Boston’s Cousin Stizz broke last year with one of the best debut mixtapes I’ve ever heard, Suffolk County, so my expectations for his sophmore release were high.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Monda, named after a dead homie, moves Stizz closer to superstardom. It’s still got lots of drawl and druggy songs, but there’s also more experimental tunes like 500 Horses, which grinds forward with a nod and a lurch, just like being in the saddle. And Stizz does practically the whole thing himself. This is a young man with a lot to say, and all of us should listen.