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
By: Seamus Fay
In my time running Graduation Music, I’ve realized that as a writer, you often start to pick up on trends of which artists work best together. One of these unstoppable duos that stuck out since the very beginning is that of Gio Dee and Polo $ummers – two Boston natives destined to garner attention far beyond their hometown as time moves on. Today, they revisit just one of their several standout collaborations, providing a visual companion for the anthemic offering, “Told Ya”.
Illustrating the smooth deliveries and melodic production courtesy of NIAGGI on the song, the video for this one takes to bright coloring and flex-worthy scenery of women as it lets the fans know how Dee and $ummers flex. They bring the energy with a shared, signature effortlessness, and in doing so, provide just the right mood to complement the video and make sure it comes together cohesively. And that, it does. “Told Ya” was already a great song to start with, but now that we have the music video to match, it definitely takes the standout single to the next level.
Click play on the new visuals for “Told Ya” at the link below:
***Shot by Curwyn Henry & AMR, Edited by FreeWRLD & Curwyn Henry
By: Seamus Fay
As you may recall, we recently started a segment by the name of GRADUATION MUSIC RADIO, set to release a new episode every other Monday. This week, due to some technical difficulties, we are postponing the newest episode for a few days. To make up for it, we present to our readers a 15-track playlist of some of our favorite local songs at the moment!
Some tracks are older, some newer, but regardless, these are a few standout releases that you need to get hip to if you weren’t already. Check the playlist out below:
By: Seamus Fay
Considering the reputation he has developed within Boston as a force to be reckoned with, the name “Gio Dee” requires no introduction on our pages at this point, and rightfully so. Today, Dee is back yet again to bless us with his latest offering by the name of the Twenty 6 EP. But before we begin, keep in mind that this project contains the very sounds and characteristics that led us to fall in love with Gio Dee’s music in the first place, so I can just about guarantee that our readers are going to love it just as much as I personally did.
This EP may only be 7 tracks long, but now that we have received the final product after a few weeks of promo via Twitter, I must say that it smashes all of the already-high expectations that I set in my head. Gio Dee inarguably knows how to craft a hit, and with his latest offering he shows us that his effortless style is able to communicate this sentiment without ever feeling forced in the slightest bit. Songs like “100K” and “Benji” seemingly roll right off of the tongue, reminding listeners and fans alike that there’s a reason or two why Gio Dee is one of Boston’s top runners right now. The success is apparent, the talent is clearly apparent, and the city loves it.
I could go on about this project all day, but be sure to check it out for yourself at the link below and get hip to what could be the next star out of MA!
By: Seamus Fay
I have said it before and I’ll say it again: the chemistry between Gio Dee and Polo $ummers is truly some of the best in the city right now. They have blessed us with numerous anthems in the past including my personal favorites, “Told Ya” and “Real”, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to the array of hits that they in the vault. Today, these two standout talents are back once again to visit Graduation Music with their latest single, “Blacked”, and it might just be one of their best yet.
For starters, this track’s melodic touch and booming 808s via Banbwoi immediately give it the signature sound that Dee and $ummers have proven to thrive on time and time again. Once the atmosphere is set up just right, each of the two young artists absolutely floats over the wavy production, coming together to give us yet another hit song to keep on repeat for all of 2018.
Having said that, “Blacked” is only further proof of the talent behind this Jordan-Pippen duo, and based on how hard this one goes, I can only imagine what else these two rising stars have in store for the rest of the year. Be sure to show some love by listening to the new single below.
By: Seamus Fay
Gio Dee, Polo $ummers, Buddy L.U.V., and Seuss – all names that are making waves here in Boston as some of the most promising young talents in the city. Each artist has their own wave, but when they all join forces and put together the dream team, the energy they share turns into quite the force to be reckoned with. Here enters the latest offering from this group of hitmakers titled “Issues”.
Acting as a posse cut of sorts, this track watches each artist trading verses with one another as it sheds light on the individual talents of everyone while still functioning quite well as a collective. The hard-hitting production courtesy of Niaggi is a cherry on top, and it truly seems like every aspect of this single meshes into a well-crafted piece that I’ll certainly have on repeat for the weeks to come.
Be sure not to sleep on this special joining of forces by clicking play on “Issues” below.
By: Seamus Fay
It’s no secret by now that Boston’s own Polo $ummers and Gio Dee have formed an inimitable chemistry with one another throughout their numerous collaborative efforts over time. They run perfectly alongside eachother as a one-two punch in just about any atmosphere sound-wise, and today, returning to our pages with yet another collaboration, we receive a money-minded single titled “Friends” which also features a guest spot from Xanarchy’s Steven Cannon.
This track’s dedication to success and detailed description of the hustles that each of these young talents do in pursuit of success makes for a both intoxicating and relatable listen overall. Anyone can resonate with their undying hunt for Ben Franklins, and with the way that the unique flows represented on this track mesh together, “Friends” provides fans with a perfect sound to start off the year on a high note. Be sure to click play on this standout song below and enjoy what will surely be the soundtrack to getting to the bag during all of 2018.
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
Never ceasing to come through with smooth vocals and an ample supply of emotion, Gio Dee and Polo $ummers have quickly identified themselves as standout names in their hometown of Boston. Together, the duo is virtually unstoppable, proving to be a consistent team with their newest offering “Told Ya”. If you ever doubted either artist, just know that they told you they could make it – and just that is what they’ve done. The hypnotic single, laidback with floating deliveries, reflects on hard work and the success it has yielded. “Told Ya” also furthers itself as proof that both Dee and $ummers are creating their own wave right now, daring anyone to doubt them as they rise to the top.
With Gio Dee’s forthcoming project SuperPowers coming this December, this single is a perfect preview for the heat to come. One aspect of the versatile artist’s skills that I first became a fan of was his ability to talk of success with such a veteran’s perspective, all the while portraying his hopeful perspective for the future to come. By mixing the two elements, Dee is able to create atmospheres of relatability for fans, making the listener’s experience with every release one to remember. “Told Ya” is ready to do numbers, so hop on the wave by clicking play below.
By: Seamus Fay
Angelic background vocals, infectious drum sequences, memorable hooks. All of these elements and more make Polo $ummers’ latest offering “$ad Boi” one of his best tracks to date. The Boston native has been building his own wave for some time now with strong foundations in vocal talent and lyricism, and it has become clear that he doesn’t intend on stopping anytime soon. With skills so approachable and well-packaged, $ummers simply knows how to make music that his fans can relate to and keep on repeat.
“$ad Boi” finds itself ready for the top, contemplating the tough times in life but further realizing the potential that the rising artist and his crew have. It looks at the doubters in the rear view mirror, and I found it refreshing to hear $ummers speak to how much he has achieved. I’m excited for what such a develooped talent may have in store, and I wouldn’t recommend sleeping on him, especially with releases as high quality and consistent as this one. Bless your ears and listen to “$ad Boi” below: