Los Angeles rapper Cozz has had an exciting year to date—steadily rising since the release of his career-starting single “Dreams” in March—and today he delivers Cozz & Effect, his debut album via Dreamville/Interscope Records.
When J. Cole announced he was signing the 21-year-old emcee early this summer, the move seemed to make a good deal of sense on both ends. Like The Warm Up-era Cole, Cozz is a young, hungry storyteller with a chip on his shoulder, an impeccable ear for production, and a strikingly cool demeanor. Dreamville, on the other hand, needed some West Coast representation. The two collided, and four months later, Cozz & Effect has arrived.
The album opens with “Dreams” and rides into “Come Get It” and “Cody Macc,” a pair of songs highlighting the rising star’s determination and versatility, the former being a low key, slow-rolling cut and the latter being a bold, anthemic record in the same vein as “Dreams.” The album progresses smoothly with very few, if any, low points. We see features from Enimal, Free Ackrite, Bas and J. Cole (on the album-closing “Knock The Hustle” remix), a nice mix of emotive and hard-hitting cuts, and overall, a very consistent and impressive Cozz.
Cozz & Effect is a thorough body of work that seems to verify what many suspected—the newcomer seems destined for something much bigger. Stream the album in its entirety below, and grab it via iTunes HERE.