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Timothy Patterson[3] (born June 24, 1987), known professionally as Mozzy, is an American rapper from Oak Park, Sacramento, California[1] signed with Real Talk Entertainment, Empire Distribution, Blackmarket Records and Livewire Entertainment.[3][4]

Mozzy
Birth nameTimothy Patterson[1][2]
Also known asLil Tim
Born (1987-06-24) June 24, 1987 (ageĀ 32)
Sacramento, California, United States
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, singer, record producer, songwriter
Years active2004-present
LabelsMozzy Records, Empire, Real Talk
Associated acts Sidhu Moosewala
Websitewww.mozzyfoundation.com

Mozzy started rapping in 2004 under the name Lil' Tim,[3] 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[5] and which gave him the "best run" of 2015 according to Complex Magazine.[6]

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CareerEdit

Mozzy first began rapping at age 16 alongside his uncle Genaro "GP the Beast" Patterson, who would later collaborate with the likes of Suge Knight and others on the 2000 Death Row compilation album Too Gangsta' For Radio.[3]

Lil' TimEdit

In 2010, under the stage name "Lil Tim", Mozzy released a single titled "U Ain't Really Like 'Dat", his first music release as a full-time musician.[6] On August 2, 2016, Mozzy released Lil' Timothy N Thingz, a collection of songs recorded in 2008 while he had still been known as "Lil' Tim".[7]

CollaborationsEdit

Mozzy's first notable collaboration was with an industry executive on Mozzy's third solo album, Goonbody Embodiment, he collaborated with Oakland rapper Philthy Rich, on the track "I'm Just Being Honest" in early may of 2014, which caused a longstanding controversy.[8] 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.[9] In 2016, Vallejo rapper Nef the Pharaoh released the album Neffy Got Wings, featuring a track with Mozzy called "Devil's Team".[10]

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 10 other albums by 2016. In 2015, Mozzy was recognized by Complex magazine for having the "best run of 2015",[6] and by Rolling Stone for having the 22nd best rap album of 2015.[5]

In 2016, Mozzy moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles, California and released the album Gang Related Siblings, featuring his fellow Oak Park native and Mozzy producer June.[11]

Mozzy's 2016 album "Mandatory Check" reached no. 7 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart.[12]

In 2018, Mozzy released his album, "Gangland Landlord",[1] which peaked at number 57 on the US Billboard 200, becoming his highest charting album to date.

Early lifeEdit

Mozzy grew up on 4th Avenue, in Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood.[13] Mozzy's mother was a crack cocaine addict and his father was incarcerated, so he was raised by his grandmother Brenda Patterson-Usher, a Black Panther party member, who owned several homes throughout Oak Park.[14] 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.[3]

ControversyEdit

In March 2014, Mozzy released a track called "I'm Just Bein Honest" which sparked a feud with local rapper Lavish D. However, there had been an ongoing fued, which started in Meadowview and G Parkway in Sacramento, that put Guttah Team and Starz against Oak Park gangs like Fab and Stunna Gang.[8] 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.[8] Eight shootings followed, which the Sacramento Police department found to be linked by the original incident between the two gangs.[8]

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,[3] during which his brother and colleague E Mozzy released the album Free Mozzy. After leaving penitentiary, Mozzy decided to focus solely on his music, releasing four solo albums in 2015.[6] 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.[3][15] In July 2018, Mozzy was arrested during a traffic stop in Las Vegas for gun possession.[2]

DiscographyEdit

Solo albumsEdit

Title Release date Label
Izizzel Izzy Izie Izim 2011 Independent
Money Means Mozzy 2011 Independent
Money Makin Mozzy 2011 Independent
Dope Fiend Tryna Get His Corsica Back December 20, 2011 Independent
The Tonite Show with Mozzy (Hosted by DJ Fresh) November 19, 2013 Sumo / Fresh in the Flesh
Goonbody Embodiment February 14, 2014 Independent
Next Body On You April 19, 2014 Independent
Next Body On You Part 2 November 7, 2014 Independent
Gangland Landscape April 25, 2015 Independent
Bladadah July 11, 2015 Independent
Yellow Tape Activities September 11, 2015 Black Market Records
Down to the Wire: 4th Ave Edition November 27, 2015 Livewire Entertainment
Hexa Hella Extra Headshots 2 February 9, 2016 Independent
Beautiful Struggle March 11, 2016 Mozzy Records
Mandatory Check June 10, 2016 Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Lil Timothy n' Thingz July 29, 2016 Mozzy Records
1 Up Top Finna Drop (EP) November 16, 2016 Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Fake Famous January 26, 2017 Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
1 Up Top Ahk August 18, 2017 Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Spiritual Conversations (EP) March 2, 2018 Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Gangland Landlord October 5, 2018 Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution
Internal Affairs May 28, 2019 Mozzy Records / Empire Distribution

Collaborative albums and EPsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Giorgis, Hannah (5 October 2018). "The Powerful, Pained Raps of Sacramento's Mozzy". The Atlantic. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b Saponara, Michael (9 July 2018). "Mozzy Arrested for Gun Possession in Las Vegas: Report". Billboard. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "From the streets to stardom: Is Sacramento rapper Mozzy the next big thing?". Sacbee.com. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ "Sacramento Sensation Mozzy Courts Offers From Epic and Atlantic - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b "40 Best Rap Albums of 2015". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d David Drake (16 December 2015). "Sacramento Rapper Mozzy Had the Best Run of 2015 - Complex". Complex. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Lil Timothy n' Thingz (2008 Era) by Mozzy on Apple Music". iTunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  8. ^ 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 18 March 2016.
  9. ^ "YG Releases Two New Songs "Goapele Freestyle," & "City Mad"". Vibe. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Nef the Pharaoh Is Taking Off: Listen to His New Mixtape with Cardo, 'Neffy Got Wings'". Nosiey.vice.com. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  11. ^ "Mozzy Has Been True To Sacramento. Now He's Gunning For The World". Thefader.com. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Mozzy - Chart history - Billboard". Billboard.com. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  13. ^ "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 2016-03-17.
  14. ^ "Who the Hell Is Mozzy, the Antioch Rapper Who Has the Whole West Coast's Attention?". NOISEY. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  15. ^ ""Sacramento is Where I Call Home": An Interview with Mozzy". Passionweiss.com. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2018.

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