Showcasing a thoughtful or timeless approach to hip hop, Chessboard leads with intention – a storyline rooted amidst integrity, focused and open, blending personal feeling with poetic cleverness and scene-setting for a wholly engaging listen.
Cuzzo is a versatile Upcoming artist from Washington, D.C. This popping artist in Washington, D.C, predominantly sings HipHop and Rap. Cuzzo released his first single, “Chessboard,” off his upcoming project “The Transition,” which will be released sometime this year.
Cuzzo has been inspired by Notorious B.I.G, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, Andre 3000, & Many More.
His singles got Local radio airplay from Washington, DC, and major radio stations (WPGC & WKYS). Previous videos have had multiple features on worldstarhiphop.com. Has recorded (3) previous projects that had success.
Offering multiple layers of reverb-soaked vocals, each raining down with a certain whispered delicacy and subtly passionate performance alike, Chessboard runs through its initial minute-thirty with a select few loops of melody and vocal concept. Then things switch gears, space comes into play, a few cinematic details and fragments of spoken word to really set the scene.
The intention is story-telling, and the looping nature of the soundscape with its multi-layered warmth makes you really lose yourself to the potential topic in a strangely compelling way.
The entire latter half of the track is, in fact, way less heavy lyrically – almost like an artistic break, allowing the story to trail off, the subject to leave you wondering.
In any case, there are threads of character to the musical progression. It will be interesting to hear where else Cuzzo takes this alternative hip hop sound in the future.