Mozzy Presents: 1 Up Top Ahk Tour – Tickets – The Roxy Theatre – West Hollywood, CA – November 30th, 2017

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Mozzy Presents: 1 Up Top Ahk Tour

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Mozzy Presents: 1 Up Top Ahk Tour

OMB Peezy

Thursday November 30

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is all ages

Regional rap conversations seldom mention Sacramento. Apart from C-Bo and horrorcore forefather Brotha Lynch Hung, few can name one rapper from California’s capital. Mozzy (Timothy Patterson) is rapidly redirecting the discussion. His hardened gangster narratives eschew the exaggerated violence of horrorcore, favoring the kind of terrifying front line reportage verified by police reports and far too many headstones.

Hailing from Oak Park, one of the city’s most dangerous and disenfranchised neighborhoods, Mozzy is a voice for and an inspiration to friends, family, and fellow citizens. His inventive slang, vivid diction, and visceral emotion have made the 28-year-old a local star, and his music videos have racked up millions of YouTube views without outside help. His recent works have been heralded by distinguished publications like Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, which placed 2015's Bladadah on its “40 Best Rap Albums of 2015” list. While Mozzy, Sacramento, and Oak Park are already synonymous, they will soon be ubiquitous.

Like most Oak Park denizens, the odds were stacked against Mozzy from birth. Born to a felon father and dope-addicted mother, his grandmother and several aunts raised him. The former instilled his unwavering work ethic while the latter inspired his interest in rap.

“My aunts used to listen to the music videos on BET. I recorded them and played them over and over,” Mozzy says. “Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Death Row, and No Limit--they were my influences.”

Writing rhymes and rapping since the age of six, Mozzy performed at talent shows in his pre-teens and was featured on locally renowned rap albums. Unfortunately, gang life also colored his youth. Friends were lost to decade-long wars and Mozzy was consumed by the crossfire.

“I was forced into it. It wasn’t a part of my playbook,” he explains, citing several family members who were affiliated with gangs. “It just naturally happened.”

For years, Mozzy engaged in gang activity and sold narcotics concurrently. Still, writing and recording music was paramount, both a constant source of catharsis and a road to redemption. When he went to jail in 2014, he used his phone calls to orchestrate the release of already recorded albums and videos. In 2015, he released four independent albums (Gangland Landscape, Bladadah, Yellow Tape Activities, Down the Wire: 4th Ave Edition) and several collaborative projects. “I live in the studio,” he says. “I’m putting one in my house so I can literally live in it.”

While his early material was riddled with emptied clips and closed caskets, recent albums, like 2016’s Beautiful Struggle, display marked growth. The horrifying has become sobering, and the aggression has been supplanted by somber reflection. A proud and protective father who spent months fighting for the custody of his three-year-old daughter, Mozzy articulates personal and societal tragedies as much as he hopes to prevent them.

“Once upon a time, I didn’t talk about nothing but murder, selling drugs, and crazy shit,” he explains. “If you listen to my music now, it’s about the consequences of this shit.”

Now splitting time between L.A. and Sacramento, Mozzy is awaiting the release of his next album, Mandatory Check. In addition to features from Rich Homie Quan, IamSu, and the late Bay legend Jacka, the project showcases the talent of Mozzy’s closest compatriots (e.g. E Mozzy, Kunta) and his longtime go-to producer, June on the Beat. Still, the story belongs to Mozzy. Tales of retribution temper requiems for fallen friends. The pain of the past illuminates the profundity of newfound success. Throughout, he utilizes his singular Oak Park slang (e.g. yeeky, bladadah, blamatory), artful wordplay, and inimitable conversational flow. There are no radio friendly singles on the album, but Mozzy isn’t concerned. He only cares about his fans, the people who are still dealing with the hardships that rap has helped him escape.
OMB Peezy
OMB Peezy
When he first moved to Sacramento, California at the age of 12, OMB Peezy immediately stood
out from the rest of the children in his 7th grade classroom. The Alabama native’s thick accent
made him an instant sensation among his peers, who begged him to repeat words in his
rounded-out drawl and over-enunciated his given name, LeParis. “When I came to California, I
didn’t like how they said my name,” he remembers. “It was like they were on Disney Channel, so
I was like, ‘Just call me Peezy.’” Soon, teachers, and even the principal, were following suit.
Nearly a decade later, the 20-year-old rapper brings this same uncompromising attitude to his
magnetic songs, painting vivid pictures of struggle, revenge, and betrayal with a sound that
captures the blues-tinged inflections of his Southern predecessors and the boundless energy of
his Northern California contemporaries. Peezy’s unique style has shattered geographical
confines in 2017, landing him a record deal with 300 Entertainment, and earning high praise
from The FADER, who recently hailed him as “The New Voice Of Regional Rap.” The accolades
have come swiftly for Peezy, but he’s always been able to adapt on his own terms.
As a young kid growing up in Mobile’s Orange Grove projects, Peezy was constantly
surrounded by music. He played drums and piano in the church and sharpened his skills as an
orator with the help of his uncles, who were pastors and preachers. Peezy closely studied
Boosie Badazz, admiring the Baton Rouge rapper’s ability to create songs “for any situation life
puts you through,” as well as local heroes Mr. Bigg and C-Nile, who rapped detailed accounts of
the pitfalls of Mobile street life. “It’s crabs in a bucket,” he says of his hometown. “If one crab
tries to make it out, they gon’ pull ‘em back down.” Seeking better opportunities for her children,
Peezy’s mother moved the family to Sacramento, where the young rapper began to develop his
Peezy’s breakout song, “Lay Down,” released in December, is a tribute to all the mileage that
he’s covered, combining the intricate melodies and dexterous rapping of his regional rap
influences to create a sound that’s entirely original. The ominous track, and the anthemic
follow-up “When I Was Down,” quickly found traction in Northern California, reaching the ears of
rising star Nef The Pharaoh and Bay Area icon E-40, who has taken Peezy under his wing.
“He’s been in the game for almost thirty years and he’s still moving strong,” he said of his
mentor. “That’s what excited me the most: that someone who can teach me so much was
interested in what I was doing.”
As he prepares to release his debut mixtape, Loyalty Over Love, Peezy is looking to emulate
the longevity of Boosie, 40, and other rappers who have put their area on the map and made
long-lasting impressions on the genre. “I’m trying to tell my story and make a complete project,”
he says about the tape. “I want people to grow into me as an artist instead of just paying
attention to one or two hit songs.” Though Peezy is still young, the emotional weight of his
delivery suggests a wisdom far beyond his years and the potential to expand upon his distinct
technical abilities. “Chances make champions and history repeats itself but opportunities don’t,”
he says, repeating his motivational mantras. For now, Peezy is focused on the task at hand.