DRIP DROPS of HIP-HOP from CHATTANOOGA
By Sammy Lowdermilk
Explain the name - Cos#420. Where did it come from and what is it's meaning?
My government name is Marcos but everyone likes to pronounce it like Marcus (lol). I always had to explain its "Cos" (KOSE) not CUS and that became my nickname. My birthday is actually on April 20th, soooo I got high one day and merged the two (lol).
Talk a little bit about your brand, "$.L.U.".
$toners Link Up/ $trength Loyalty Unity. The brand is for the weed smokers who get shit done and love one another. I want to hopefully build this big network like a "frat-esque" type of mode where we can come together all over the world with music, love, weed, and business.
When did you start this journey into hip-hop/rap music? What are the major milestones you've hit along the way?
Music was always in me. It has always moved me. I've been composing for almost 20 yrs now, so I'm "old" in rap years (lol). One of my videos "Dope" hit 50k on youtube. I was pretty happy about that and I've earned lyricist of the year in Knox 3 times. I've won countless contests from Knoxville, Huntsville and Atlanta, but the real goal is to expand through the region/country/intentional and we definitely have some reach, with streams touching 45 countries and over 600 cities, that’s what I’m most happy about!
What artists have inspired you through the years and even now?
Lil Wayne and Andre 3k are my favorite, but every artist inspires me and not just rap. I love Van Gogh and Edgar Allan Poe, Beethoven. "Symphony No.7 in A major" by Beethoven and a blunt is what I use to bring me out of writer’s block sometimes (lol).
What is your creative process like? (Work from a concept? a beat? lyrics first then find the music that fits?)
Sometimes it's the instrumental and the producer that brings a vision to me and other times it's just a reflection on a particular situation or feeling I had. There's no real "routine". I try to draw inspiration from everything around me.
What's the hip-hop scene like in Knoxville and how has it evolved over the years?
Like any city I feel it's saturated with bullsh**t, but when you can cut through that we have about 10-15 Rap/R&B artists that I feel are Gold and more that need to be exposed. I actually have a radio show on 103.9FM in Knoxville called "$LU radio" Wednesdays and Fridays from 10p - 12a (shameless plug lol), but I play mostly Knoxville-based artists so I get to go through a lot of the scene's music.
What can we expect from Cos#420 in 2019?
Growth. Lots of music. Lots of visuals. Lots of merch. Lots of traveling and pulling up to a venue near you with the BIG BAG! $LUUUUUUUUU
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