Timothy Cornell Patterson[4] (born June 24, 1987), known professionally as Mozzy, is an American rapper from Oak Park, Sacramento, California.[2] He is signed with Real Talk Entertainment, Empire Distribution, Blackmarket Records and Livewire Entertainment.[4][5]

Mozzy
Birth nameTimothy Cornell Peterson Jr[1][2][3]
Also known asLil Tim Jr
Born (1987-06-24) June 24, 1987 (age 33)
Sacramento, California, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • songwriter
Years active2004–present
LabelsEmpire, Real Talk
Associated acts
Websitewww.mozzyfoundation.com

He started rapping in 2004 under the name Lil Tim,[4] eventually changing his stage name to Mozzy in 2012. He received little attention until the release of his 2015 album Bladadah, which was ranked as the 22nd best rap album of 2015 by Rolling Stone[6] and which gave him the "best run" of 2015 according to Complex Magazine.[7]

Early lifeEdit

Mozzy grew up on 4th Avenue, in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood.[8] His parents were not in his life, so he was raised by his grandmother Brenda Patterson-Usher, a Black Panther party member, who owned several homes throughout Oak Park.[9] Mozzy attended Sacramento High School, but eventually dropped out and earned a GED. He worked various local jobs until he decided to pursue his music career full-time in 2010.[4]

CareerEdit

Mozzy first began rapping at age 16 alongside his uncle Genaro "GP the Beast" Patterson.

In 2010 under the stage name "Lil Tim", Mozzy released a single titled "U Ain't Really Like 'Dat", his first release as a full-time musician.[7] On August 2, 2016, he released Lil Timothy N Thingz, a collection of songs recorded in 2008 while he had still been known as "Lil Tim".[10]

CollaborationsEdit

Mozzy's first notable collaboration was with an industry executive on his third solo album, Goonbody Embodiment. This collaboration with Oakland rapper Philthy Rich, on the track "I'm Just Being Honest" in early May of 2014, caused a longstanding controversy. In the fall of 2015, he collaborated with South African rapper, and music producer, "Kidd Cartel" on the hit song "Twerk Like Lexy".[clarification needed][11] In December, Compton rapper YG released a single titled "City Mad" featuring Mozzy and associate "Slim 400" leading up to the release of his album, Still Krazy.[12] In 2016, Vallejo rapper Nef the Pharaoh released the album Neffy Got Wings, featuring a track with Mozzy called "Devil's Team".[13]

In 2019, Mozzy released a full length collaboration album called Chop Stixx and Banana Clips, with Gunplay. Writing about the project for Freemusicempire, Dan-O praised the project, stating "Gunplay and Mozzy paint pictures so you can see the crook's whole journey, not just the sentence".[14]

Solo workEdit

Mozzy's solo albums, such as Bladadah, are his largest success. He released his first solo album in 2011 under the title Money Means Mozzy, and had released ten other albums by 2016. In 2015, he was recognized by Complex magazine for having the "best run of 2015",[7] and by Rolling Stone for having the 22nd best rap album of 2015.[6]

In 2016, Mozzy moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles, California and released the album Gang Related Siblings, featuring his fellow Oak Park native and producer June.[15] Mozzy's 2016 album Mandatory Check reached no. 7 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart.[16]

In 2018, Mozzy released the album Gangland Landlord,[2] which peaked at number 57 on the US Billboard 200.

On May 1, 2020, he released his fifth studio album, Beyond Bulletproof. The 13-track project follows 2019's Internal Affairs and includes the singles "Pricetag", " Ain't Perfect", "Overcame", and "Big Homie from the Hood". Mozzy enlisted various artists on the album, including King VonG HerboEric Bellinger, and Polo G.[17] The album debuted at number 43 on the Billboard 200, becoming Mozzy's highest-charting project to date.[18]

On September 23, 2020, Mozzy returned with his second project of 2020, the mixtape, Occupational Hazard. He described it as his favorite project and said the tape goes back to his "old" style.[19]

ControversyEdit

In March 2014, Mozzy released the track "I'm Just Bein Honest" which sparked a feud with local rapper Lavish D. However, there had been an ongoing feud, which started in Meadowview and G Parkway in Sacramento, that put Guttah Team and Starz against Oak Park gangs like Fab and Stunna Gang.[11] This started with an ambush by Lavish D's "Starzup" gang on March 15 on an associate of Mozzy's from Oak Park at the Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento.[11] Eight shootings followed, which the Sacramento Police department found to be linked by the original incident between the two gangs.[11]

Legal issuesEdit

Between 2005 and 2008, Mozzy was arrested three times by the Sacramento Police for possession crimes, including illegal possession of a firearm and evading police. He was arrested again in 2014 and served a sentence in San Quentin State Prison,[4] during which his brother and colleague E Mozzy released the album Free Mozzy. After his release, Mozzy decided to focus solely on his music, releasing four solo albums in 2015.[7] Despite receiving offers to perform across the nation and worldwide, Mozzy was unable to leave the state of California until 2017 due to being on probation.[4][20]

In July 2018, Mozzy was arrested during a traffic stop in Las Vegas for gun possession.[3]

DiscographyEdit

Solo albums and EPsEdit

List of studio albums with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[21]
Izizzel Izzy Izie Izim
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: independent
Money Means Mozzy
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: independent
Money Makin Mozzy
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: independent
Dope Fiend Tryna Get His Corsica Back
  • Released: December 20, 2011
  • Label: independent
The Tonite Show with Mozzy (Hosted by DJ Fresh)
  • Released: November 19, 2013
  • Label: Sumo / Fresh in the Flesh
Goonbody Embodiment
  • Released: February 14, 2014
  • Label: independent
Next Body On You
  • Released: April 19, 2014
  • Label: independent
Next Body On You Part 2
  • Released: November 7, 2014
  • Label: independent
Gangland Landscape
  • Released: April 25, 2015
  • Label: independent
Bladadah
  • Released: July 11, 2015
  • Label: independent
Yellow Tape Activities
  • Released: September 11, 2015
  • Label: Black Market Records
Down to the Wire: 4th Ave Edition
  • Released: November 27, 2015
  • Label: Live Entertainment
Hexa Hella Extra Headshots 2
  • Released: February 9, 2016
  • Label: independent
Beautiful Struggle
  • Released: March 11, 2016
  • Label: Mozzy Records
Mandatory Check
Lil Timothy n' Thingz
  • Released: July 29, 2016
  • Label: Mozzy Records
1 Up Top Finna Drop (EP)
  • Released: November 16, 2016
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Fake Famous
  • Released: January 26, 2017
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
1 Up Top Ahk
  • Released: August 18, 2017
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
68
Spiritual Conversations (EP)
  • Released: March 2, 2018
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Gangland Landlord
  • Released: October 5, 2017
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
57
Internal Affairs
  • Released: May 28, 2019
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Beyond Bulletproof
  • Released: May 1, 2020
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
43
Occupational Hazard
  • Released: September 23, 2020
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
190

Collaborative albumsEdit

Title Release date Label
Dope Money (with J-Roq) January 5, 2012 Independent
Earthquakes and Murder Rates (with Dutch Santana) April 29, 2016 Blood Work Ent.
Extracurricular Activities (with Stevie Joe) April 29, 2016 Green Carpet Ent. / Livewire Records
Fraternal Twins (with E Mozzy) May 12, 2016 Mozzy Records
Mob Ties (with Red-Dot) May 27, 2016 Fallout Records
Promise Not to Fumble (with Troublez) July 22, 2016 Troublez Music
Gang Related Siblings (with June) August 18, 2016 Mozzy Records
Political Ties (with Philthy Rich) September 2, 2016 Mozzy Records / SCMMLLC
Fraternal Twins 2 (with E Mozzy) October 19, 2016 Mozzy Records
Tapped In (with Trae tha Truth) December 16, 2016 Mozzy Records / ABN / Empire Distribution
Can't Fake the Real (with Blac Youngsta, Hosted by DaBoyDame) May 19, 2017 Play Too Much Entertainment
Dreadlocks & Headshots (with Gunplay) June 2, 2017 Real Talk Entertainment
Money Makkin Murder (with Lit Soxx) December 2, 2017 Muscle Up Music
Legendary Gangland (with Yhung T.O.) December 8, 2017 Mozzy Records / SOB X RBE / Empire Distribution
Hell Made (with Yowda) December 26, 2017 Mozzy Records / YMI LLC
Run It Up Activities (with Kae One) June 8, 2018 Team Player Records
Slimey Individualz (with Berner) February 13, 2019 Bern One Ent / Mozzy Records / Empire
Chop Stixx & Banana Clips (with Gunplay) September 13, 2019 Real Talk Entertainment
Blood Cuzzins (with Tsu Surf) November 20, 2019 Mozzy Records / Foundation Media / Empire

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.ascap.com/repertory#ace/search/workID/896711357
  2. ^ a b c Giorgis, Hannah (October 5, 2018). "The Powerful, Pained Raps of Sacramento's Mozzy". The Atlantic. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Saponara, Michael (July 9, 2018). "Mozzy Arrested for Gun Possession in Las Vegas: Report". Billboard. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "From the streets to stardom: Is Sacramento rapper Mozzy the next big thing?". Sacbee.com. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sacramento Sensation Mozzy Courts Offers From Epic and Atlantic - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "40 Best Rap Albums of 2015". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d David Drake (December 16, 2015). "Sacramento Rapper Mozzy Had the Best Run of 2015 - Complex". Complex. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "Sacramento gangster rapper Mozzy is now one of the music industry's most wanted commodities - Feature Story - Local Stories - March 17, 2016". Antioch News & Review. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  9. ^ "Who the Hell Is Mozzy, the Antioch Rapper Who Has the Whole West Coast's Attention?". NOISEY. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Lil Timothy n' Thingz (2008 Era) by Mozzy on Apple Music". iTunes.apple.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  11. ^ a b c d "Sacramento News & Review - Sacramento struggles to understand its 'hybrid' gang problem as social media sparks local beefs - News - Local Stories - April 10, 2014". Sacramento News & Review. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "YG Releases Two New Songs "Goapele Freestyle," & "City Mad"". Vibe. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  13. ^ "Nef the Pharaoh Is Taking Off: Listen to His New Mixtape with Cardo, 'Neffy Got Wings'". Nosiey.vice.com. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
  14. ^ http://freemusicempire.com/2019/10/31/song-review-bail-bond-by-mozzy-gunplay
  15. ^ "Mozzy Has Been True To Sacramento. Now He's Gunning For The World". Thefader.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  16. ^ "Mozzy - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  17. ^ Ingvaldsen, Torsten (May 1, 2020). "Mozzy Delivers Fifth Studio Album 'Beyond Bulletproof'". Hypebeast. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  18. ^ @BillboardCharts (May 11, 2020). "Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (1/2)" (Tweet). Retrieved May 12, 2020 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Tigg, FNR (September 24, 2020). "Listen to Mozzy's New Album 'Occupational Hazard'". Complex. Retrieved September 24, 2020.
  20. ^ ""Sacramento is Where I Call Home": An Interview with Mozzy". Passionweiss.com. January 17, 2017. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "Mozzy Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 12, 2020.

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