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Who’s Next Spotlight: Cocky Cuz

Stage Name: Cocky Cuz

Age: 27

Birthplace: Miami, FL


1. Describe your sound. 

My sound is Modern R&B fused with elements of Hip-Hop. You can expect to hear some crazy melodies paired with metaphors and bars. 

2. Who are the Top 5 artists (dead or alive) that inspires you as an artist? No particular order. 

Mike Jack, Usher, Breezy, Drake, Future

3. How did you know this is what you wanted to do? 

I was born to do this s***. I been singing since a Jit, aggravating my family by singing everything that played on the radio. I can’t see myself doing anything else.

4. What’s the name of the first track you ever recorded? What was your inspiration behind it? 

My mom was a probation officer and she had this dude on her caseload named Franklin. (I hope this nigga see this cause I haven’t seen him since I was 10) He had a studio and I recorded a song called “All I need” it was about a shorty who I was crushin’ on in elementary. It was gas

5. First person you ever saw in concert & where. 

My cousin used to have a huge Bey fetish. She brought me a ticket to a Destiny’s Child concert in Miami to join her. I had never been to a concert before. The energy was stupid. Seeing fans lose their shit the moment right before they hit the stage was wild. I used to have a crush on Kelly Rowland so I can’t lie I was hype that I was there. 

6. Tell us about your first performance. 

My first performance was at the Dade County Youth Fair. My mom made me sing I believe I can fly at some Karaoke stand. I was ugly asf. I remember I had braids that barely touch my neck. I killed it though, people was hella impressed. 

7. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? 

I did some crazy s***. I can’t pinpoint the craziest right now but I burnt my hand making Koolaid smh. The story on my IG TV.

8. What has been your favorite quarantine hobby? 

Bible study. I used to have a strong spiritual connection with God when I was in college and for some reason, I got off track for a couple of years. Quarantine gave me a lot of leisure time to get back right, prioritize, and re-strengthen my relationship. 

9. Let us know why YOU are Next. 

It’s apart of my destiny. I got an EP called (Road Trip dropping next month. It takes you on an emotional journey that highlights some of my everyday struggles, and how they motivate me. I was born missing the main artery from my kidney to my heart. Doctors said I wouldn’t live past the age of two and if I did I wouldn’t be able to walk or talk. Here I am, a big singing ass nigga. I’m different. I have stories to share. Places to go. Money to get. It’s bigger than me.

Shout out your social handles & where people can find your music. 

S/O to all my supporters and everyone who’s been following my journey. If you are reading this, Know that I appreciate you. I’m thankful for you. I love you. Thanks for rooting for me. If you don’t already follow me on IG & Twitter @CockyCuz You can find my single Tonight streaming everywhere. My SoundCloud link here.

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