Maka – “Blanka” [Prod. Durkin]

 By: Seamus Fay

Ever since we heard Maka and Durkin connect on their tropical EP, Another Island, it has been a known fact that the two hold an unrivaled chemistry that not many artists know how to bring out. Maybe it’s the complementary nature of their sounds, maybe they’re just on the same page creatively, or maybe it’s something else, but no matter what the trick is, we know that it’s going to be special when these two standout artists join forces. Today, they hit our pages once again with “Blanka” – an anthemic track featuring Maka on the vocals and Durkin on the boards that you simply need to hear.

Surrounded by the naturally-infectious energy that Maka delivers so well, this song finds itself sprinting through rapid flows and memorable lyricism. It’s the kind of release that you start to learn the lyrics to after just one or two listens, and subsequently, holds an abundance of replay value for fans to latch onto. Aside from this, as always seems to be the case, “Blanka” is a reminder of the hit-making abilities of this power duo, dripping in warm-weathered sounds while still holding the ability to be played in any season at any function. With that being said, be sure to give it a listen at the link below and listen to Another Island here!

Maka – “Eugene” [Prod. ProSwervez]

By: Shamus Hill

It’s always going to be a good day when Graduation Music frequent flyer, Maka, drops off new music for the fans to enjoy. Today, he joins our pages with a new single titled “Eugene” featuring an assist from local producer ProSwervez. It’s an elegantly produced track, showcasing Maka’s smooth flows while offering calming, luminous feels throughout. Having said that, it goes without saying that this power duo has most definitely delivered an anthem once again.

Upon my first listen of Maka’s music, his track “Way Up” (also produced by ProSwervez) was an early stand out for me. Off the rip, it was notable that these two can make some serious music together, even joining forces for some of my other personal favorites out of Maka’s catalog, most notably including the warm-weathered hit, “OT…”. Since then, however, Maka has had a busy 2018 thus far, recently garnering a production credit RAMS’ “Brain Dead”, and being featured on the SuperSmashBroz x LDG Betas-produced song “Cuff Up” alongside Gin Mason. With that being said, Maka is in his bag right now, and I can’t wait to see what he delivers next.

Listen to “Eugene” below:

SuperSmashBroz – “Cuff Up” ft. Maka & Gin Mason

By: Seamus Fay

Taking into account their electric performance skills and standout releases as dot-connectors within Boston, it goes without saying that the SuperSmashBroz are known in their hometown as the premier DJ duo for getting your vibes right. With yesterday being Valentine’s Day, the SmashBroz were sure to bless the city with an anthem to fit the occasion, offering fans a new track titled “Cuff Up” featuring fellow local acts Maka and Gin Mason.

This track finds itself diving through tropical energy in order to supply the perfect sound for cuffing season, and considering the standout deliveries that both Maka and Mason came through with on this one, “Cuff Up” is able to establish itself as a standout single. Seamless as ever, the SmashBroz connected the dots once again, this time gifting us with a collaboration between two promising artists that were able to form a wonderful chemistry. With that being said, be sure to show some love to a few of Boston’s top runners by giving the latest from the SmashBroz and company below.

RAMS – “Brain Dead” [Prod. Maka]

By: Seamus Fay

If you have been following Graduation Music for some time now, it goes without saying that you are to hip to the Jordan-Pippen greatness of RAMS and Maka. Their unique styles mesh together with an unrivaled sonic touch, and thinking back on all of their past collaborations, from “Champagne Tears” to “Disease!”, it’s safe to say that these two rising talents can’t miss when joining forces. Today, RAMS and Maka are back on our pages to keep the win streak going with a new track titled “Brain Dead”.

Premiering via Noisey Radio, this single weaves through a synth-led atmosphere to find RAMS delivering his signature, unforgiving flows and mysterious vocals in an alluring manner. Right by his side, Maka kills it on the boards for this one, lending a hand to make for a standout single overall. Also notable, “Brain Dead” is set to appear on RAMS’ forthcoming project, Fear and Loathing 2, as the first single. Be sure to show some love by listening to the new track below, and keep an eye out for news regarding the release of the full project.

Maka – “Far Away”

By: Seamus Fay

It seems like every time I check Twitter, Boston’s own Maka has yet another potential hit ready to go. Today, he is back one again on our pages with an infectiously smooth new offering titled “Far Away”, speaking to the homesick feelings that he sometimes ponders in a way that any listener can relate. This track also features a few bars in a different language, adding to the vivid illustrations of his home that fans get to hear on the song, and I must say that I can’t keep this one off of repeat at the moment.

The element that really stuck out to me in this single was the way that Maka is able to space each line out so effectively. He creates a distant feeling in doing so while maintaining close chemistry with the listener, and by using the atmospheric production in the background to make each move count, “Far Away” hits a point where you simply can’t help but hang on each and every word he says. This may be one of Maka’s more relaxed releases in recent weeks, but I’m definitely a fan of the direction that he took this one in and I can’t wait for more.

It’s always a blessing to receive new music from this undeniable young talent, so be sure to check out “Far Away” below.

MAKA – “Healthy + Living” & “25 (Wintertime Flow)”

By: Seamus Fay

Throughout 2017, by way of consistently impressive singles, an incredible collaborative project with Boston DJ Durkin in Another Island, and numerous production credits that made for some standout singles, Maka became one of our favorite artists in the budding Massachusetts’ rap scene. His ability to transport listeners wherever his song decides is second to none, and with a consistent output of heat to keep everyone hooked in, Maka just can’t miss. Picking up right where he left off in 2017, he’s back on our pages today to deliver more of the tropical sounds that he has become so well known for with two new singles: “Healthy + Living” and “25 (Wintertime Flow)”.

“25 (Wintertime Flow)” actually dropped about a week ago on Maka’s birthday and we ended up missing it, but in celebration of what will surely be a big year in his life, this track’s infectious energy and simple yet wonderfully-crafted melodies tell us that he’s ready for yet another prosperous year to come. Just a week later, Maka came back to the light once again to drop off his latest offering, “Healthy + Living”. He’s starting 2018 off on the right note, waking up every day both grateful and happy to be alive and healthy, and the music couldn’t reflect this energy any better.

Each of these tracks paints the rising talents mindset at the moment with vivid pens and care-free, intoxicating production as Maka continues to solidify his name in Boston as an artist you simply cannot miss. With that being said, celebrate the new year with Maka by clicking play on “Healthy + Living” and “25 (Wintertime Flow)” 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

Maka – “Top 5 (Ed Hardy Riddim)”

By: Seamus Fay

Throughout 2017, Boston artist Maka has developed quite a rapport with his city as one of the premier talents in the local scene by way of contagious singles and wonderfully illustrative, often times tropical projects (see Another Island). Today, enhancing this unstoppable wave with a new twist, the rising talent is back on our pages with a new single titled “Top 5 (Ed Hardy Riddim)” – a loose release dense with eccentric sounds and infectious energy that you simply need to hear.

Lending his extensive array of flows to this hard-hitting single, Maka achieves a seamless pairing of exotic production and catchy deliveries in this track, creating an overall unique, yet cultivating atmosphere. It may be experimental compared to some of his other material so far, but the Boston talent definitely came through with a dope release to top the year off on. With that being said, be sure to give “Top 5” a listen below and keep an eye on Maka’s growing versatility as we watch his successes pile up in 2018.

Maka & Durkin – “Another Island Mix”

By: Seamus Fay

This past summer, in a successful attempt to transport listeners to a distant place musically, Boston artists Durkin and Maka blessed us with a 5-song EP titled Another Island. Rich with intoxicating styles and tropical sounds, the project most certainly achieved its purpose, soundtracking the summer with radiating energy and a sharp ear for eccentric sounds to fuel the warm energy throughout.

Today, Durkin and Maka are back to revisit their joint EP with the official “Another Island Mix”, meant to show fans some of the music that the two young talents were listening to during the creation of the project. It certainly puts things in perspective in terms of the headspace that the dynamic duo were able to make such a tropical masterpiece out of, and arriving to us via Bodega Pirate Radio, this mix will certainly make its rounds as a thoroughly-selected collection of songs to use whenever you need to transport out of Boston’s cold winters into a tropical getaway.

It’s interesting to hear the inspiration behind such a unique project, and I highly recommend clicking play on the “Another Island Mix” below to further the listening experience next time you choose to revisit the EP. Durkin and Maka are a duo that refuse to be ignored, so don’t sleep.

Maka – “24 Hours”

By: Shamus Hill 

Following his recent rap debut, Boston artist Maka just dropped off a new single by the name of “24 Hours”, offering feels that are very much reminiscent of his collaborative EP with Durkin, “Another Island”. With this track, the rapidly-rising talent definitely gives us a tropical-filled sound to move against the winter months – working together to create a noteworthy contrast that brings the song together. I can’t count how many times I’ve been having a long, dreary day, and have listened to Maka’s catalog of music to uplift me from however it is I may be feeling, and this trend is closely followed with “24 Hours”. Maka has the wonderful ability to make it feel like every day can be an incredible one, which is something that significantly strengthens the impact of his music.

“24 Hours” touches upon Maka’s day-to-day struggles, shedding light on the way he is able to rise above them and meet his personal standards. It’s definitely a hopeful release, and by keeping it positive and denying the negativity, “24 Hours” is undoubtedly a listen that everyone can resonate with and relate to. Maka is aware of the influences around him trying to deter him from his goals, and in light of his ambitions, he’s dedicated to his creative vision and believes in himself to the highest extent.

In essence, this is one of the main reasons that I’ve grown to love Maka’s music. He showcases the fact that shit will happen regardless of what you can do, and a person’s true character is shown by how they perceive these troubles and choose to go about their life despite them. If you dedicate your time and energy working towards something, just grind it out and tone out the BS around you. It’s one thing for a song to sound amazing, but for the message behind it to be of equal caliber is something of great importance in itself.

Maka definitely blessed us with some more magic on this track, so let’s show Cambridge’s-own some support. Listen to “24 Hours” below:

MAKA – “Live In Boston”

By: Seamus Fay

If you’re unfamiliar with his past work, Maka is a Boston-based artist known to deliver looming hooks and tropical lyricism in his well-known, captivating voice, almost always utilizing slower, more laid-out vocal performances to bring the energy to the table. After taking to Twitter yesterday with a poll asking what new music he should drop, the rising talent was hit with an enthusiastic vote from the people for a rap song.

And with a rap song, he returned. Earlier today, Maka blessed our ears with his latest offering, “Live In Boston”. Although it may be an experimental attempt at a new style, I can honestly say that this is some of his best material yet, in my opinion. Bar-after-bar, Maka proves that he can do it all with memorable lines and a charismatic delivery, topped off by smooth flows that speak to the range of talents that he really holds. This self-produced single also achieves another angle of appeal with bass-heavy production, simple in its pattern, but undeniably effective its trunk-rattling sound.

I truly didn’t expect to enjoy this creative venture so much, and now that Maka’s already-impressive versatility has been proven to a new extent, I wouldn’t mind more music like this in the future. I could keep going on, but to wrap things up, you need to check out “Live In Boston” below. Trust me on this one.