By: Seamus Fay
Since the long-awaited release of Michael Christmas’ third album, Role Model, fans have been flocking towards the Boston native, praising him for the honesty and quality of his latest full-length effort. All of this success arrives deservedly so for Christmas, and in order to celebrate, he’s taking this stellar album on the road with a national tour.
Beginning September 5th in Columbia, Missouri and lasting all the way until November 2nd in Miami, Florida, this tour also features fellow Boston native Vintage Lee as well as the supporting act Matt & Kim. Select dates will include appearances from Sylvan LaCue and none other than the legend himself, OG Swaggerdick.
That being said, cop tickets here and if you haven’t already, listen to Role Model here!
By: Seamus Fay
Last summer was home to a number of huge wins for Boston, two of which took place on the soundtrack of the brand new NBA 2K game, where Vintage Lee’s “Hennythings Possible” and Cousin Stizz’s “Living Like Khaled” made the cut. Today, following this legendary placement, Vintage Lee joins 2KTV for a brand new interview alongside the host, Rachel A. DeMita.
During their conversation, the two speak on Boston, Kyrie Irving, Lee’s favorite Celtics player of all time, her origins as an artist, and much, much more. For any fans of either Lee herself or Boston sports as a whole, this is a must-watch, so be sure to click play at the link below and get ready for new Vintage Lee music on the way later this year!
By: Seamus Fay
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Spotify has been putting together a series of FLOW freestyles from some of our favorite female artists. On that list, of course, is none other than the Roxbury pimp herself, Vintage Lee. In the video posted by the Spotify Twitter below, Lee jumps in for a quick freestyle, making sure to communicate her unmistakable charisma and seamless flows, bar after bar. You can watch it below.
In other news, Vintage Lee was also just featured on Fact Mag with a new interview discussing her musical origins, Boston origins, aspirations for the future, personality, some gems about branding herself, and much more. Show some love to the rising star by reading the article here.
“When people bump my music, I want them to think of just getting your bag. Or if you’re in your feelings, hop out your feelings, go get it, feel motivated.”
By: Seamus Fay
At this point, it goes without saying that Vintage Lee is one of Roxbury’s most promising young stars. Between the widespread success of her debut mixtape, P.I.M.P., her single “Hennythings Possible” landing a spot on the NBA 2K18 soundtrack, and the numerous noteworthy singles that have continued to fuel her wave throughout the past few months, Lee cannot miss right now. Her hometown has embraced this talent with open arms, and today, she’s back on our pages with the announcement of her debut headlining show, “Pimp Paradise”.
Set for February 8th at the Middle East Upstairs, this show will feature additional performances from Valley and HighKeyRandom with the SuperSmashBroz and Fleeaveli on the ones and twos. This is a huge moment not only for Lee’s career but also for Roxbury, as it shows the fact that the city’s local scene refuses to be ignored right now. Venues in Boston may not quite see the vision yet, but when this show sells out, it will be sure to help to open their eyes in investing in local talents and the local fanbase.
And trust me, with the direction that she’s headed, in a year you’ll be wondering how you ever got the chance to see Vintage Lee for only $10. Be sure not to miss this hometown hero’s headlining show and peep the flyer below.
By: Seamus Fay
Vintage Lee has undoubtedly established herself as a top runner in Boston’s budding rap scene, marking her wave with numerous hit singles and her 2017 full-length debut, P.I.M.P. Add this to the extraordinary feat of getting her Tee-WaTT produced banger, “Hennythings Possible” on the NBA 2K18 soundtrack, and you now have a solid understanding of the incredible rap resume that Lee has built up so well. No stranger to our pages, the Roxbury native is back on Graduation Music today with the visual companion for the aforementioned standout track.
For starters, this video illustrates and embraces the charismatic presence that Vintage Lee has shown to be with a carefully-crafted touch as she drives around Roxbury in a luxurious BMW and wears her matching flex-worthy outfit (BTW that sportscoat is too clean). Personally, I find these A_Ciggs & Lauren Brimeyer-directed visuals to be the perfect match for such an unforgiving song, and this new release only reminded me of the sky-high potential that Lee truly possesses.
This Roxbury pimp on the way to the top, so be sure to show some love and check out the new video for “Hennythings Possible” below.
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
2017 has been Vintage Lee’s year. Coming through with the full court press on each and every one of her releases as of yet, the Roxbury native is running up the score and keeping the success coming with her newest song “SPiCE UP”. From the moment I saw that Tee-WaTT x M. Ali production credit, I knew I was in for a hit. And that’s just what I got.
“SPiCE UP” is a flex-filled canvas of raw charisma and lyricism, in essence, furthering the pimp character that we have become so fond of with a great deal of confidence and skill. Between an endless supply of quotable bars and ample personality within every word, it’s simply an honor to watch such a talented artist offer her fans more than just some songs; With the way she packages herself and keeps it honest on every track, Vintage Lee is offering her fans a lifestyle.
She’s a textbook example of how to create your own wave, and it’s becoming clear that this wave hasn’t even hit its prime yet. There are worlds of success to come for Vintage Lee in the near future, and she’s ready to show it off to the world. To put it simply, this rising star has the sauce and she’s not giving it up by any means. Don’t sleep, give “SPiCE UP” a listen below.
By: Shamus Hill
The Boston Music Awards recently uploaded their first installment of 617Sessions, a music series that they’ve created with the focus being providing local artists with professional studio time. The playlist doesn’t have a uniform sound, however, with that being said, each of the artists involved does a tremendous job with their song placement.
Haasan Barclay’s “The Trip” was the first of the tracks to really stand out to me. I’ve been a huge fan of his unique sound for quite some time, and this song most certainly didn’t disappoint. The combination of the drums and guitar right off the bat offer some mellow feels, which Haasan soon after ties altogether with his wonderful vocals.
The second standout off of 617Sessions: Class of 2017 was Big Leano’s “Bowls”. We’re currently teetering on the edge of PACKULA Season, and with that being said, any new Big Leano is cause to drop everything you’re doing and listen. Following his most recent release “Broke”, Leano is only creating even more buzz for his next project. It’s safe to say he’s in his bag with “Bowls” and “Broke” being two of his hottest tracks to date.
In addition to Haasan and Leano, Vintage Lee is another artist that added her own hit into the mix. The production on “My Own” is straight up masterful and she flows effortlessly over it. “These days I been coolin’ all on my own!” sounds Lee during the chorus, and that shit has me hitting the Uzi shoulder harder than Lil Uzi Vert himself. She’s had herself a busy year, and with the successful release of her debut mixtape PiMP and even placement on NBA 2k18’s soundtrack, she’s proven time and time again that she’s here to stay.
Huge shoutout to the Boston Music Awards for coming up with their 617Sessions Series, as its already showcased a tremendous amount of up-and-coming talent from the area. Be sure to listen to some of the other featured artists too, as they’re all extremely talented and putting on for the city in their own respects. Much love to everyone involved who brought this project to life. Stream the entirety of 617Sessions: Class of 2017 below: