Graduation Music T-Shirts Available Now!

In honor of it being 6/17, the Graduation Music team is proud to announce the official launch of our T-Shirts! Proceeds will be going directly to the Urban Farming Institute to assist in building a grow box for a community member in need.

The Urban Farming Institute, founded in Mattapan, is an organization that strives to not only provide local communities with fresh food, but teaches community members how to farm within urban environments. Being a music blog that specializes in shining a light on the talent prevalent within our local area, what Urban Farming Institute is accomplishing for Boston is truly admirable. Noting the health disparities that are prevalent within both Roxbury and Mattapan, UFI is striving to bridge the gap and provide fresh produce to communities in need. The Urban Farming Institute is currently on a mission to build 100 boxes for community members, and the Graduation Music staff is thrilled to be able to contribute to this cause.

If you’re interested at all in getting involved with the Urban Farming Institute, please visit their website to find out some more information. To buy a T-Shirt in support, please click here.


Kadeem – ‘Passing Exchange’

By: Shamus Hill

It’s been nearly a week since Kadeem unveiled Passing Exchange — a 5-track visual project that features some of the most remarkable raps to come out of the city of Boston in recent memory. From start to finish, Kadeem exudes thought-provoking lyricism that manages to connect with the listener at their core. Each individual bar leaves a lasting impression, as the Mattapan native provides yet another example of the high caliber of art that’s being pieced together in our own backyard.

According to Kadeem’s Bandcamp page, Passing Exchange is only the tip of the iceberg with respect to what’s to come:

This project is meant to be my steppingstone. I’ve always used music as an outlet, but for mostly thoughts rather than emotions. This project is my first attempt at beginning to break through. A quick-lived glimpse into what my journey will offer. During your listen, I hope it sparks anything. I hope you continue to create as your spirit intends.

Via Kadeem (Bandcamp)

Helping to catch the pure essence of each of these songs are filmmakers JR Alexander and Colin Pagnoni, who’ve successfully displayed why they’re some of the most capable within their craft that Massachusetts has to offer. Kadeem has always been applauded for his distinctive discography, however each passing moment of Passing Exchange brings the viewer a step closer towards knowing who Kadeem really is. Whether it be shots of him cooking some breakfast at home, or sipping Hennessy on Morton St., both JR and Colin manage to capture the essence of these raps — and Kadeem — in a wholistic fashion.

Typically, I like to point out standout tracks on every body of work that I discuss, however doing so here would be foolish as Passing Exchange is more of an experience than simply just an EP or mixtape. I strongly urge every one of you to play each of these tracks in their entirety, in the order that they’re presented so that the true experience may be retained.

Watch the Passing Exchange visuals below:

Direction by JR Alexander + Colin Pagnoni

Production by bza, no.pulp, Jeff Alan Gore, useeit, and Skunkz

Cover Art by Idalina Gomes

An Interview With Mizzie Cash

By: Seamus Fay

Staking claim to a spot in Boston’s rapidly-growing music community is no simple feat right now, and yet, by way of genuine hard work, a knack for crafting hits, and of course, an abundance of raw talent, Mizzie Cash has done so in an effortless manner. As one of the youngest talents coming out of the area, age seems to be ineffective in intimidating or limiting his ability – just one of the many factors that set him apart from the crowd without ever doing so in an ingenuine way.

Adding to this, Cash’s honest accounts of life and relentless professions of hustling are nothing to walk right over, as every verse is built on the foundation of uncompromised honesty. His flows and infectious choices of production only help out this cause, and deservedly so, Mizzie Cash might just be the next big name out of Boston for all of these reasons and more.

That being said, we here at Graduation Music had to get him on the site for an interview on Mizzie’s upbringing, Boston, his age, life goals, and much more. Read the conversation below.

Which part of Boston are you originally from and what was your childhood like?

[I’m from] Mattapan. My childhood was different, my mother raised me with help of my grandparents who lived in Milton.

How has growing up in Boston influenced your music, especially with the city’s current status as having a lesser known rap community?

I listen to a lot of Boston artists, currently. The streets have a culture, just no industry. My uncles rapped, my cousins, and etc, so Boston rap always been a thing to me.

I feel like we have our own sound, own lingo, and more. If you’re listening to the real artists, you’re gonna realize easily.

At what age did you become interested in music, and how / when did you start making music yourself?

8 to 9 years old. I started recording music very young, making my own studio with my lil cousin but it didn’t last too long. I always wrote music, though.

I just started making music in a serious mode ever since my bros got locked up, so about 2 years.

Your style seems to hold a heavy focus on the real-life situations that you face as well as the desire to get out of some of those situations and make it out of Boston. How do you go about turning your real life events into songs? What is the creative process like?

I try to make music for me and my friends, originally. Most of my raps are just memories or what I’m going through, but I make sure I don’t go too deep because I’m going through shit right now I can’t talk about & I probably won’t rap about until years later.

Who do you look up to as an artist?

I don’t look up to anyone, I’m only influenced by 2Pac, though, if that makes sense.

Currently, you’re one of the youngest artists coming out of the area in rap. How old are you and do you feel that your age affects your music at all?

I feel like Mass needs the youth – we gonna really speak what’s going on out here. Every other city got that youngin to speak for the youth.

What is your favorite movie?

Life, Blue Hill Ave, and Menace II Society.

DJ Nick has premiered a few of your releases. How did you originally link up with him and when did you two start working together?

That was through my manager Scoobz, shout out to him for that.

What are three of your life goals?

  1. Make it in rap
  2. Use rap to have a voice in the world
  3. Change the world

Lastly, what can fans expect from Mizzie Cash in the near future?

Expect for me to go harder because honestly, I didn’t even start yet.

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