Kosha Dillz's Guide to Dining With Gangsta Boo
The usually hyper-local Tweets is Watching takes a broader view of the world this week as we cast our Twitter-based questions in the direction of Kosha Dillz, who was born and raised just over the river in New Jersey. His top notch new album, Awkward In A Good Way, is out now via MURS's 316 venture, and he'll be showing some New York City love by hitting the stage at Webster Hall on December 8th. Ahead of that, here's Kosha Dillz talking about dining with Gangsta Boo, his love of spoof rap troupe Turquoise Jeep, and his reaction to being anointed by the Complex media machine as the world's most stylish Jewish rapper.
You've been tweeting a lot about the new video for "Where My Homies Be" with Gangsta Boo and MURS. How did the collaboration come about?
I actually met Gangsta Boo at a party in L.A., it was like a trap party in a warehouse and I went to go and see her play. We kinda hit it off and started talking after the show. We went out to dinner and basically because we were so different to each other we connected on a weird level. She had seen some of the stuff I'd done, like the BET cypher, and she decided to drop a verse for me. Then MURS, who I've known for a while, he wanted to get on the project 'cause he was like, "Oh, I need to get a song with Gangsta Boo." Everyone was kinda stoked about Gangsta Boo.
Where did you go out for dinner with Gangsta Boo?
To Mel's Diner in Hollywood.
What did she order?
She was with this one girl and they had chicken and I want to say they got some wings and ranch sauce, which is odd 'cause I usually get breakfast food 'cause I don't eat meat outside the house unless it's kosher, but it's Gangsta Boo and she has her whole southern flavor.
What was that first conversation with Gangsta Boo at the party like?
She came up to me and said, "What do you do?" Just like that. I became shy and intimidated. We were talking about that later, I was saying I felt intimidated by her and she was asking why so I told her because she's a strong southern woman.
You were recently anointed by Complex as the most stylish Jewish rapper. Did you even realize you were in the running?
I did not know until I got a text message from Kyle Rapps in the morning. I don't know if you know Kyle Rapps but every time he texts me it's always Yung Something, like Yung Village Voice, and he was like Yung Complex. I was like what the hell? I'm the most stylish Jewish rapper? It was kinda of interesting. I told it to my barber who totally knows that I have no style whatsoever. I was always the worst dressed among my friends so to celebrate I went out and bought some clothes on Black Friday.
Also, People magazine just put me in their Instagram with the new clothes I bought as a celebration of my Complex accolade. It was kind of interesting.
Do you expect to see many more people dressing like Kosha Dillz now?
You know what? That would be nice but I don't think so. There's only a couple of ways to dress, you know? I think if you look at it most people dress alike and I do dress a little bit different. I think I go for the ex-athlete-turned-rapper look, the ex-convict-turned-rapper look, like somewhere in-between there or the two of them combined.