Timothy Cornell Patterson[4] (born June 24, 1987), known professionally as Mozzy, is an American rapper from Sacramento, California.[2] He signed with Yo Gotti's record label Collective Music Group (CMG), an imprint of Interscope Records in 2022, having previously signed with local independent label, Blackmarket Records. He is best known for his 2021 single "Last One Standing" (with Skylar Grey, Polo G, and Eminem) from the film Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which peaked at number 78 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4][5]

Mozzy
Mozzy in 2023
Mozzy in 2023
Background information
Birth nameTimothy Patterson[1][2][3]
Also known asLil Tim
Born (1987-06-24) June 24, 1987 (age 36)
Oak Park, Sacramento, California, U.S.
GenresHip hoptrapgangsta rap
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2004–present
Labels
Websitewww.mozzyfoundation.com

He began rapping in 2004 under the name Lil Tim,[4] which he changed in favor of Mozzy in 2012. He gained recognition following the release of his mixtape Bladadah (2015), which was ranked as the 22nd Best Rap Album of that year by Rolling Stone,[6] and gave him the "best run" of 2015 according to Complex.[7] Each of his studio albums—1 Up Top Ahk (2017), Gangland Landlord (2018), Beyond Bulletproof (2020), Occupational Hazard (2020), Untreated Trauma (2021), Survivor's Guilt (2022), and Children of the Slums (2024)—have entered the Billboard 200, in addition to his collaborative album with fellow California rapper YGKommunity Service (2021)—and compilation albums with CMG—Gangsta Art (2022) and Gangsta Art 2 (2023).[8]

Early life

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Mozzy grew up on 4th Avenue, in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood.[9] 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.[10] 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]

Career

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Career beginnings

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

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] Mozzy released his first solo mixtape in 2011 under the title Money Means Mozzy.

2014-2016: Goonbody Embodiment and Bladadah

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Mozzy released his third solo album, Goonbody Embodiment, which features a collaboration with Oakland rapper Philthy Rich, on the track "I'm Just Being Honest" in early May of 2014, which caused a longstanding controversy[11] In December the same year, 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 2015, he released the Mixtape Bladadah, which had been awarded the "best run of 2015" by Complex magazine for had the "best run of 2015",[7] and was ranked the 22nd best rap album of 2015 by Rolling Stone[6]

In January 2016, Vallejo rapper Nef the Pharaoh released the album Neffy Got Wings, featuring a track with Mozzy called "Devil's Team".[13] Mozzy moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles, California and released the album Gang Related Siblings, featuring his fellow Oak Park native and producer June later that year.[14]

2016-2017: Mandatory Check, Fake Famous, and 1 Up Top Ahk

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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".[15]

In November 2016, Mozzy released the mixtape Mandatory Check, which reached no. 7 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart.[16]

In January 2017, Mozzy released the mixtape Fake Famous. It features several artists, including YG, Jadakiss, and G-Eazy.[17] In August 2017, Mozzy released his debut studio album, 1 Up Top Ahk, which charted at number 68 on the Billboard 200.[18][19]

2018-2020: Gangland Landlord, Internal Affairs, and Beyond Bulletproof

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In 2018, Mozzy's second studio album Gangland Landlord was released. It peaked at number 57 on the US Billboard 200.[2][19]

In May 2019 Mozzy released the mixtape Internal Affairs, which features guest appearances from Lil Poppa and TeeJay3k, among others.[20] 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".[21]

On May 1, 2020, he released his third studio album, Beyond Bulletproof. The 13-track project follows 2019's Internal Affairs and includes the singles "Pricetag", "I 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.[22] The album debuted at number 43 on the Billboard 200, becoming Mozzy's highest-charting at the time.[23]

2020-2021: Occupational Hazard, Kommunity Service, and Untreated Trauma

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On September 23, 2020, Mozzy returned with his second project of 2020, Occupational Hazard. He described it as his favorite project and said the album goes back to his "old" style.[24]

Mozzy started 2021 by releasing the single "Bompton to Oak Park", which was a collaboration with fellow California rapper YG.[25] The single was the lead single to a collaborative album titled Kommunity Service, which was released on May 21 of that year.[26] The album peaked at number 88 on the Billboard 200.[19] In September of that year, Mozzy released his sixth studio album, titled Untreated Trauma.[27] The album debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200, surpassing Beyond Bulletproof as his highest-charting album.[28]

On September 30, 2021, Mozzy was featured on the song "Last One Standing" by Skylar Grey, along with Eminem and Polo G, featured on the soundtrack for the film Venom: Let There Be Carnage.[29]

2022-present: Survivor's Guilt and Kollect Kall

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On February 10, 2022, Mozzy signed his major-label contract in a joint venture with CMG and Interscope Records and shortly after, released the single "Real Ones" featuring Roddy Ricch,[30][31] which was the lead single to his album Survivor's Guilt. It was released on July 22, 2022 and peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200.[32][19]

Controversy

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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] Nine shootings followed, which the Sacramento Police department found to be linked by the original incident between the two gangs.[11]

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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][33]

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

In July 2022, Mozzy pled guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and was sentenced to one year in prison, as well as a $55,000 fine. He served his sentence at USP Atwater[34] before being released in May 2023 after serving 10 months. [35]

Discography

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Studio albums

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List of studio albums with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[19]
US
R&B/HH

[36]
US
Rap

[37]
US
Ind.

[38]
1 Up Top Ahk
  • Released: August 18, 2017
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
68 36 7
Gangland Landlord
  • Released: October 5, 2018
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
57 27 25 9
Beyond Bulletproof
  • Released: May 1, 2020
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
43 25 18 4
Occupational Hazard
  • Released: September 23, 2020
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
190 38
Untreated Trauma[39]
  • Released: September 17, 2021
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
19 10 9 3
Survivor's Guilt[40] 40 23 14
Children of the Slums
  • Released: April 19, 2024
  • Label: Mozzy Records / Collective Music Group / Interscope
199
[41]

Compilation albums

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Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Gangsta Art
(with CMG the Label)
  • Released: July 15, 2022[42]
  • Label: CMG, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
11
[43]
Gangsta Art 2
(with CMG the Label)
  • Released: September 29, 2023 [44]
  • Label: CMG, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
78
[45]

Collaborative albums

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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
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
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
Kommunity Service (with YG) May 21, 2021 Mozzy Records / 4Hunnid / Empire
Bloody Waters (with Lil Blood) September 10, 2021 Mozzy Records

Mixtapes and EPs

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Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
R&B/HH

[36]
US
Rap

[37]
US
Ind.

[38]
US
Heat.

[46]
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
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
Mandatory Check 11 7 26 6
Lil Timothy n' Thingz
  • Released: July 29, 2016
  • Label: Mozzy
1 Up Top Finna Drop (EP)
  • Released: November 16, 2016
  • Label: Mozzy / Empire Distribution
Fake Famous
  • Released: January 26, 2017
  • Label: Mozzy / Empire Distribution
Spiritual Conversations (EP)
  • Released: March 2, 2018
  • Label: Mozzy / Empire Distribution
18
Internal Affairs
  • Released: May 28, 2019
  • Label: Mozzy / Empire Distribution
Kollect Kall (EP)
  • Released: April 7, 2023
  • Label: Mozzy / Collective Music Group / Interscope

Singles

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As lead artist

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Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[47]
US
R&B/HH

[48]
US
Rap

[49]
AUS
[50]
CAN
[51]
IRE
[52]
UK
[53]
WW
[54]
"I Ain't Perfect"
(featuring Blxst)[55]
2020 Beyond Bulletproof
"Pricetag"
(featuring Polo G and Lil Poppa)[57]
[A] [B]
"Last One Standing"
(with Skylar Grey, Polo G and Eminem)
2021 78 31 25 70 38 47 46 53 Non-album single
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Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[60]
US
R&B/HH

[48]
US
Rap

[49]
"Mando"
($tupid Young featuring Mozzy)
2017 One of One
"Steppers"
(Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo and 42 Dugg featuring CMG the Label, EST Gee, Blac Youngsta and Mozzy)
2022 4 26 25 Gangsta Art

Other charted and certified songs

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Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[60]
US
R&B/HH

[48]
"Sleep Walkin" 2017 1 Up Top Ahk
"Excuse Me"
(with Yhung T.O. featuring DCMBR and Too Short)
Legendary Gangland and Gangland Landlord
"Gangsta Art"
(Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo and CMG the Label featuring Blac Youngsta, Lehla Samia, EST Gee, 42 Dugg and Mozzy)
2022 17 41 Gangsta Art

Notes

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  1. ^ "Pricetag" did not enter the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs, but peaked at number 17 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart.[58]
  2. ^ "Pricetag" did not enter the Hot Rap Songs, but peaked at number 10 on the Rap Digital Song Sales chart.[59]

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