Los Angeles-based rapper Cozz is back with the soulful new single and video “Addicted.” The track gives Cozz room to explore his vices, bringing revelation and empathy. It’s another honest performance from one of rap’s most thoughtful MCs, and it arrives alongside a fittingly intimate and meditative video.
“Addicted” finds Cozz spitting over silky-smooth soul production, replete with glowing horns—a warm backdrop for those sharp one-liners and world-building narratives. From the jump, he makes it clear he’s bearing all of himself. “Ditching my addictions is like switching my pigment,” he raps. “Shit, if you got any advice I’m here to listen.”
After three years of silence, Dreamville’s West Coast star has returned to delight fans with a vibrant new era. “Addicted” and Cozz’s October track “Fortunate” are a stirring one-two punch, showing off the distinct sides of his work—introspective and triumphant—that his devoted and passionate fan base have already loved for years.
Cozz has long established himself as a rapper capable of textured and emotional songwriting on albums like 2014’s Cozz and Effect and 2018’s Effected. But over the last few years, the L.A. MC has also proven to be a game collaborator, becoming an essential part of J. Cole’s Dreamville Records and their beloved group record, Revenge of the Dreamers III. On that set, he handles “LamboTruck” with Reason and Childish Major, as well as “1993” with J. Cole, JID, EarthGang, Buddy, and Smino, and more. The star-studded effort helped solidify Cozz’s case as one of the most intriguing MCs going, and now he’s poised to deliver on that. “Addicted” explores the murky parts of life, which serves as a nice foil to “Fortunate,” a celebration of the good times. This recent run is a continuation of the complexity and emotional brilliance Cozz brings to all of his music, and “Addicted” is one of his most thoughtful, vivid tracks yet.