The Sacramento O.G. Mourns His Granny and His Close Friends, and Expresses Gratitude For His Safety and Success With His New Video Single
Painting pictures of street struggles through clear-eyed narratives about his checkered past, Sacramento’s Mozzy is one of rap’s most respected raconteurs. The Sacramento king takes a long look inward, contemplating his legacy on the poignant new video single “If I Die Right Now,” with single artwork that pays tribute to those Mozzy has lost over the years. Over a soulful instrumental by KAVI, the Oak Park native reflects on his come-up–starting from his early days rapping as Lil Tim–and all the hardships he endured, from family and friends passing away (“Granny died on the same couch I use to sleep on“) to his struggle with substances (“Overdosin’ ain’t that far off it’s relatable”). Despite all the tribulations and trust issues, Mozzy finds solace in his craft and in the love of his fans: “If I die right now is any the n****s I called bruddas gon’ miss me the way the fans would.” In the video, Mozzy spotlights the citizens of his Oak Park, Sacramento community, who have dealt with similar travails as the star rapper and are still standing.
“If I Die Right Now” continues a productive year for the prolific rapper. Before Mozzy finished up a one-year bid in May, he released KOLLECT KALL, a 6-track EP featuring appearances from YFN Lucci, Baby Money, and his Sacramento associates E Mozzy and Celly Ru, and home to the acclaimed single “FREE ALL THE LIFERS.“KOLLECT KALL earned coverage in Pitchfork, Rap Radar, HotNewHipHop, Okayplayer, and more. Mozzy has been keeping the streets hot with singles like the hard-hitting “Count Time” and the flex-heavy “10 Percent” (5.8 million views).
Mozzy is currently hard at work on the full-length follow-up to 2022’s Survivor’s Guilt, his first album released in partnership with CMG/Interscope Records. Coming this fall, Mozzy’s next album continues his run as one of the most acclaimed and popular street rappers of his generation. He has earned two GOLD certifications from the RIAA as a lead artist–“Excuse Me” and “Sleep Walkin–and three more on his collaborations with Skylar Grey, Likybo, and $tupid Young. Mozzy earned mainstream recognition in 2018, when his song “Sleep Walkin” was featured in a pivotal scene in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, and more recently, his street classic “Bladadah” placed #68 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best West Coast Rap Songs of All Time.