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Boston’s fan favorite Cousin Stizz has created quite the habit of dropping short-projects without any warning — and this morning he’s done it again with an EP titled Cold Times. This three-track mini-release comes off his previous EP, August’s All Adds Up.
Stizz’s consistency is one of the keys to his success, especially coming this far with such a small catalog. In his bag with a jiggy flow and vibe to each record, the New England native brings a new flavor of sauce to the table with this release, as he usually does. Paying homage to, and possibly following the footsteps of, the veteran hook-master Max B, Stizz offers up a “free Max B” in the beginning of opening track “Made,” all while getting in the spirit of flexing his melodizing.
Reminiscing about when times were tough and when “putting it on the scale to break grams” was the only thing he knew before he found his path. Known to always generate a tremendous amount of energy, Stizz has never been the time to keep it all to himself, which explains why each instrumental gets you up on your feet. Always taking his craft serious and being a man that is solely focused on ascending to higher peaks, here on Cold Times Stizz sticks to the bread and butter and delivers nothing less that perfection.
Now being in the position that Stizz is in, it’s almost nostalgic to see an artist who had started from the bottom and maneuvered his way through the cracks. Being able to flourish as an artist is one of the most important aspects of artistry. Making nothing more than classics throughout the whole project it gives you a sense that theres more to come — and this is just a warm up.
Listen to Cold Times below via Spotify, and check out the project’s artwork after the embed jump.
Featured image by Cara DiFabio for Vanyaland, from Stizz’s November 2017 show at the House of Blues.