Lonny X – “Swervin'” [Music Video]

By: Seamus Fay

Coming out of Connecticut right now, few artists can compare to the comprehensive catalog of high-quality music that Lonny X has put together. You can hear it in the confident tint of his deliveries that this rising talent isn’t playing around, and earlier this year, he cemented this idea with the headline-grabbing release of Full Court Press. Today, about 8 months removed from the tape’s original drop, Lonny is back to revisit one of the standout cuts, “Swervin'” with a brand new visual companion.

Being that this was one of my personal favorite tracks on Full Court Press, I might be biased, but “Swervin'” provides one of the best videos that we’ve seen from Lonny X to date. The song itself is incredibly high-energy, and by matching this energy with enough personality and excitement to maintain listeners’ attention from the first second to the last, you can’t help but appreciate how great Lonny X truly is. Connecticut is lucky to have this soon-to-be star putting on for their state, and I can’t wait to watch the stocks continue to rise.

“Swervin'” proves that the future is bright for the Lazy Boy Records representative, so be sure to click play at the link below:

Produced by Gravez
Directed by Lonny X
Filmed by D&S Studios
Edited by Rens Eno & Frans

 

Lonny X Talks ‘Full Court Press’, Connecticut, & More

By: Seamus Fay

No better body of work describes the world of Connecticut’s Lonny X better than his long-awaited debut album, Full Court Press. 4 years in the making and evolving throughout a number of forms since its conception, this project looks deep within the rising talent’s mindset and life to find an artist characterized best by his relentless determination, hometown pride, and cultivating, to-the-point personality. It’s confidently ambitious energy pushes forth an uncompromised image of Lonny X in his naturally-engaging presence, and overall, fans receive a well-crafted listen that will undoubtedly help prove to the music world that Connecticut has something special on its hands.

Having said that, we had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Lonny X about the inspiration behind the project, his hometown pride, and more. You can read our interview below.


What does the title Full Court Press mean to you? At what point did you decide on that as the name of the album?

Growing up, I wanted to be a professional athlete. I played football for years and excelled, played soccer, all that shit. But basketball changed my whole life. I grew up on And 1 mixtapes and sitting in front of mirrors mimicking hot sauce moves and shit like that. I would take like 500 shots a day in my grandma’s backyard.

I spent this time finding myself. It taught me to isolate myself from everyone and get better in silence. Turned that motivation into a science and just utilized it in life, for the better. But to wrap it up, basketball helped me find myself and “Full Court Press” was a great way to tie in the theme of domination and pay homage to a sport that raised me. I came up with the title in high school.

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There are many instances on the album where you rep Connecticut. Being one of the state’s top runners right now, do you think the listening experience will be different for someone from CT?

I would hope the listening experience would be entertaining and relatable at times for the average CT listener… I just have a great love for where I come from because it is truly different here – especially being a young black artist. There are no outlets which forces us to create our own or almost get pushed to the wayside.

I never wanted to work a regular job like – I tried. Everyone wants to be important here. I just use my music because it’s the best way to show people the potential of my mind. Above all, I take pride in keeping my shit authentic, so if people relate, that’s beautiful.

You said the album actually took 4 years to reach a final product. What made you feel like this was the right moment to release it and how has the album evolved throughout these four years?

Yeah, it has been 4 years – 4 years to get to this point of artistry, but not four years to make these songs. It truly is only a preview of where I plan to take this journey, but the people needed a Lonny X project and I wanted to give them one – it was overdue.

Considering that it’s two years old, why did you decide to keep “Sauce” on the album? What made you feel that it withstood the test of time and could still contribute to the project as a whole?

I kept that song to bring my fans to a familiar place of how they may have felt when they first heard me. It’s one of the biggest records I ever made and it was on the ORIGINAL Full Court press. This project took on over 6 different forms throughout the years and “Sauce” was on at least 4 of them since I made it. It’s on there for me and for the early fans.

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Give us some insight into the working relationship with your engineer and the only featured artist on the album, Jus Lovehall.

Me and Jus are like fam at this point. The first song I ever recorded was at his crib and we never stopped working together. It all happened natural as hell. He’s a genius and the only person I met that I could trust with my vocals, so it’s one of those relationships that will never end – another great thing about music.

Lastly, what does this album mean for the rest of Lazy Boy Records?

This album is really just the knock on the door for what we have to give our audiences this year. Expect polished projects from everyone on the roster.

Thank you to Lonny X and Lazy Boy Records for the interview and thank you to Greg Gaffney for the assist in making this happen and helping out with a few of the questions!

 

Lonny X – “Swervin'” [Prod. Gravez]

By: Seamus Fay

Over the past few months, Graduation Music has grown increasingly familiar with the Connecticut representative and rising star himself, Lonny X. This artist’s sharp skillset and dedicated work ethic have proven to create bangers with effortless style in the past, and throughout an impressive string of singles alongside the hit-filled Downtime EP, Lonny sounds like he’s only heating up. On the verge of finally receiving new Lonny X album, the promising young talent is back on our pages today to unleash what will most likely be his last single before the project with the Gravez-produced banger, “Swervin'”.

This song not only shows us how far both Lonny and Gravez have grown together and built their chemistry up, but it also shows us how far Lonny has come as a songwriter. His hook-writing skills seem to be more and more impressive with every release, and based on the infectious nature of this track, it seems like he has quite a bit more where that came from. Additionally, considering the way that each and every line floats right over the smooth instrumental, Lonny’s flows are polished more than ever.

Having said that, he’s ready to kick the year off with a hell of an album and I cannot wait. But don’t take my word for it, be sure to click play on ‘Swervin'” below and pay attention for the release of Full Court Press!

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

Lonny X – “Believe It” [Prod. Gravez Music]

By: Seamus Fay

About a month back, CT native Lonny X joined our pages for the first time to preview a new track due for release in early December. Fast forward to today, and that very song is finally available for the world to enjoy. Under the name “Believe It”, Lonny looks to ringing melodies and a sharp pen on this one to illustrate his determination for the top. If there’s anyone ready for the world to see his talents and ready to secure the bag, it’s Lonny X, and by means of consistently dope music and a keen eye for the sounds and styles that will enhance his artistry best, I don’t see anything in the way of one of New England’s most promising talent’s finding success.

With this hard-hitting single to lead the way, fans can also look out for a Lonny X album due for release on January 12th. Personally, based on what we’re hearing in “Believe It”, I’m confident in saying that the world isn’t ready for what this CT star can bring to the table, but don’t take my word for it – listen to the new single below and keep an eye out for more information on the forthcoming project. Something tells me that we’re in for a treat.

Lonny X Previews New Music On Twitter

By: Seamus Fay

This may be the first time we are covering Connecticut’s own Lonny X for our site, but trust me when I say that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard the name of the rising star. His consistent output of incredible material has been nothing less than inspiring to watch, and after the recent release of the hard-hitting DOWNTIME EP (click here to listen)I don’t think Lonny’s rise to the top is stopping anytime soon.

Just yesterday, the Connecticut artist took to Twitter to preview a new collaboration with Gravez Music titled “Believe It”. Set for release on December 8th, I hold the utmost confidence in saying that this one is about to be a potential hit. Featuring an intoxicating, playful melody mixed with triumphant lyricism, all of which is topped off by what looks like some dope visuals, you’re about to here Lonny X’s name everywhere. We may have hesitated to cover his music until now just because he’s not from Boston, but at this point, it’s downright disrespectful not to cover the incredible wave that he’s running. Check out the new snippet below and count down the days until December 8th.

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