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A native of Boston, Cousin Stizz is an MC with a direct, laid-back flow and confident lyrics about his life experiences.
He grew up listening to '90s hip-hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest and the Notorious B.I.G., but when he heard Southern rapper Gucci Mane, he became enamored with the slow, hypnotic beats of trap. Initially a member of a group called Pilot Nation, Stizz set out on his own, releasing his debut, Suffolk County, as a free download in 2015. With minimal promotion, the release gained a word-of-mouth following, attracting the attention of Drake and Mac Miller (who invited Stizz to open for him on tour). Second mixtape Monda, named after a friend who passed away as a teenager, appeared in 2016. Suffolk County was issued on vinyl by Omertà, Inc. in 2017, the same year Stizz signed to RCA Records. The "Headlock" single (featuring Offset of Migos) preceded One Night Only, which dropped in May. Moving quickly, Stizz followed up later that year with a pair of non-album singles in "Living Like Khaled" and "Lace Up." ~ Paul Simpson