What’s the Dillz on Kosha?

Kosha Dillz live at the Aggie. Photo by Luke Sorgen
Kosha Dillz live at the Aggie. Photo by Luke Sorgen

By Luke Sorgen

Rami Even-Esh or better known as his MC name, Kosha Dillz, the 37-year-old rapper with a Jewish background, has a plethora of experience in the hip-hop music scene since he first rapped in 1999 at 17. Originally from Perth Amboy, New Jersey and living in Koreatown, Los Angeles, Dillz has been what some would call an “up-and-coming artist” although, the term is used lightly for what he would like to consider himself, “I would rather be a ‘coming artist’” said Dillz, “I’m coming. I’m coming to Colorado, I’m not ‘up and coming’; I am just coming.”

Kosha Dillz live at the Aggie. Photo by Luke Sorgen
Kosha Dillz live at the Aggie. Photo by
Luke Sorgen

Before Dillz first debut solo project in 2009, “Beverly Dillz”, he took advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with a popular reggae artist from a similar Jewish background, Matisyahu back in 2006; staying close and connected with him, touring festivals and venues such as the Fillmore Auditorium and crowds ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 people. Dillz has also had the chance to open for mega artists such as Travis Scott, Mac Miller, Macklemore, Snoop Dogg, Riza from Wu-Tang, the list goes on. The rapper has performed at big events like South by Southwest, the BET Awards, and Sundance but still doesn’t feel like he has gotten his chance to get engrained in the music scene yet.

Kosha Dillz is an artist with a large amount of finesse in his niche and like all of us, still perfecting his craft. With roots extending from New Jersey, enjoying mostly the east coast style hip hop more than the west coast vibe, which you can definitely find in his music flow and artistry with influence staples not too far from home such as the east coast underground hip hop scene, Redman from Wu-Tang, The Notorious B.I.G., he even mentioned inspirations from heavy rock and metal with bands, Metallica and Pantera. The shows he puts on is nothing other than a headliner caliber show with lots of energy and his own flare. Throughout his set, he would throw down a freestyle rap. The more he got in the studio, in front of the microphone performing and recording written content, it became easier for him to come up with verses on the spot.

Kosha Dillz live at the Aggie. Photo by Luke Sorgen
Kosha Dillz live at the Aggie. Photo by
Luke Sorgen

Overall, I think Rami Even-Esh, Kosha Dillz, is a far underrated artist with tons of raw talent and hard work that shows. The way he portrays himself on the stage in front of the crowd and whenever he is talking about his music makes me wonder why isn’t Kosha Dillz the headliner of the shows he performs for? Dillz is not a rookie for his music, just the opposite. With four full projects put and three of them being solo projects, the rapper has plenty quality music on his plate for people to have a reason to support, it’s only a matter of time before his music “sticks” permanently. Aspirations of being in movies, and rapping alongside the collaborations with artists like singer-songwriter Shamir, hip-hop artists Redman, Danny Brown, Action Bronson, and Nappy Roots. In the meantime, a new album is in the works and on the way with an estimated release date of April 2019, “Nobody Cares Except You”; a documentary “Kosha Dillz is Everywhere. The Hustle the Happiness” that is being produced with no timeline on the release date; featuring Dillz on the road and home living out his passion.

 

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