Cozjin Carter from Hamilton, Ontario, released his breakthrough rap single "Wave" at the age of 20. The Hamilton-area and RATSmagazine can't stop listening to the new single. RATS had the privilege to be the first to interview the young breakthrough artist. Cozjin talks about his new single "Wave" and beginning his career.
RATSmagazine: When did you decide you wanted to become a rapper and was there any specific inspiring moment?
Cozjin: I would have to say I decided I wanted to be a rapper in the ninth grade when I first made a (terrible) rap song in my friend’s basement-studio. My friends kept telling me how much they liked my delivery. I can’t recall any inspiring moment off hand -- but I can definitely say what lead me to this was when I was at college. Instead of listening to my professors, I was writing songs in lectures. I dropped out of college and invested the money I would have put in college in[to] my music.
RM:What artists have inspired you the most?
C: Frank Sinatra, Big L, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Nas, Michael Jackson, Slick Rick, Eminem, and Kanye West to name a few.
RM: Frank Sinatra is an interesting influence; are you looking to add some 50's influence in your rap?
C: Frank Sinatra is my idol, so for sure! A lot of my early tracks I never released have a bunch of Frank Sinatra intros on them, so you can definitely expect some 50's influence on the next project.
RM: When did you start your rap career?
C: I made a few songs throughout grades 9-12 and they were awful. But in my first year of college I convinced my close friend, Adam, to let me borrow his microphone to create a studio at my house. Once I created that studio, for the next two years I would continuously practice until I finally decided it was time I invested in myself. I started emailing out a few producers and once I got Chef Byer to agree to produce a beat for me, I started from there.
RM: What inspired "Wave"?
C: It was the first legitimate beat I had ever gotten and I wasn’t sure if I would ever get a chance at another beat, so I requested that Chef make me a beat that could be used as a single, a party anthem. Around that time, I was going out often and thought, “what could I say that is not too careless but enough to make an individual feel good shouting out while partying." So, I ended up making "Wave" with the context being about not only feeling great while being [intoxicated] but feeling confident without any type of drug or boost. You can be on a Wave after scoring a game winning shot, or just by feeling good about yourself.
RM: When is the EP being released?
C: The EP is coming out September 20. Which is actually the day my beautiful older sister, Ana, turns 24. It is titled “The Less You Say”. I rap a bunch on this record but I also sing a bit on it as well, covering personal things in my life, as well as the rather crazy things; without saying too much.
RM: What goes into writing a rap/ how long did the writing process take?
C: A lot of patience and passion. This could not have been done without either a real drive or love for music. I had "Wave" written 10 months ago and I was still trying to perfect it before getting into the studio just four months ago. It took about three months of a lot of lost sleep to write the entire project. Certain songs took a few weeks and some came together naturally within a week. "Wave" was actually a track I was able to write within a week and a bit, opposed to the other four songs which took a bit longer to piece together.
RM: You seem to have a lot of pride for your city, has Hamilton or the arts and culture around Hamilton influenced your music?
C: Definitely. Hamilton is a great city and I am more than proud to say that I am from here. On a everyday basis, there is a lot of good and bad so by taking those into account, it definitely helped me paint the image I wanted to create lyrically. There is not another city I would rather say I grew up in.
Cozjin at the age of 20 is already making waves with his amazing lyrical talent and professionalism. Look out for his official EP release September 20, and for many other exciting projects coming soon, be sure to follow his twitter: https://twitter.com/Cozjin, soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/Cozjin, and facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cozjinca, to stay up to date. Cozjin wants to thank “The people of this great city. I am more than grateful for the support I have gotten over the past few days. Especially those who have pushed this further than social media, whether it’s being on forums, emailing websites and more -- it means the world to me. Shout out to theplayroom. one time.” And if you are having a hard time waiting till September like myself, we suggest keeping "Wave" on repeat!