18 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sacramento rapper Mozzy wasn’t nominated in any category of the 2018 Grammy Awards, yet by the ceremony’s end, he’d have a victory to call his own. “As my guy Mozzy say,” said Kendrick Lamar during his acceptance speech for Best Rap Album, “You know, God up top.” The superstar’s cosign appears at the end of Gangland Landlord’s “No Way”; the first track on the project, it's gleefully menacing, Mozzy rapping over a sample of an R&B vocal run dragged to the point that it sounds like tortured wailing. The song sets the tone for an 18-track ride from the prolific young star who’s released multiple albums annually since his 2015 breakout project, Bladadah.

On Gangland Landlord, Mozzy’s first solo full-length of 2018, the rapper delivers callbacks to the West Coast classics he grew up on, including a gloomy deconstruction of the beat for Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It” (“Not Impressive”) and a reinterpretation of 2Pac’s “Thugz Mansion” with LA hip-hop diplomats Ty Dolla $ign and YG. The album is impressively feature-heavy on the whole, boasting guests spots from YFN Lucci, Blac Youngsta, ScHoolboy Q, and Too $hort (among others)—proving that Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only one who can recognize the future of West Coast gangsta rap when he hears it.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sacramento rapper Mozzy wasn’t nominated in any category of the 2018 Grammy Awards, yet by the ceremony’s end, he’d have a victory to call his own. “As my guy Mozzy say,” said Kendrick Lamar during his acceptance speech for Best Rap Album, “You know, God up top.” The superstar’s cosign appears at the end of Gangland Landlord’s “No Way”; the first track on the project, it's gleefully menacing, Mozzy rapping over a sample of an R&B vocal run dragged to the point that it sounds like tortured wailing. The song sets the tone for an 18-track ride from the prolific young star who’s released multiple albums annually since his 2015 breakout project, Bladadah.

On Gangland Landlord, Mozzy’s first solo full-length of 2018, the rapper delivers callbacks to the West Coast classics he grew up on, including a gloomy deconstruction of the beat for Luniz’s “I Got 5 On It” (“Not Impressive”) and a reinterpretation of 2Pac’s “Thugz Mansion” with LA hip-hop diplomats Ty Dolla $ign and YG. The album is impressively feature-heavy on the whole, boasting guests spots from YFN Lucci, Blac Youngsta, ScHoolboy Q, and Too $hort (among others)—proving that Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only one who can recognize the future of West Coast gangsta rap when he hears it.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
48 Ratings
48 Ratings
damon garcia

Mozzy is a beast

Mozzy is the 2pac 2.0 of this generation

De'Andrea1

DeeDee

PAC would be proud Mozzy🖤

The Brainchild

Gangland Landlord

1 Up Top Ahk is a classic; Gangland Landlord will be a classic. Mozzy is my favorite artist, no debate. His discography is truly unbelievable. Support the movement. #BuyAndStream

About Mozzy

Bringing the spirit of Death Row Records to the 2010s, Sacramento MC Mozzy spits gritty rhymes with ominous productions. Born Timothy Patterson, he began rapping in 2004 under the name Lil Tim, releasing the "U Ain't Ready Like Dat" single in 2010. A name change came in 2011 when he issued the album Money Means Mozzy, which was followed by his 2013 mixtape, The Tonite Show, hosted by DJ Fresh. Four mixtapes dropped in 2014, including Free Mozzy, which was issued while the MC was locked up on illegal firearm charges. Gangland landed in 2015 along with Yellow Tape Activities, and 2016 saw the Empire label issue both Beautiful Struggle and Mandatory Check. That same year, he contributed to a slew of collaborations with artists like Dutch Santana, E Mozzy, Juneonnabeat, and Philthy Rich. He followed in early 2017 with Fake Famous, which featured appearances by Iamsu!, E Mozzy, Cellyru, YFN Lucci, YG, G-Eazy, Jadakiss, and many more. After issuing the collaborative Can't Fake the Real with Blac Youngsta and Dreadlocks & Headshots with Gunplay, Mozzy released 1 Up Top Ahk, which debuted in the Top 100 on the Billboard main album chart in the summer of 2017. After appearing on the chart-topping soundtrack to the film Black Panther, Mozzy issued "Nobody Knows" with Jay Rock and DCMBR. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

HOMETOWN
Sacramento, CA
BORN
June 24, 1987

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