By: Seamus Fay
Purpose in the Youth just did one of my favorite interviews that I’ve listened to in a while, talking to Tim Larew, manager of artists including Cousin Stizz, Michael Christmas, and more. Every minute of the hour-long podcast was filled with gems and story after story about Tim’s journey as a person, manager, and writer. On top of that, there were some great stories he had about being Cousin Stizz’s manager, one of the most famous Boston rappers today. I listened to the interview during school yesterday, and about 25 minutes after I was done, Zane Lowe premiered “Headlock” on Beats radio. It would have been great timing, but due to a wifi issue, I had to wait until after school to heard the new single. Nevertheless, hearing “Headlock” after listening to Larew’s stories about what Stizz has done made me extremely proud for the Dorchester native and Larew at the same time.
I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that the people who were noticing Stizz after “Shoutout” were people who many artists have to wait years to even hear a word from. Larew handled all of these situations with complete composure and used the information about who is paying attention to work harder and to keep quiet and let things sit until he felt that Stizz and the fans alike were ready for new music. The way that he was able to navigate the young artist through everything and come out with a smarter and more determined Stizz is unbelievable. He didn’t get lost in the newfound fame for a second, and it has proved to do him right. If this interview doesn’t show you that Tim Larew is one of the most genuine people in the business, then I don’t know what will. You can hear the interview below, and check out more from Purpose in the Youth on their Soundcloud.