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Album Review: Nobody Cares Except You by Kosha Dillz

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Rami Matan Even-Esh, or better known by his stage name, Kosha Dillz, is a Jewish rapper from New Jersey. Besides being exposed to hip hop music at Bar Mitzvah dances, he got his start in rapping at the age of 17 and was involved in the battle rap scene in NYC. Eventually, this helped him get comfortable and start creating his own albums. Now, Kosha Dillz releases his fifth studio album, Nobody Cares Except You.

The first track from the album is the title track, Nobody Cares Except You. Honestly, the first time I heard the beginning, I was a bit turned off. However, if you can get through the first ten seconds, you will not be disappointed. The singing at the beginning threw me off and may turn you off at first, but after giving it several listens, this has been stuck in my head for the past week. The beat is pretty simplistic with the piano and drumkit, but it's easily one of my favorites off of the album. As I said before, the chorus will take some time to grow on you, but it will end up getting stuck in your head after awhile.

For the Ones was a really exciting track for me, especially with a nostalgia blast with his feature, Matisyahu. When I was first getting into reggae back in high school, one of the main artists I listened to was Matisyahu so I was really happy, but also surprised to see this feature. There are a lot of reggae elements thrown into this track and it really ends up meshing well together. Also, since both of them are Jewish artists, there are a lot of references in there that you can pick out.

Is It Me brings us to the longest track on the album, but it is just a bit over four minutes in length. This track opens up with a bell-like beat that keeps on ringing throughout the track. Besides that, you can definitely hear the use of auto tune during the chorus of the track. While it has had a negative spotlight in the early 2000s, it has been making a comeback and plenty of rappers are starting to take advantage of it today. Honestly, this track really highlights some of his best rapping, especially with his flow and rhyme scheme on the second verse.

Exercise opens up pretty quietly with some light notes. You are also greeted by a quick skit from Kosha Dillz. He talks about how he's ready to go to the gym and has a lot of energy, which draws back to the title of the track, Exercise. I can definitely hear some Logic influences on this track, based on his flow and also some of the quick witted lines thrown in here and there. Other than that, it's a great track, there are just some cheesy things that might throw some people off.

Humble Man definitely has a unique instrumental backing the track. You hear the piano, however, it's also backed by a synthesizer to give it a strange overlay effect. After giving it a few more listens, it does sound like something you might have heard in the late 90s or early 2000s, but it hasn't aged that well in my opinion. According to the artist himself, he's talked about how he's been humble for too long, so now's the time to bring out the big guns and talk down on some other rappers.

W9 brings us back to the trap-styled beats, but also has some of the synthesizers effects that were introduced on the previous track. One thing that I really liked from the track are the layers of vocals throughout the track. You have him rapping in a lower and quieter style, but also a louder and higher pitched voice. Since the title of the track is a tax form, you can easily assume that this track talks about money, but mainly getting and flaunting the money.

Real Me definitely brings us back to more of Kosha Dillz R&B side. I can also see some Drake influences on this track, with the mix of R&B and rapping. Besides that, it's definitely a light and playful beats with the piano and quick paced drum beats. He talks about his real self and some of the things he went through in his life. Some of the quick issues he has touched on in this track are relationship issues as well as phone addiction.

As soon as Schmoozin' opens up, you can definitely see the Jewish culture tied into this track. It's also a complete banger if you want something new to put on your playlist. Besides a lot of the Jewish references, he also name drops Eminem and his 8 Mile Road in Detroit. I can actually hear some Eminem influences in his tracks as well so it definitely seems like he has been an influence for some of his music.

Age opens up with an almost flute-like sound that is carried out through the track. It definitely has a 'dreamy' vibe as well as a video game aesthetic. Besides the light and playful theme, this track focuses on the theme of age. Kosha Dillz talks about this girl and he talks about he's too old for this girl, and that she's too young for him. He also talks about the age gap and the differences since they were both born in a different decade.

Never Ever Have I is another classic piano type beat. This is also another track where I can definitely hear the Logic influences. While I haven't really been a huge fan of his singing on earlier tracks, this is really an improvement. Also, the transitions between the singing and rapping are much better on this one. Even though Kosha Dillz may never get the recognition like some other big name rappers, he said the recognition by a smaller crowd is still nice.

They Know What My Name Is is a trap-inspired beat with light playful notes and your typical trap drumkit. While instrumentally it is a complete change up from the last track, lyrically, it seems like it is connected with the last track. On this track, he talks about how he feels like he isn't going to be famous and make it big. However, when he's walking down the street, he talks about how there are some people that will still notice him.

Tommy Pickles was another nostalgia blast from me. If you know who Tommy Pickles is, then you will be familiar with Rugrats and the opening theme. No one ever expected someone to make a beat with the opening theme, but here we are in 2020 with a Rugrats type beat. Since it's been quite a few years since I've seen the television show, it was nice to get a refresher of the characters and a lot of quick witted lines about the show.
 
Solo features another big name artist, Gangsta Boo a former member from Three 6 Mafia. Besides that, it's also one of the shortest tracks on the album, just over three minutes in length. This track really dives into the depths of loneliness and the dark thoughts that can start to creep in. Kosha Dillz talks about how he cries and will eventually die alone. While I am not a huge Gangsta Boo fan, I really feel like she stepped it up on this track and she talks about how she is fighting these issues by herself.
 
The last and final track from the album is End of the Night. Never thought I'd hear a synth-focused track on this album, but if you're a regular visitor of the blog, you know that I love my synth heavy tracks. You also have some popular trap sound effects so it's more of a hip hop beat. This track basically talks about how Kosha Dillz is living the luxurious life and is on the top of the world when the night is just about over.

With the internet having an abundance of music from smaller artists. Kosha Dillz is definitely someone you shouldn't sleep on. With the high quality beats, decent features, and some amazing bars, this guy definitely has a potential of making it big. I would definitely recommend adding some of these tracks to a playlist to get you pumped up.

Overall Rating: 8/10
Favorite Tracks: Nobody Cares Except You, For the Ones, Is It Me, W9, Schmoozin', Never Ever Have I, Tommy Pickles, End of the Night
 
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