Cousin Stizz blasted the hip-hop scene with his recent mixtape release, "Monda." Following his groundbreaking debut mixtape, "Suffolk County," this brand new release blinks an eye to the versatility and creativity that are at the core of this rapper's vision.
"Monda" is a more complex, captivating and multi-layered mixtape, striking a unique balance between appealing melodies, old school grooves and direct lyrical flow. On this release, Cousin Stizz collaborated with Cardo and Lakim as producers, while he also featured fellow artist Larry June. Most mixtapes are built around a whole lot of producers and ton of guests, but on Monda, Cousin Stizz focuses on highlighting his own identity, image and style. The songs on this mixtape fall somewhere in between the flare and appeal of Chance The Rapper and the innovative approach of Kendrick Lamar.
Monda is a mixtape that showcases talent, but more importantly, it is a release that showcases vision. Many artists can whip up a bunch of songs and call it a mixtape, but few performers are actually able to team up with a selected group of producers and selected limited guests in order to create something with personality, style and mass appeal.
His latest single, "Living Like Khaled", is bold, witty and uncompromising. The song takes an ironic outlook at the over-the-edge, larger-than-life attitude of world-famous DJ Khaled, under the scope of Cousin Stizz's clever rhymes and diligent lyrical work. Even the most seamless and unassuming line of this sound is actually very detailed and compelling, showcasing the artist's unique vision and strong commitment to improving his status as a rapper.
His driving force transcends fame and money, and it goes back deep to some humble goals: Cousin Stizz has a primary goal: he wants to be able to support his family with his music, and in order to do that, he knows that he needs to stay on top of his game and constantly challenge himself, his audience and the rap scene as a whole.