Coming to us from Richmond, VA, King Cotz is a 23 year independent rapper, lyricist and hip-hop artist. King Cotz has been writing songs since he was 10 years old. He’s known for his flawless bars and smooth upbeat flow. King Cotz graduated from Virginia Tech in 2018 and has extensive business, marketing, and entrepreneurship experience.
“Doomsday” is an insane new track from King Cotz. His rap ability is incomparable! I’m blasting this track on repeat so I don’t miss one word of it. I don’t know how he has any time to breathe between every bar that he spits absolutely flawlessly and effortlessly. The precision and timing of every word is incredible. The heavy backbeat is addicting and catchy. “Doomsday today, you will know my name” is a great lyric throughout the chorus. King Cotz’ exudes confidence. He knows that he has a unique sound that needs to be spread in the music industry. His listeners and fans are instantly addicted to King Cotz’ sound. I love the ending of the track “Doomsday” when the beat fades out and it’s just King Cotz’ voice spitting bars to finished up this dope song. As if we needed anymore proof, he has to show us that he doesn't need a back beat to sound killer. There are big things coming for King Cotz in the future. Stay on the lookout for the prolific rhyme slinger, rap artist extraordinaire, King Cotz.
Listen to "Doomsday" here and get to know more about King Cotz below!
Welcome to BuzzMusic, can you start by introducing yourself to our readers?
Hey what's up BuzzMusic, thank you for the welcome. My name is Carter and I'm a 23 year old rapper and hip-hop artist in Richmond, Virginia called King Cotz. I graduated from Virginia Tech last year with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Business. I've been writing songs since I was around 10 years old, but recently I've dedicated myself to consistently releasing new music and taking my brand to the next level. 2019 was the official start of a long path and long journey towards my full potential.
Where did the stage name King Cotz come from?
The "Cotz" is actually a combination of both my first and last names. I came up with "King Cotz" when I was younger and no other names I thought of ever worked better. Also, my friends came to know me as King Cotz, and it’s a very unique name – so I thought it was the perfect fit. The "King" part is also a reference to the neighborhood I grew up in.
What’s inspired the lyrics in “Doomsday”?
Doomsday is actually a very personal song, laced with double meanings and metaphors. It's about a personal event that happened in my life where I encountered my own "Doomsday." The other part of the meaning is about how underrated and underappreciated I've been throughout my music career. I knew that once I dropped this song it was doomsday for the hip-hop industry, because I'm now on the rise and ready to take over.
What would be your dream collaboration? Why?
That's a tough one. There are so many fantastic artists I look up to and have learned from. Personally, I would want a collaboration with NF. I first listened to NF when I heard his song "Notepad" - which is a song speaking directly to his songwriting notepad about all the tough times it got him through. That song really struck a personal tone with me as I can relate through my own songwriting and journey. If you write music, I strongly recommend giving that song and all of NF's music a listen.
What's the rap scene like in Richmond, VA?
Richmond, Virginia has a growing and emerging underground rap scene. It's not as nationally recognized as many other cities, but I think the potential is there for Richmond to really grow and become a staple for rap/hip-hop. Recently in 2019, Levar Stoney (Richmond's mayor) declared February 13th "Mad Skillz Day" to forever honor Richmond's rap pride and past. The rapper Mad Skillz really helped to put Richmond and Virginia on the national stage when he released his 1996 album, "From Where???" Richmond is a very historic city in general, and it's now known for the fantastic food, plentiful breweries, and artsy attractions. Richmond is also a top city for entrepreneurs and start-ups, which is something I've been involved in throughout the past couple of years. I plan to continue pushing forward Richmond's rap scene and help carve a better path for other RVA artists who have struggled to find the right exposure. With my past experience in songwriting, entrepreneurship, marketing, and sales, I would love to become a role model for both Richmond and Virginia.
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