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:
By: Shamus Hill
Van Buren Records seemingly never sleeps, as the collective releases new material at a rate that mimics the speed of light. Once again, the Brockton-based collective of creatives makes their way back onto the MMR airwaves, this time with Jiles' music video for "Free Lunch".
This track, which comes off of Jiles' It's Not Much, But It's Mine (Deluxe), features Jiles rapping alongside many of Van Buren's affiliates. Equipped with shots in both Boston and Brockton, Jiles' latest visual puts the state of Massachusetts at the forefront.
Jiles' artistry is extremely gritty, and doesn't shy away from any of what he's endured throughout his life. He's always shown his authentic self, which has been something that has truly assisted him with respect to the construction of his fanbase. He speaks on behalf of many from both Brockton, and other communities across the United States, and their experiences.
Quite literally making music for a greater purpose than simply himself, Jiles is an artist that you should really be listening to right now.
Watch the official music video for "Free Lunch" below:
By: Shamus Hill
Boston's CAEV has routinely showcased why he's one of the most versatile artists within both the state of Massachusetts and beyond. Today, he makes his debut onto the Mass Music Radio Blog following the release of the official music video for his brand new song titled "Is What It Is".
Shot by CAEV, Raheem Hercule, Zhamak Fullad, Henry McGowan, and JMP, all close friends of CAEV, this visual is truly a stand-out. Similar to BoriRock's music video for "Exciting" which dropped earlier in the year, this video provides viewers with a glimpse toward who some of the people closest to CAEV are. It really shows who CAEV is at his core, subsequently doing a great job at connecting CAEV to his fanbase.
Produced by Brockton's Isaiah Valmont, "Is What It Is" is the latest addictive offering to be added to CAEV's discography. His single "High As My Fashion" received a countless amount of spins on Mass Music Radio over the course of the last year, and it seems as though "Is What It Is" will soon be taking over a similar role on our airwaves.
CAEV's sonic capabilities are simply unmatched, and the way he constructs his music truly stands out amongst most artists. Be sure to keep a lookout for what's next to come from this Boston artist, as he's only just getting started.
Watch the official music video for "Is What It Is" below:
By: Mike Scarfo
Multi-talented composer and producer, Shane Dylan, is generally known around Boston’s indie music scene for his slick keyboard grooves and live instrumental sets. However, Shane has steadily built momentum for a thunderous full-length collaborative album set to release later this year, featuring some of Boston’s most talented artists. He previously released “The Camera Fades to Black” with Evan Wright and Marquis Filthy in 2019, followed by the smooth and jazzy “Last Week” featuring Kofi Lost in late 2020, both serving as lead singles for the upcoming project.
Now in 2021, Shane returns with his most dynamic single yet titled “Storm”, as he links up with rapper SeeFour and jazz vocalist Naledi Masilo. SeeFour delivers lead vocals, capturing the “gruesome scene” of a person’s life filled with vices of materialism and societal pressures; his lyricism is a vivid portrayal of all-consuming gloom:
“Shot at with Triple beams, fear is the newest fad / You getting too attached, about to go catch a bag / Hard knock life kid, heard you was living fast / And then it starts to get bad when cousin and granny passed / Smaller is getting better, better is feeling wack / The devil is on your back with evil and pity laughs”.
SeeFour furthers the narrative by addressing our tendency to draw comparisons to others through social media, claiming “being social ain’t the norm, people pay [him] to
perform”. His message connects with the idea that our insecurities are heightened by constant exposure to digital interpretations of fame and success. Lyrically, “Storm” reflects the resiliency of overcoming these insecurities, while the orchestration juxtaposes an illustratively dark, stormy aesthetic. SeeFour’s passionate, often drawn-out vocals are the perfect melodic pairing with Shane’s synth-sounding key progressions on the bridge.
Naledi Masilo’s lush vocals on the hook contrast beautifully over an eclectic ensemble that features colorful keys from Shane, and a melancholy brass section led by Tim Hall, Miles Keingstein, & Matt Estabrook. JP Heston adds smooth bass chords along with energetic percussion from Romarna Campbell, providing depth and fullness to the production palette. Shane ends with an emphatic keyboard solo, ultimately intensifying the mood of the track to a climactic ending. Every instrumental element on “Storm” blends harmoniously on top of subtle rain and thunder samples, creating a cinematically profound sonic experience.
Be on the lookout for the official music video for “Storm” coming soon, directed by Christ Genty. “Storm” was recorded at The Bridge Sound and Stage, and was mixed and mastered by Ryan Renteria.
Stream "Storm" below:
By: Shamus Hill
Hailing from Lowell, Massachusetts is Lil Rich - an artist, producer, and all-around creative who's been making his mark on the music industry over the course of the last couple of years.
While many may be familiar with his name because of his production credits on music by YG, DaBaby, Cousin Stizz, BIA, and more, Lil Rich is setting out to change the narrative in 2021. He first came across my radar as a part of the Lowell-based group StupidGenius several years ago, but it's apparent that this year he's embarking on a mission towards developing his solo-career.
"Grand Prix" is the second single of his to be released so far this year, and is the first to be the recipient of its own music video. Featuring glamorous shots of a winter wonderland, Joshua Valle truly excelled with respect to giving "Grand Prix" the visual it deserved. This is a track that you'll most definitely be hearing on the MMR airwaves throughout the coming months, so definitely be sure to give it a spin!
Watch the official music video for Lil Rich's "Grand Prix" below:
By: Shamus Hill
Boston based rapper, Juxi, starts his 2021 on a high note following the release of his well-crafted single "Action".
2020 proved to be a big one with respect to Juxi's musical career. Not only did he drop two projects: Here4TheParty and In No Rush, but he released a plethora of singles that have added formidable layers to his discography. While he's been making good music for some time now, it's been in the last year or so where his sound has become tremendously refined. Juxi is really figuring out what works well for him in terms of music, and as each new release comes out, I grow with more and more excitement to hear his development.
While there are many different components of his musical catalog that I enjoy, "Action" has quickly risen towards the top of the pack. In a time where Drill-infused production has put mainstream airwaves into a figurative headlock, Juxi finds a way to hop on the wave in a manner that is unique to who he is as an artist. In short, this song was put together tremendously, and once you give it the first spin, you'll likely be giving it a thousand more.
Listen to Juxi's latest release, "Action", below:
By: Shamus Hill
Fearless Music Group affiliate, K.I.L, makes his debut onto the Mass Music Radio airwaves following the release of the official music video for his song "NO I.D".
Coming off of his 2020 Separation EP, "NO I.D" is the first track off of this tape to receive its own visual treatment. While the EP rests at roughly 12 minutes in length, the project is not lacking in terms of showcasing K.I.L's skillset. He's a really talented writer, and the way he's able to construct a song is worthy of praise.
Like many who are reading this right now, this release was the first time that I came across K.I.L's discography. While he may be in the pre-limbs of establishing his fan base, the team here at Mass Music Radio is loving what we're hearing thus far. Be on the lookout for what's next to come from Boston rapper K.I.L.
Watch the official music video "NO I.D" below:
CONNIS' MUSIC VIDEO FOR "SPF 30" PROVIDES AN INTIMATE GLIMPSE TOWARDS WHO THE CAMBRIDGE RAPPER IS AT HIS CORE
By: Shamus Hill
Despite the fact that he moved across the country to New Orleans this past year, Connis is still very much connected to the state of Massachusetts on an extremely deep-rooted level. While relocating to someplace different than one's hometown may seem incredibly daunting, Connis has done so out of the necessity to grow - something that's been a theme within his catalog of music for quite some time now.
Shot by his partner, Hannah Ashe, the video for "SPF 30" depicts their cross-country move to New Orleans. Equipped with candid shots throughout their journey, this video does a truly brilliant job with respect to showcasing the person that Connis is at his core. "SPF 30" features production from Boston based producer Gib DJ, who excels at crafting a sound that feels both jovial and dreamy.
This song serves as the debut single for Connis' upcoming project Somewhere To Go, which is slated to come out later on this year, so if you've been enjoying what you've heard on "SPF 30", then be sure to keep Connis on your radar as the year progresses.
Watch the official music video for "SPF 30" below:
BOSTON RAPPER, AVENUE, MAKES HIS PRESENCE FELT ON NEW PROJECT ALONGSIDE E.N.G CREATIONS, 'BROWNSTONES'
By: Shamus Hill
For those of you out there who've been keeping a keen ear to the everblooming Massachusetts music scene, you'll easily recognize the name Avenue. If I had to describe the Boston based MC in one word, I'd likely utilize the word "persistent". Since hearing his music for the first time way back in 2012, his distinctive ability to rap has consistently been at the forefront of his discography. In a time where both authenticity and potency are more necessary in music than ever, Avenue's latest EP, BROWNSTONES, serves as the lighthouse within the depths of a coastal storm.
Since the project's debut this past week, BROWNSTONES has been making its rounds throughout the internet. "Bob The Chefs", a song that has ultimately grown to become my favorite component off of this EP, was the first to receive a visual treatment. Equipped with scenes of Avenue rapping around Boston during a Nor' Easter, it's safe to say that he whole-heartedly embodies the energy that's prevalent within Beantown.
It's within the closing moments of the song, however, when this statement rings truer than ever. Avenue declares, "I'm really from the Town, but I ain't got the accent", something that truly characterizes what it's like to be an individual from Boston.
Those who've grown up here are well-aware of the stereotypical Irish male that comes to mind when thinking of the city of Boston, however for years this narrative has been challenged by none other than those who are from the city itself. On his latest project, Avenue does so directly -- something that has drawn me even closer to this EP than I had already been upon my first listen.
If you're a fan of Avenue's and want to support him directly, then the team here at Mass Music Radio highly suggests purchasing his BROWNSTONES EP on the next Bandcamp Friday (March 5th, 2021), during which all money raised will go directly to Avenue!