CURRENT: Cousin Stizz – “Shoutout” [Gravez Remix]

Boston rapper Cousin Stizz’s “Shoutout” has been online for over a year now, but with the recent release of his debut mixtape Suffolk County, the budding rapper’s 2014 track receives a remix from Gravez. Instead of reconstructing “Shoutout,” Gravez utilizes the many great things present in the original and positions them in a slightly new light. Stizz delivers his rhymes with a stoic, matter-of-fact clarity, and the rapper offers subtle, illuminating truths. The arpeggiating synths in the original take on a more prominent role, giving the track an almost whimsical, dreamlike quality. “Shoutout to the money / Love, the drugs / Shoutout to the money from the drugs,” Stizz raps to the point it becomes a mantra. As he flips pounds, he flips the script on the narrative of drug use in the black community. If money is power, and drugs make money, then, well, you do the math.

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