‘Nothing but love’ waiting at the Cousin Stizz show Friday
Stephen Goss feels blessed.
The Dorchester rapper better known as “Cousin Stizz” has released his first mixtape on a major label, had his single “Headlock” streamed on Spotify more than four million times and earned six Boston Music Awards nominations, including Artist of the Year.
And now he will bring a cross-country tour to a close in Boston Friday night at the House of Blues.
“I’m super excited for it,” Stizz said in a phone interview. “As soon as we put the tickets up, they sold out in 36 hours. It’s my hometown ... that’s going to be really important to me and I really want to put on a good show just because of that.”
Stizz, who moved to Los Angeles several months ago, said he always knew he wanted his first tour to end in Boston. Having previously played at the Middle East club and the Paradise, Stizz “felt it was only right to try see if we could do House of Blues, see if we could make some noise there.”
Stizz’s first mixtape, “Suffolk County,” received more than 12 million listens on SoundCloud when it dropped in 2015. But it was a video of Drake playing Stizz’s “shoutout” that brought him to the front of the scene. His second mixtape, “MONDA,” was released after the 25-year-old rapper signed onto RCA.
The new studio mixtape, “One Night Only,” features collaborations with some of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Offset from Migos, G-Eazy, and Buddy. The mixtape’s single, “Headlock,” which features Offset from Migos, reached no. 12 on Billboard’s “Next Big Sound” chart and has earned more than one million views on YouTube.
Working with “masters of their craft,” such as Offset, Stizz said, inspires him to keep taking risks in his music and lyrics.
“People like that, you see what it takes,” Stizz said. “. . . I gotta keep swinging and I gotta keep working, and I’ll get there eventually.” He also hinted at something new coming once his tour is wrapped up.
Stizz dismissed the idea he’s a driving force behind the current renaissance in Boston hip hop, instead embracing the belief that a “new wave of kids” are making others take notice.
Stizz said he tries to stay out of trouble in L.A — spending his time at the studio, getting food, or at home. But away from L.A, while on tour, trouble found him. At a concert in Atlanta November 14, two people were shot dead, and two others injured just before Stizz was scheduled to take the stage. Stizz posted on Twitter afterward that he was “completely heartbroken,” and is still trying to make sense of the episode.
“You could be here today and you could be gone just that quick,” he said. “You got to take advantage of every single day, and that’s what that taught me. We also got to start taking care of each other a lot more ... That’s what that taught me as well.”
Stizz said he is not ready to address the shooting incident through his music, but predicted, “it will find its way out of my body somehow.”
“If we started getting stricter with these gun laws, like everybody talks about, I’m sure that wouldn’t have happened,” Stizz said. “I don’t even know how a gun could get in a venue, you know what I’m saying? In 2017, after everything that’s been going on, how does that even happen?”
For the fans who got a ticket to his show at the House of Blues, Stizz makes this promise: “There’ll be nothing but love.”