By: Seamus Fay
Cousin Stizz has had an amazing year, dropping his critically-acclaimed sophomore mixtape, MONDA, going on an East and West Coast tour that included a sold-out Boston show at the Paradise Rock Club, getting the cover of RESPECT. Magazine, going to Australia, getting two BMAs, and even more. The impact of all of this has been monumental for Boston. As a city that never had its own sound and was often just a copycat of New York, Boston needed Cousin Stizz, it needed someone to be proud of, and in recent years, he has made it just that (not to mention so many other artists have, too, including Michael Christmas, OG Swaggerdick, and more). The success of Cousin Stizz does not only make Boston proud, but it inspires the artists there and shows everyone that it isn’t stuck behind New York as there is so much talent ready to go and help make a name for the city with music that makes everyone listen. Suffolk County and MONDA are honest. They show what daily life is like for Stizz and what his life has been. They ask why people weren’t looking at Boston. They make people look at Boston. They inspire.
Stizz has come a very long was from Fields Corner in Dorchester. His recent trip to Australia is the most recent reminder of how life has been since rap for him. Over the past week or two, he has been posting Instagram stories of different things he has done, including hanging out with kangaroos, driving in a Mercedez Benz all over the magnificent cities in Australia in between store showings and performances, and much more. His impact has made it to the other side of the world. Ultimately, this success means that Boston can do it, too. Stizz inspires other artists from the city and shows everyone not to count his town out, because it’s got a lot to prove. The team he surrounds himself with constantly pushes him to go and get more, which, mixed with Stizz’s hunger and passion, makes him able to accomplish whatever he wants. Not everyone is paying enough attention to how much this success really means for his hometown, but it will be seen soon enough when Boston is recognized as the close-knit music powerhouse that it is. Thank you and congratulations, Cousin Stizz. I think I speak for everyone when I say I can’t wait to see what’s next in 2017.
Below are some excerpts from the recent Cousin Stizz cover story done by RESPECT. Magazine