By: Seamus Fay
Music that evokes a feeling in the listener is always the most engaging to listen to, and the finest opportunities to do just this within a song are through vocal cadences and production. Taking full advantage of both of these aspects, Graduation Music favorites Jiles and LoLoTheGod are here to bless us with a brand new single entitled “Later”, taking each of their respective talents and putting them in full force, one alongside the other.
Before we get into this one, however, I wanted to mention the fact that this is yet another collaborative offering from two Brockton artists. In my time covering Brockton’s music community, I have noticed an unrivaled level of collaboration, chemistry, and support coming from the city. Not only are the artists from the area talented and hardworking, but they also know how to boost one another up and join forces rather than compete for one spot. That being said, Jiles and LoLo put this on full display in “Later”, so let’s delve a bit further into it.
For starters, Jiles’ eccentric vocal style and melodic cadences on this one are what hold the listener and attach them to the track. Every bar is delivered in a way that catches the ear while propelling the song forward, and LoLo reinforces this with atmospheric, trunk-rattling production to match. Topping it all off and solidifying “Later” as a song that I will certainly be returning to in the near future, the lyricism on the offering is what sets Jiles aside from his peers. His brutally honest bars come across with a certain level of authenticity and connection to the listener, giving us all the more reason to run this one back, again and again, and in whole, reminding us why Brockton has next.
Be sure to listen to “Later” at the link below:
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$$e. With that being said, show some love and be sure to bump the new project below.
By: Seamus Fay
Looking back, 2017 was a year of immense growth for New England and specifically Massachusetts’ budding music scene. We were fortunate enough to see the rise of many new talents as well as watch some of the more established artists prosper in their own ways, and frankly, it was inspiring to us to see the work that the artists, the producers, the photographers, the graphic designers, the mixers, the managers, etc. have been putting in. Without all of these people playing their respective roles, our scene wouldn’t be where it is today.
Having said that, we here at Graduation Music collaborated with Fresh Out The Mint to compile a list of the “Top 50 New England Songs of 2017” (in our humble opinion). Below is the playlist of all the tracks – enjoy!
Thank you sincerely to everyone for supporting us throughout 2017 and making our first full year as a blog a successful one. We greatly appreciate all the love and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for 2018.
- Young Seuss – “123”
- Big Leano – “Broke” [Prod. Tee-WaTT]
- Vintage Lee – “Bless You” [Prod. Jew Paidro]
- Millyz – “Lessons” [Prod. Achillies]
- VALLEY – “Atari” [Prod. Stoop Kid]
- Caliph & Jefe Replay – “The Mood” [Prod. Obeatz]
- MyCompiledThoughts – “Romeo and Juliet”
- Cousin Stizz – “Lambo”
- DJ Lucas – “Doubt”
- Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez]
- Juxi – “Leave Me Alone” [Prod. Banbwoi]
- Jiggz – “Excuses” [Prod. digitLIX]
- KREW$ – “Dog Days” [Prod. DMND]
- RAMS – “Disease!” [Prod. Maka]
- Rothstein – “Jaded” ft. Supa Bwe [Prod. Shepard]
- Patrick Michel – “Perfect” [Prod. GrandCruu]
- Alejandro Blanco – “Give It To Her” [Prod. TFresh & SSB]
- Jefe Replay – “Stay Ugly” [Prod. Humbeats]
- Mizzie Cash – “Maneuvering” [Prod. Rob $urreal]
- Lord Felix – “Power” ft. Marvelous Stefan [Prod. LoLoTheGod]
- Plad Fine$$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
By: Seamus Fay
If you have seen the lineups of any local shows recently, you may have noticed Brockton producer LoLoTheGod credited as one of the DJs for the event – a venture of this multitalented creative that is definitely proving itself to be a power move as of yet. Today, to further solidify his tastemaking skills while giving the streets something to keep on repeat for the weeks to come, LoLo just released his first mix titled “Vitality”.
Consistently supplying banger after banger with seamless transitions to smooth things over, this mix includes some of our favorites songs of today, both mainstream and local, while achieving a perfect mix of the two. “Vitality”s high energy approach and infectious style is most definitely indicative of the heat that LoLo has in store, and although he hasn’t specified anything new coming soon, be sure to look out for more from one of Brockton’s most promising young talents as we round the corner into the new year. Something tells me that this is just the beginning.
By: Seamus Fay
Take “Grab It”, “Cheese”, or any other track by Plad Fine$$e and it is immediately explained to you why he is considered one of Boston’s most promising young talents. Better yet, take his latest Calvin Deal-directed visuals for “Yellow Flame”. Equipped with a charismatic energy and tightly-wound flows, this track impressed us when it was first released, but now receiving its well-deserved visual companion, “Yellow Flame” is taken to another level that will undoubtedly ramp up the anticipation for the rising artist’s self-titled debut on the way.
This LoLoTheGod-produced track acts as a testament to the unforgiving barrage of bars that Plad Fine$$e is capable of delivering at any moment, and by pairing its instinctive patterns with dark imagery and scenes of the young talent rapping alongside his team, fans are able to better see the creative vision at hand. In other words, Plad isn’t messing around, and rightfully so, his video releases have done his work ethic justice and definitely helped to garner quite a bit of attention nationally. When talking about who is putting on for Boston right now, this up-and-coming star simply cannot be left out of the conversation. Get hip by clicking play on “Yellow Flame” below.
By: Seamus Fay
Hailing from Roxbury, Plad Fine$$e is determined to put on for his city with intoxicating anthems that simply can’t be looked over. His aggression and determination work hand in hand to cement what has become such a well-known career within the city, and if he keeps up the full court pressure en route to the release of his self-titled debut project, there’s no stopping Plad Fine$$e. He’s got what it takes. Today, the rising star is back to let fans know what he’s on with a new single from his mixtape titled “Yellow Flame”.
Set over a backdrop of slicing melodies and trunk-rattling percussion via production from Brockton’s LoLoTheGod, this track finds Plad dropping off lines one after another with an impressive consistency. His flows are only getting better, his lyricism more concise, and his overall style increasingly defined. Within every bar there’s something to talk about, detailing the hustler lifestyle that Plad lives using a sharp pen and tunnel-visioned mindset. At face value, “Yellow Flame” will undoubtedly keep the stocks rising and ramp up the anticipation for the Roxbury artist’s forthcoming debut project. Give the single a listen below and keep an eye out for more news regarding the mixtape soon.
By: Seamus Fay
Big Leano is back, and he’s back with a vengeance. Currently touring all around the country and beyond with Cousin Stizz, the Boston representative is here with the follow-up to his highly regarded debut Tales From The Mud. This time around, Leano is blessing the streets with Packula, an 8-track collection of money-minded anthems and unforgiving accounts of the life that he’s lived. One phrase comes to mind when I think of a motto for this project: real life. Just like Stizz, Big Leano prides himself on brutal honesty in his raps and it’s clear that with the pinpoint detail he raps with, the rising artist is about the life he tells listeners of.
An equal amount of street wisdom and vivid storytelling make this one an automatic must-listen for me, and I find myself especially entertained when hearing the never-ending humor of Leano in his self-comparisons and descriptions. Marry these aspects to a production clinic from Qreamy Beats, LoLoTheGod, Twayne The Kidd, Tee-WaTT, and LDG Beats and you have something special.
I began my first listen of Packula at 6:30 this morning during my drive to school, and with booming production to complement aggressive verses/hooks, it definitely set the tone for the day well. I’m ready to keep this one on repeat for quite some time, and you should be, too. Give Packula a listen below.
***Also, check out Packula on Spotify and Apple Music