Disclaimer: this might be the hardest shit you’ll hear all year.
It’s not often we cover artists without even so much as a mixtape behind them, but Cozz is a worthy exception. The 20-year-old L.A. rapper makes his debut with “Dreams,” a ferocious, determined and almost desperate account of one man striving for success. From the opening line (“Always had dreams of being rich, huh!”), Cozz commands your attention. He holds it like a vice throughout with his tenacious delivery, melodic undertones and clever punchlines: “N***a, you listen to Casey Veggies/You ain’t about beef.” Meez’s gunshot-laced production packs plenty of punch, but Cozz’ bars refuse to be beaten.
Despite claiming that he’s “not at all” a gangsta rapper, Cozz is up there with Vince Staples and Joey Fatts as one of Cali’s rawest rookies. We’re excited to see what this kid comes with next.
Watch after the jump…
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