9.0/10 CERTIFIED FRESH
There are few rappers that can bridge the gap between conscious rap and trap rap. And for the ones who can they either fail miserably or they don't achieve any significant amount of commercial success for any one to care. However, there a handful of rappers that has the ability to dabble in both subgenres and also possess the unique ability to draw a substantial fan base from both sides of the aisle. And one of those handful of rappers is a 23 year old rapper from Dorchester, Massachusetts that goes by the alias Cousin Stizz. Cousin Stizz took the internet by storm last year when he dropped his Suffolk County mixtape which currently has over 10 million plays on SoundCloud. He was featured in an XXl magazine article back in October of 2015 after many started to take a liking to Cousin Stizz style which can go from being laid-back to consciously aware of his surroundings. And on his new mixtape, MONDA, Stizz shows how talented he really is by showing he can make both a party banger but also make a more relaxed, and thought provoking ballad as well, and no matter which style he decides on he succeeds immensely.
The second track on the mixtape "Day Gone" is Stizz at his best, both expressing his lyrical prowess and relax delivery. When you listen to this track you see the statement Stizz is trying to make. He wants everyone to know even though he is starting to gain some notoriety, he is far from where he wants to be. You get this idea when he spits "I'm just trying to make a way for us, I don't give a f*** what they on, everything just sounding like the same song." The garage type rap beat compliments Stizz laid back flow as he effortlessly glides the instrumentation.
On "No Skrat" Stizz turns it up little bit, adding some charisma to his bars as he ferociously spits "throw the drugs in the big bags, how I make them mad, I'm just getting what I never had." The beat is grimy but still has a very relaxing undertone, the type of beat you would cruise in your car too, and its composition lets Stizz just flow without any distractions, letting the listener really think about what Stizz is saying and the message he is trying to depict. And you get this same idea from songs like "You Won't Understand" and "Down Like That."
On "Ask That" you get some pretty synth leads that sound like it could be on a Skylar Spence record, the beat thumps so hard that before you even hear Stizz start to rap you will immediately be impressed. This track is a party banger and maybe the best overall track on the whole tape. The beat accompanied by Stizz playful lyrics are a dominant duo. Stizz tones it down on this track rapping about content that seems to be perpetually discussed in Atlanta trap rap songs. Stizz talks about having women, doing drugs, and getting money but addresses them with an almost contemptuous and apathetic attitude. One of the most notable bars he spits on the track is "If she a dime or a nine yeah I'm going to smash that, lean got me so slow I might have a flashback." Stizz delivers a certified banger with this one, honestly I can't think of a rap song in recent memory that had such flare and charisma.
Cousin Stizz with his new mixtape has outdone expectations and created even higher ones for himself. This mixtape would have even been just as good as an album. Stizz has bridged a hostile divide that has been happening in the hip-hop community for a few years now, and he does it so effortlessly. Stizz lyrical style has so much character that after listening to this tape you feel like you know him personally and want to get to know him even more. Stizz has created a medium that both sides of the hip hop community (trap rap and conscious rap) can appreciate. Stizz has the ability to appeal to many audiences, this is a talent that many don't have, and in the near future if continued down this same path he will encounter success that very few rappers have the privilege to say they've achieved.