Stephen Goss best known as Cousin Stizz is an American rapper and songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts.
He grew up in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A childhood friend gave him the nickname "Cousin Stizz" when he was 12. After a close friend was shot to death, he began to behave recklessly. His parents gave him a choice of military school or a high school in the suburbs; he chose the latter, attending Reading Memorial High School in Reading, MA.
In his late teens, he began freestyling with friends in a local cypher series and released music as part of the group Pilot Nation later that year. A boost to his drive to turn rapping into a full-time career came in 2013 with the early success of friend and fellow Boston rapper Michael Christmas. In 2014 after months of recording, Stizz released his first official single as a solo artist, "Shoutout."
His debut mixtape as a solo artist, Suffolk County, released 1 June 2015, received over 12 million listens on Soundcloud. Wide notice also came with the release on the internet of a video of Drake playing Stizz's single "Shoutout" at the star's birthday party.
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