view Boston as an outsider?

I actually didn’t know about the Boston music scene until I heard his music, then I ventured and listened to Michael Christmas. I felt like Boston was going to be on the come up. I knew that for a fact. Outside looking in it seemed like the whole city as a whole supporter each other. That’s something that I thought was real positive. Most places don’t show support. I still need to go up there.

A few other frequent collaborators of yours are Tee-WaTT, M. Ali, Obeatz, and Lil Rich. How did you link with them and begin working together?

Right after I sent those beats to Stizz, it wasn’t that long before I reached out to them via Twitter. I thought wow, these guys sounds are on another level. Again, building another relationship. Those are my guys for real. They push me to make better sounds. Tee-Watt, M. Ali, Lil Rich, and Obeatz are real solid guys that I met through my journey so far.

What’s one story you can share from the creation of Suffolk County that fans may not know?

I was finishing a physics 2 exam and I was stressed. I had my computer on me because I was studying before. I felt like I didn’t do well on my exam so I drove home, pulled up into my complex, and sat in my car. I didn’t feel like going inside because I was beefing with my roommates. I pulled out my computer and sat in my car. I opened up FL studio (that was my DAW at the time), made a simple drum pattern. Then I made another drum pattern. I must have played the drum pattern for 15 minutes. I wanted something with a mystic type sound, so I searched through sounds and bass lines. 10 minutes later, I had no bells. I was going to trash that.

What advice do you have for young producers?

Be yourself and never doubt yourself. Remain genuine – people can see when you have an agenda or not. If you’re not in it to be a legend then you’re in the wrong business. Be patient, but still put energy behind your work. You can do anything you put your focus towards.

What’s your DAW of choice and why?

Ableton. I left FL studio then went to Native Instruments Maschine for a couple years. It was a little slow for me.

Ableton seems to fit me. Sound quality is amazing and it’s a little unorthodox like my mind sometimes, so it just fits. I’ve been on Ableton the past five years. Still so much to learn, but I recommend everyone gives Ableton a try at least once.

With the current climate of producers in rap today and their struggles, what do you have to say about receiving credit for your work and what the roles of producers are in both music and culture at the moment?

Producers now are at an all-time high. I feel like it’s easier to get into music. It seems like everyone is a producer nowadays. For some, it could seem frustrating, especially the ones who have been trying to break a barrier to get knee deep in the game. I used to get frustrated, but it’s all in the game. Things take time and even with the credit that I received I know I still have to push a little further to get heard. I’m humbled, but I’m striving for platinum status. I’m already platinum is what I tell myself every morning when I wake up.

I don’t feel people realize how important producers are. We are the building blocks to artists and if you’re respected enough, an artist can go far. Producers are also trying to find a lane for themselves just like artists now to make a living and to be equal on the same platform as artists.

I respect all the young producers, just stick with it, make a lane for yourself, and ask yourself, “what are you in it for?”

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Lastly, what can we expect from DumDrumz in 2018?

Trying to create another lane with some joint projects with artists I’ve been building with. Looking to develop a project for myself. Been working on the idea all year so it will come into next year. I don’t like to speak on these things, but next year should be good to me. I feel like next year is my turn.

Thank you to DumDrumz for the interview – it has been an inspiration to watch your success as of yet and I wish you the best of luck moving forward. Here’s to a bright future.

***All photography via @kenirish***


Connect with DumDrumz on:

SoundCloud

Twitter

Instagram

SuperSmashBroz – “Grab It” ft. Plad Fine$$e, Lil Rich, & Chi [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

This past summer, the SuperSmashBroz supplied Boston with a number of dream team collaborations on their debut tape Family Cookout. One of these collaborations was found in the song “Grab It”, joining the unique forces of Plad Fine$$e, Lil Rich, and Chi to make for an in-your-face track that I’ve had on repeat since it dropped.

Today, the energy-filled DJ duo is here to revisit “Grab It” with ominous visuals directed and shot by BT Livin. Within dark scenes of robbery and tension, the music video explores the street life that each artist so well illustrates in their respective verses. Not only did we receive a gem in this song in the first place, but now the world has well-fitting visuals to go right alongside it. Watch “Grab It” below: