Rising rapper Mozzy has announced his partnership with Yo Gotti’s CMG Records. To celebrate, the Sacramento star recruits fellow Californian Roddy Ricch for a defiant, deeply personal new track called “Real Ones.”
The stirring anthem is accompanied by a visual, which perfectly captures Mozzy’s message of perseverance. Scenes of Mozzy and Roddy rapping in a room drenched with amber light are interspersed with grainy footage of a young boy left to his own devices. In a particularly powerful scene, Mozzy continues to rap as his partner gets violently detained by the police.
The 34-year-old, who previously hustled as an independent artist on his own Mozzy Records, shares his journey on “Real Ones.” “Forced to blow them hammers, ain’t no human that I fear,” he spits in his signature fast flow. “I know when the love is hella fake and when it’s pure.” A blend of catharsis and anger at the rap game, he celebrates his hard-fought victories, calls out his enemies, and thanks his team. Roddy Ricch then steps up for a poignant chorus.
“Real Ones” underlines why Mozzy has been one of the most celebrated figures in rap for more than half a decade. In 2015, he began a mixtape run that many hip-hop fans point to as an all-time effort. As Complex wrote back then, “This year alone the acclaimed artist released four solo full-lengths, several collaborative albums, and a flurry of flawless guest spots. In the process, he’s built up a tremendous street buzz.” Since then, Mozzy has dropped a number of groundbreaking releases, including 2015 mixtape Bladadah, his 2017 studio debut, 1 Up Top Ahk, and 2021’s Untreated Trauma, which landed at No.19 on the Billboard 200.
With Yo Gotti’s CMG (Moneybagg Yo, 42 Dugg, EST Gee) by his side, Mozzy has the support needed to take his brilliant street tales and witty flexes to a much wider audience. And the massive, radio-ready “Real Ones” is an important step towards becoming one of the biggest names in rap.