With raw, real-life rhymes and an incredible ear for production, London-by-way–New York rapper Big Cousin is making a hefty statement with his debut release, Blue Money. For fans authentic, no-bullsh*t hip-hop through the lens a passionate young artist, this EP will easily become one your standout projects 2019.
In terms inspiration, BC points to the likes Little Brother, Kanye West, Jay Z and Cam’ron, and that definitely shows in how he approaches his art. For one, he’s backed with production from Khrysis, Eric G., Jansport J, and Nottz. And with their slew crunchy, sample-flipping instrumentals behind him, BC spits introspective raps about his life and times across the EP’s six tracks.
While a majority the project is a solo affair for this rising rapper, Big Cousin is joined by a pair guest emcees who have had a serious impact on his career. First, we find the Midwest’s own Stalley on the Khrysis-produced title track, for a collaboration that BC recalls as one the most important moments his life. “He gave me some wise words” says BC. “Things that definitely opened my eyes and made me want to take this to the next level,” he adds. And for the EP’s closer, you can find none other than Evidence kicking some slick bars over a Nottz instrumental on “Bleed Respect.” The head nodding instrumental from the VA producer is the perfect backdrop for some slick wordplay from Ev and BC, who will hopefully bless us with more collaborations in the future.
The title track is also accompanied with a visual, under the directorial lens Deevelop Media who follow the two rappers as they spit their bars on a Hollis street corner. It’s a fittingly chill scenario that captures the blue-collar vibe the track and the artists themselves.
The six track EP is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms through Big Cousin’s own label, Global Not Local Records.