By: Shamus Hill
Boston-based creatives Skydad and Pillbook unite their forces in order to bring their newest single "STAY" into existence.
The other day while perusing the Boston Music Scene Reddit, I came across Pillbook's official music video for "HIT LOW" off of his recent album El Primer Paso. His vocal talents were something that were made apparent within the first 30 seconds of the song, and I was incredibly excited to have found yet another amazing artist that's from the Boston area.
In addition to Pillbook's artistic capabilities, Skydad is also in possession of a really solid voice. The way he conveys emotion through his vocal work is phenomenal, and it truly seems as though he's nestled into his own niche with respect to his sound. By the sound of how his musical catalog has been coming together, I would not anticipate Skydad OR Pillbook going anywhere, anytime soon.
Listen to Skydad and Pillbook's "STAY" below:
By: Shamus Hill
Brockton's Benjy Ali is no stranger to Mass Music Radio listeners, as his music has been featured on our playlists that are catered not only to the local scene here in Massachusetts, but to fans of R&B music worldwide. Benjy's talent is, simply put, undeniable, as the Massachusetts native is in possession of one of the most phenomenal, distinctive voices in music right now.
This past weekend, Benjy finally blessed fans with some new music, as he debuted the first release of his in 2021 - a new single titled "MISTAKES". Much like many of his past release, "MISTAKES" serves as somewhat of a playground overwhich Benjy Ali exhibits his skilled vocal capabilities. He manages to construct luscious melodies seemingly with ease, and the way he sings is wonderfully dreamy. There's no shortage of capable artists in Brockton, Massachusetts currently, however it is certainly apparent that Benjy is in a lane of his own.
Easily within my top three personal favorite artists in Massachusetts right now, I highly suggest spending some time with Benjy Ali's music.
By: Shamus Hill
Returning to the Mass Music Radio Airwaves today is Boston's own, OG Swaggerdick, with the official music video for "Olives".
Coming off of his 2021 album Flaccid Rap, "Olives" was one of the tracks that had initially eluded me following my first listen through the project. The entirety of this release was exceptional, however I was especially stuck on "Let Out Boyz Anthem" and "Might Get Rich" at first. However, once I began to familiarize myself more with "Olives", it was game over from there. Upon seeing that the song had received its own visual treatment at the hands of JYFILMZ, I was incredibly excited to see what the finished product was looking like.
The entirety of this project was produced by Maka Oceania, who's been aspiring to collaborate alongside OG Swaggerdick for quite some time now:
The way these two were able to combine their truest talents on Flaccid Rap is most definitely noteworthy, especially considering the fact that these two have been staples within the Massachusetts music scene for quite some time now. When great people work with great people, great things tend to happen, and this is exactly what we've seen with this visual.
Watch the official music video for "Olives" below:
By: Shamus Hill
Name Change makes his way onto the Mass Music Radio Airwaves following the release of the official music video for "Austin" featuring Paris Williams.
From start to finish, "Austin" radiates energy that's full of warmth, with Name Change exchanging vocals that are reminiscent of a gleaming dreamscape. Paris Williams, who's featured on this track, adds to this sentiment with a well-balanced verse, one that circulates around hope and being grateful.
While he may be originally from Las Vegas, and currently based in Los Angeles - Name Change spent the last few years of his life as a student in Massachusetts. While he's been making music for quite some time now, it wasn't until the last few years when he began utilizing the moniker Name Change. While he was in college, he ended up legally changing his last name, something that ultimately sparked the idea to release music under Name Change.
"Austin" is the lead single off of Name Change's upcoming EP, Faces From A Movie, which is slated to be released this May. If you enjoyed this release, then the staff here at Mass Music Radio highly suggests that you mark your calendar for this project. Be sure to listen to more of Massachusetts' best artists, only on Mass Music Radio.
Watch the official music video for "Austin" below:
By: Shamus Hill
Equipped with a New England Patriots jersey and a freshly-rolled joint, Premo.Dee is channeling some true Sunday energy on his latest release, "MaddenMadMan (Freestyle)".
The Brockton native has been featured on our platform several times in the past, as we've even been grateful for the opportunity to feature him on our Artist Spotlight series this past year. An EP and a couple of singles later, Premo.Dee is here to start the first quarter of 2021 off on a hot note, unleashing some brand new bars that'll keep listeners returning for more.
He possesses a very nonchalant, casual manner about himself, and this is something that ultimately becomes relayed in Premo.Dee's music. Everything just feels so natural and falls into place with perfect precision, reminiscent of autumn leaves traveling to the forest floor. Laced with production by Tee8, "MaddenMadMan (Freestyle)" is a reflective offering that just might rest as one of Premo's best thus far in his career.
Watch the official music video for "MaddenMadMan (Freestyle)" below:
By: Shamus Hill
The brotherly duo, Brevin Kim, graces the Mass Music Radio Airwaves once again - this time with the official music video for their recent song "Manzanita St.".
Though it was originally released alongside "!holyshitohmygod1" early last August, both "Manzanita St." and the aforementioned song eventually ended up on the duo's 2020 album, no less than three. "Manzanita St." follows down a much more pop-influenced path than most of Brevin Kim's discography, but being the fact that Boston is about to see a stretch of 50 degree days this week, this is the exact type of track that we all needed. Both Bren and Cal take turns showcasing their vocal excellence, ultimately constructing a feel-good track that'll engrain itself within the mind of the listener.
The Arizona based production company, Overcast, was tasked with bringing the visual for this song to life, and they truly delivered with this release. Brevin Kim have always done an exceptional job with the direction of their music videos, and the team at Overcast most certainly catered to Brevin Kim's overall aesthetic perfectly. If you're interested in watching more music videos from some of today's most amazing underground/blossoming artists, then Mass Music Radio definitely suggests paying a visit to Overcast's YouTube page.
Watch the official music video for Brevin Kim's "Manzanita St." below:
By: Mike Scarfo
As human beings, we talk to ourselves constantly whether we realize it or not. Positive self-talk is imperative when it comes to intrinsic motivation and encouragement, yet our minds can encompass negativity and doubt that can be equally as damaging. Often, it’s our own conscious that's holding us back more than anything else, especially once we allow those repressive thoughts to enter our psyche. Hence why the classic sentiment of “being our own worst enemy” is all too applicable in today’s social climate. Marcel Stephon explores the concept of self-talk on his new genre-blending single “That’s All”, as he airs out his thoughts from multiple perspectives, subsequently resulting in his most introspective song to date. ,
The Gardner, Massachusetts based Hip-Hop artist juxtaposes his aspirations with his insecurities on “That’s All”, as he contemplates dreams of being a full-time musician. Marcel candidly conveys imagery of luxurious cars, voluptuous women, and expensive liquor throughout the verses of the song: his melodic, nonchalant delivery highlighting society’s portrayal of fame.
However, the hook of “That’s All” shifts the song’s mood completely, creating contrast through emphatic double-time flows and honest lyricism. Marcel details feelings of pressure and anguish in a relatable way that ultimately becomes a reflection of his own self-worth. For example, the plain language of “I’m just tryna make it that’s all” appears simplistic on the surface, but its constant repetition emphasizes the urgency for Marcel to manifest his own version of success, even if it costs the “state of [his] health”.
The hook essentially represents Marcel’s attempt to “keep it real” with himself while recognizing the difficulty of doing so, as he simultaneously portrays his own battles with faith and even suicidal thoughts. The religious reference of “looking for a cross just to nail myself” is controversially chilling, while the stubbornness of “don’t nobody need to see me, I can play like stealth” acts as a defense mechanism to prevent others from harming or taking advantage of him. The blunt irony, of course, is that Marcel realizes he is the only one who can truly keep him from reaching notoriety and success, all the while questioning the long-term satisfaction he’ll gain from it. But the idea of staying complacent in the current state of his life is not fulfilling either, which forces him to continue craving the “mansions, McLarens, and Bentleys” that come along with widespread fame.
The instrumentation on “That’s All” glaringly stands out amongst the rest of Marcel’s catalog: an almost folk-sounding acoustic guitar loop syncs beautifully with subtle drums and hi-hats. The aesthetic is raw and emotional, perfectly conveying the mood and overall message embedded within Marcel’s lyrical delivery. In essence, the production of “That’s All” sees Marcel getting out of his comfort zone, which coincidentally is a theme he outlines in his bars.
“That’s All” is a song that is widely accessible to its audience through thought-provoking content and catchy melodies. Marcel’s realization of self-confidence and honesty, along with its sonic appeal, makes “That’s All” a huge step forward in his musical journey.
Listen to Marcel Stephon's "That's All" below:
JOHAN LENOX SPEAKS ON HIS UPCOMING ALBUM, WHAT IT'S LIKE TO WORK WITH ONE'S IDOLS, AND HOW HE'S GOING ABOUT CONNECTING CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH THAT OF CONTEMPORARY TIMES
By: Shamus Hill
Johan Lenox isn't your ordinary musician. While still attending elementary school, he managed to teach himself how to play the piano - something that would truly foreshadow what the next few decades of his life would entail. By the age of 26, he was traveling to various corners of the Globe, witnessing massive orchestras perform the music that Johan himself had composed. He was really making an imprint on the classical music community, something that up until now, I didn't know was too prevalent within Boston's music community. Fast forward to today, Johan Lenox is gearing up for the release of he debut album: What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up. His resume is jam-packed with a long list of some of the music industry's biggest elites: including Kanye West, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Vic Mensa, and so many more. Our Program Director, Shamus Hill, recently sat down with Johan to discuss his upcoming album, what it's like to work with one's idols, and how he's going about connecting classical music with that of contemporary times.
Listen to our interview with Winchester's Johan Lenox below:
By: Shamus Hill
Boston-based artist, Malary, returns to the Mass Music Radio Airwaves today with the newest addition to his discography - "Lessons".
While this may be the first time you're hearing Malary's name, you're certainly not alone, as the Boston native maintains a low profile - truly letting his art speak for himself. Full of a wide array of emotion that circulates around longing for love, Malary's music fuses both R&B and Hip-Hop music in an incredible fashion. While it may still be early with respect to his musical career, it's apparent that he's found his own sound, which is something that I suspect will lead to some amazing developments within his catalog of music as time continues.
If this is your first taste of Malary's music, then the team here at MMR also suggests listening to the rest of his discography, specifically "Love Me". He'll be receiving some spins on Mass Music Radio as well, so be sure to stay locked into our stream!
Listen to Malary's new single "Lessons" below:
By: Shamus Hill
Making his way onto the Mass Music Radio airwaves once again today is Boston's Trottie Y Gizzle, who just released the official music video for his new single "Far Away".
Since appearing on my radar following the release of "Free My Brothers" in late 2020, Y Gizzle has quickly risen up the ranks as one of the more formidable artists in Massachusetts. Upon first listen, one will hear the melodic fashion in which he delivers his bars, but the true gold is found when you really listen to what he's saying. For lack of better phrasing, this dude is really rapping his ass off.
Trottie Y Gizzle utilizes "Far Away" to reflect on what he would say to his family upon his passing. The emotion-drenched offering reflects on the often forgotten side of street life, where life is lost and loved ones are taken far too soon. As mentioned above, Y Gizzle knows how to orchestrate his raps in a meaningful fashion, but the melodic style of delivery here really pushes the sentiment over the top. One can literally feel the emotion with each passing second, which is something that has really helped Trottie Y Gizzle's music connect with me on a deep level. He's truly a prolific artist, and is only gaining more momentum as each new release of his comes forth.
Watch the official music video for Trottie Y Gizzle's "Far Away" below: