From Allan Kingdom to Drake, rappers big and small are buzzing over Boston's latest export. Cousin Stizz quickly cemented himself as a future hit maker last summer thanks to three bangers: "Life," "Fireman," and "Shoutout." The third, laced by producer Obeatz with smooth, shimmering synths, lit the final fuse. The track ignited street-side mosh pits and limb-risking turn-ups at underground venues in his home city, soundtracked Drake's Dave & Busters birthday bash last October, and kept burning through 2015 as plays accumulated.
Suffolk County, his debut tape released June 1, felt like his true announcement to the world at large. Stizz raps with a vengeance on "Bonds" and generously supplies listeners with some of the best hooks of the year (Listen: "No Bells," "Dum Dope," "Fresh Prince"). Already making a bid to run the streets, Stizz might just have what it takes to run radio.