I don’t exactly know HOW bandsintown knows which artists to keep me updated on because I don’t recall signing up the service or filling out a questionnaire, but somehow, every once in a while I get an email announcing tour dates I actually care about. This past week was no exception with the announcement that everyone’s favorite Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz will be playing Slowdown on Saturday, April 18th.
Kosha started getting attention on the East Coast in the early 2000s for freestyling and winning battles. His long list of impressive accomplishments includes touring with the likes of Matisyahu and Snoop Dogg, having one of his songs appear in a Super Bowl commercial, and being the first artist signed to Murs’ label Murs 316. He is also known for incorporating Hebrew and Spanish into his rhymes, which is what initially attracted me, but it’s his down-to-earth personality and accessibility that has transformed me into a loyal fan.
Most people don’t know this, but Kosha was my first big interview after officially launching sayheytheremusic.com. Right after he released Awkward in a Good Way, I saw him tweet out he was available for interviews to any interested media outlets. I jumped on the opportunity and reached out, and we spoke soon thereafter. I remember him being much cooler than me, asking me questions about my blog, genuinely interested, as he drove around LA (and ended up getting lost). I remember my responses being less than ideal (“Uh, I just really like indie hip hop and soul. Music, uh, rules. Like, the good kind. So, I uh, write about the stuff I like.”) Drool. (I’ve since perfected my elevator speech. Ish.) Since then I’ve followed his music from concert live streams in Jewish museums to that time he got hacked by ISIS to playing SXSW, and I’m stoked to be able to see him live for the first time since becoming a fan.
Join me at Slowdown later this month and get yoself some Kosha Dillz!
(The video featured in this post is his latest drop.)