Yung Lano – “Cat in the Hat” (Official Music Video)

By: Shamus Hill

Yung Lano returns to the Graduation Music site today with the release of the official video for “Cat In The Hat”. This Stoop Kid-produced track was featured on his 2017 project titled Revenue, which was hosted by none other than Boston’s SuperSmashBroz.

The video is pieced-together wonderfully, helping to bring a truly refreshing feeling to this release. Yung Lano hails from Hyde Park, and his consistently on-point, well-calculated delivery is something that’ll surely assist him in gaining notoriety throughout the blossoming Boston music scene. Make sure to keep Yung Lano on your radar in 2019.

Watch the visuals for Yung Lano’s “Cat In The Hat” below:

FAbzabove – “The Rush” (Prod. StoopKid)

By: Shamus Hill

FAbzabove and StoopKid make their return to the Graduation Music site today, this time with an ambient release titled “The Rush”. The last time this pair combined forces was on FAbzabove’s “3x”, an addictive track that debuted in August of 2017. Putting an end to the collaborative hiatus between the pair, both FAbzabove and StoopKid have put their best foot forward, making “The Rush” a solid offering to start off the year.

If you’re someone that avidly listens to FAbzabove’s discography, you’ll note the fact that this offering is a switch-up in his typical sound. For the most part, FAbzabove’s music is very energetic and in-your-face, however this is not the case with “The Rush”. He takes time to hone his melodic presence on this track, diving into the feelings accompanied by a sudden “rush” of love. Simply put, “The Rush” is a beautiful piece of work that will be sure to stand-out amongst the remainder of FAbzabove’s collection of releases.

Listen to “The Rush” below:

Artist: FAbzabove

Production: StoopKid

Mix/Master: Brad Feeney + Chuck Kennedy

Sir South ft. Big Leano – “Anyways” (Prod. StoopKid)

By: Shamus Hill 

Featured in the second episode of GRADUATION MUSIC RADIO, Sir South and Big Leano recently collaborated on South’s first single of 2018, “Anyways” – an ode to how little mind the duo pays towards certain women in their lives. Instinctually, I was drawn in by the Big Leano feature, but what has kept me listening to the track over and over again has been South’s exceptional work on each of his verses. The combination of Leano’s intoxicating hook and South’s lyricism make this another track that the city should be proud of, and being my first taste of Sir South’s music, I was pleasantly surprised to find yet another young talent from the Boston area to get behind.

In addition to the work put in by South and Leano, local producer Stoop Kid has once again delivered an incredible job on the boards with this one. Everywhere I look, Stoop Kid’s name has been popping up as of late, producing a few of my favorite tracks to come out of Boston in recent memory. With this, considering the track that he’s on, Stoop’s catalog is growing with new gems by the day, and we’re here for it. That being said, Listen to Sir South ft. Big Leano “Anyways” 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

Pistola – “P.I.S.T.O.L.A.”

By: Seamus Fay

As 2017 comes to a close and many artists make their last power moves for the year to end things on a high note, we are currently in the midst of hearing some of the best music we have heard all year. Everyone is topping their previously-set highs, and back on our pages to join the club is none other than Pistola. Today, the Boston native is back to bless the streets with a wavy, ELEVATOR-premiered new single and matching visuals under the name “P.I.S.T.O.L.A.”

Indicative of the incredibly infectious fows that Stola always seems to have up his sleeve when it comes time for new music, this single utilizes the wavy production via Stoop Kid to light things off and make room for the young artist’s relaxed flows and lyrical gems. With that being said, the track also comes off as both flex-filled and calm at the same time, only reinforced by the @XandrosPhoto-directed visuals in all of their colorful glory and abundant effects. I could keep going on, but I recommend peeping this new release for yourself below. If this is any hint as to what Stola has coming, I don’t suggest sleeping on him in the new year. He’s got next.

 

Rafael Arturo – “Studio Time” With Valley & Stoop Kid

By: Seamus Fay

Rafael Arturo has quietly been solidifying himself as one of Boston’s finest filmmakers and designers through a series of well-crafted short films of the life that he lives day to day and a sharp insight as to what it means to be a creator in a city of so much young talent nowadays.

Earlier this morning, the local creative released a VHS-styled short video of a trip to the studio with rising stars Valley and Stoop Kid, detailed with a thoughtful guitar instrumental playing in the background that sets an intimate, personal atmosphere and gives fans a closer look at the process behind the hits we know and love. Check it out below and keep an eye on Rafael Arturo because he’s been consistently dropping some incredible visual content lately. Don’t sleep.