I found out about Cousin Stizz when my british music plug tipped me off to his song 500 Horses (link at the bottom) while we were driving past the Hamlet in Dover back in 2016. Cousin Stizz subsequently became the sound track of the whole next year for me. Stizzle hails from Boston, Massachuessets. Specifically Suffolk County which happens to be the title of his debut mixtape which doesn’t sound like a mixtape at all especially one written by someone who hadn’t been pursuing rap all that long before being released. The production, the art work, the content, all sound like a veteran artists project.
When I first heard Suffolk County I thought he was from the DMV the way he referenced his enviornment; it sounded like something I had experienced personally. What it turned out to be was a god-given ability to be relatable. Stizz is named aptly for his close family like relationship with everyone in his city so when he raps it feels like you know him personally. Suffolk County takes you on a journey through his trap which makes you realize all traps are really the same. Kinda of reminds me of the way Nas brings you to Queens on illmatic. The lingo and the concepts bring you to all the deals and OG’s he grew up around and that helped mold him into the man he is. The abundance of witty bars is out of the ordinary in a debut artist. Dropping IG caption’s on each bar almost by acceident as if his brain had just been storing wisdom all his life waiting for a moment to leak it all.
He brings a completely a new sound to the table. Best described as a cross between Max B and Pimp C with a raw escobarian delivery. He show’s versatility in his approach with deep album cuts like Fed Up and Jordan Fade that take you bring you face to face with the struggles he endured while trying to make it up out of the bucket. He takes you on melodic tours through his regal tinted sunglasses on Fresh Prince. One of my favorite tracks on Suffolk County is “No Bells” which takes the mixtape’s grit to a new peak. “Who you know from out here?” is an anthem that transcends coasts. He follows these singles up with layered albums cuts filled with transcuelent bars on tracks like “No Explanation” a ballad about the qualms of growing up black in the inner city.
His sophmore project “titled” Monda is dedicated to his lil’ homie who passed away (See Stizz’s left arm”). This is the album that features the song “500 Horses” I mentioed earlier. I took to Stizz quickly because how well he articulated what it actually felt like to lose a homie without making it corny. It’s real easy to fuck that up; instead Stizz handled it like only an old soul would with the utmost care.
Monda is as you could probably assume is alot more personal bringing you right into Stizz’s world right from the jump. The transitions on this album are more solidified as he guides you threw a the nights of his life. Expressing the griefs of losing friends and channelling it all into raw ambition that can be heard on every track. Despite the darker tone Stizz still hits you hard with the uplifting bars while continuing the dope story telling that he began with. The melodic sythns are still there echoing in the brackground to keep you tuned in on the journey threw his mind. The last song on the project is another anthem called Where I Came From where he fuses what he learned in Fresh Prince and No Bells to completely destroy the beat and leave anyone who listen to Monda rooting for Stizz to win.
Monda was followed by a highly anticipated One Night Only in the second half of 2017. Highly anticipated because it was the first one I was a full blown fan for. One Night Only explores the highlights of Stizz’s newfound success in the industry. A healthy change of pace where Stizz demonstrates his ability to make create a brand new party vibe. Remincsent of an early Wiz Khalifa but with a more well rounded sound. One Night Only boast tracks like Paper Calling, Jo Bros, No Ice, Lambo, and Headlock which features Offset of the Migos. Despite the fact that this kind of a party album it features those gritty gritty hood hood bars Stizz is so known for. The bars, the vibe, and the production combine here for a dope junior project.
Most recently Stizz has been steadily releasing singles and EP’s. Coldtimes and All Add’s Up both are three song EP’s that show our favorite cousin still pushing and exploring sonic ranges. Still growing and still developing Stizz is another DOPE Hip-Hop lyrcist that the XXL has passed on for now two solid years in a row. How?