As the New York City Hip Hop community continues its perpetual search for saviors, an artist from South Central Los Angeles stopped in at Sounds of Brazil Tuesday night to share his story. Cozz is a 22 year old MC with his eyes on the prize. Initially signed to his own imprint, Tha Committee Records, Cozz secured a deal with Dreamville/Interscope in 2014 and soon released his debut album, Cozz & Effect. He performed few songs from the debut in his first headlining set at SOB’s, instead powering through tracks from his new mixtape Nothin’ Personal, released at the top of 2016.
A dedicated legion of Cozz supporters filled SOBs on a Tuesday night, many decked in their freshest Dreamville garments. Cozz opted for a crisp white LeBron James jersey and provided the energy to match. During “All Eyes on Me” and “Who Said,” Cozz connected with his aggressive, often rapid-fire delivery; for “Grow,” “Grey Goose,” and “Choice Today,” he comfortably mellowed the vibes.
Cozz is stern on the mic, yet still wears a smile and carries a welcoming demeanor. We would not say the same about the man who preceded him on stage, Dave East. The Mass Appeal signee hopped straight into a well-received set of tunes from Hate Me Now, including “KD” and “Forbes List.” Dave towers at 6’5” and has a growling stoicism onstage that exudes confidence. Though some may have secretly held out hope for a Nas or J. Cole guest appearance, neither Cozz or Dave East brought any guests onto the stage. Judging by the crowd’s raucous energy, they didn’t need him.
Young Lito however, did bring family to the stage. After a few hard-hitting songs of his own, Lito was joined by his BSB Records teammate, Troy Ave for “All About the Money.” The show was opened by a Little Rock, Arkansas native with an amazing name: Rent Money. His set was backed by a live drummer and fused Christian themes with booming bass beats.
All in all, it was a thorough night in New York City. Nas was not let down.