Just over a couple of years ago, the man now known as graves wasn’t known for his producing ability, but his sound engineering skills. In fact, I bet you didn’t know that Christian Mochizuki had already won a Grammy for his work on Kanye West’s all-time greatest album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It is indeed true that before graves was “graves,” he was known for his talents behind the scene, instead of on stage. However, with his debut EP released today, he’s made the full shift into the limelight.
Even though graves has already earned the most prestigious award in the music industry, Hilo marks an important part in his career. Until now, graves was merely putting out singles on his SoundCloud for free download, slowly but surely making a name for himself as a producer. Eventually, people started catching on, realizing that this guy was releasing songs with production quality matched by few others in the game. If anything, Hilo shows that graves continues to grow, and the sky’s the limit for him.
The EP itself has everything you’d want from graves right now. Hilo has hip-hop, slower R&B jams, massive future bass drops, and more. If you scroll through his SoundCloud, you’ll see that graves has a knack for collaborating with underground and relatively unknown producers, and he does the same with Hilo. The features on this album include names like: bbno$, Rayless, Mitch Geist, Locate Emilio, Aviella, & Lil Traffic. Maybe I’m sleeping on a lot of good music, because all of these names were unknown to me before listening to this EP. Each artist must have been handpicked by graves himself, because they all execute their parts perfectly. Production collaborators include the well known Hex Cougar and Boombox Cartel.
If you weren’t a fan of graves before, Hilo will certainly change that. Go ahead and stream the full EP right here: