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KOSHA DILLZ

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | INDIE

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2008
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"2013 Kosha Dillz Highlights"

- Fresh off a summer 24 city ampitheatre tour with Matisyahu, Rebelution, Collie Buddz, Zion I
- 5 country European Festival summer tour with the likes of Macklemore, Matisyahu, Asap Rocky, Phoenix, and more
- NBA 2k13 playable character along side Mac Miller , 5,000,000 plus games sold
- played Central Park Summerstage
- Hangin' Out music video featured on MTVU rotation and MTV Jams rotation - kosha dillz world


"Kids Love Sweatpants"

Kosha Dillz latest music video, the second from his EP Gina & The Garage Sale, has me waxing nostalgic for the days when pants with buttons weren't even part of my wardrobe yet. The Jersey based MC most likely will be getting kids amped to rock sweatpants as a fashion statement today as he performs with Yo Gabba Gabba in New Brunswick, NJ at two shows this afternoon/evening.

- SUPERGOODMUSIC


"Super Bowl Ad #1"

one rapper definitely struck it big during the game. Not only did New Jersey-raised emcee Kosha Dillz earn song placement on a commercial, but now the commercial in which his music is featured is striking gold.

According to a recent press release, Dillz's song "Cellular Phone" from his Beverly Dillz LP was featured in a commercial for Bud Light beer titled "Rescue Dog." Now, the commercial - which aired during the game' fourth quarter - is now ranking in as the number one commercial aired last night. - HipHopDX


"Super Bowl Commerical - What's The Song"

But we also wanted to know the name of the song that was playing in the ad.

The song is ‘Cellular Phone’ by Kosha Dillz, an LA based hip hop/rap/funk artist. Dillz is a rare Isreali-born, New Jersey-raised, Jewish emcee. His sophomore album is still in the works, but you can find his funky, uber-hip 2009 release ‘Beverly Dillz,’ which contains the ad’s song, on Bandcamp for about the cost of a 6-pack of Bud Light. - The FW


"Here Weego"

Not only will the DIY rapper pop up at your local venue for an impromptu performance, but he managed to bum rush this year’s Super Bowl! Kosha’s “Cellular Phone” song, as featured on his Beverly Dillz LP, was used on the Bud Light ‘Rescue Dog’ commercial that aired during the games’ 4th quarter. - Diamond Media 360


"A Life Dreamed and Lived"

He's an authentic MC and most definitely holds his own. - Daytrotter


"Kosha Dillz - West Coast Flavor"

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Artist: Kosha Dillz
Title: West Coast Flavor
Featuring: Rapper Big Pooh
Producer: Trump
Album: None (Promo Single)
Label: Team Kosha
Twitter: @koshadillz
Website: Kosha Dillz's Website

Average Rating: 32101 3.7
Total Ratings: 7

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Can a couple emcees from New Jersey and North Carolina successfully capture that West Coast Flavor? If you’d asked me a couple minutes ago, I would have responded with doubt, but I’ll be damned if Kosha Dillz and Rapper Big Pooh don’t do just that on the former’s latest promo single. - DJ Booth


"Kosha Dillz - "Friends" [Exclusive]"

LA's jewish rapper, Rami Even-Esh rised above the hip hop scene with his quirky video for "Sweatpants Song". Rami goes by the name Kosha Dillz and this man sounds like Asher Roth rapping at a frat house with Matisyahu. It's a little absurd but definitely funky and a cultural statement. The exclusive we have is a remake of UMO's single by Kosha Dillz featuring a melodic chorus from Ducky. Rami's optimistic flow is consistent and Ducky's voice is enchanting. - Earmilk.com


"CMJ Quote"

"...a statement of cultural solidarity and creative open-mindedness. " - CMJ


"Blurt-online.com Beverly Dillz Review"

November 13, 2009

On the surface, Kosha Dillz comes off like an artist who will take any gig, any time. Remix YACHT's See Mystery Lights? Why not. Release an album with indie rapper C Rayz Walz? Sure. Win a freestyle MC contest sponsored by New York's Hot 97? Absolutely. Go on tour with reggaeman Matisyahu? Indeed. Put all that hustle aside, though, and you've got Rami Even-Esh, a New Jersey-reared son of Israeli parents who makes his rhymes lively and puts his Jewishness near the forefront. On Beverly Dillz, his first big solo release, he's mostly looking out for the ladies, but he's got an eye on Jerusalem, too: "I got fam and friends there/ And real cheap airfare" ("Cellular Phone").

Producer Jesse "Belief" Shatkin finds a no-frills comfort zone for Dillz, striking a balance between sparse, off-kilter beats ("DooDoo," "Dilly Wonka," "Bubble Gum Pop") and straight-up party grooves ("Tastes Good," "L.A. ish," "Jungle"). The goal here, obviously, is to show off the rapper without making him seem gimmicky. And it generally works, because whatever the sonic situation might be, Dillz sounds like an MC who knows he might look a little goofy next to your average hardass. It helps that most of his boasts are a notch more tongue-in-cheek than, say, Beck's: "I'm surrounded by vixens/ Picture glamour, hotel fiction/ Pollo loco, General Tso's chicken," Dillz says on "L.A. ish," which probably could've been a little meaner in its analysis of Hollywood. But hey, it's not Dillz's job to piss anybody off. There's work to do.

Standout Tracks: "DooDoo," "Cellular Phone" JOE WARMINSKY

http://www.blurt-online.com/reviews/view/1639/

- JOE WARMINSKY


"Popmatters.com Beverly Dillz review"

November 13, 2009

East Coast Jewish MC embarks on West Coast vacation to record his solo debut.

Kosha Dillz arrives just in time to relieve the bad taste left in most hip-hoppers’ mouths by Asher Roth. Riding on a similar platform of hip, on-campus conversational raps, Dillz delivers his debut LP Beverly Dillz and succeeds largely because he actually sounds like he’s aiming to impress—not that this should come as a surprise. Dillz is currently on tour with the RZA and cut his first full project with East Coast underground legend and former MTV Made coach C-Rayz Walz. Beverly Dillz, recorded during a West Coast vacation, is a simple and fun-loving album that has an obvious longing for the golden era of hip-hop. It does carry a bit of a hipster slant to it, especially with songs like “Fat Love” and “See What I’m About” that sound like a Weird Al interpretation of KiD CuDi. However, at 42 minutes, Beverly Dillz won’t take up too much of your time, and the album’s sense of humor is inviting.

—David Amidon
http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/shorttakes/

- David Amidon


"AJL magazine"

Kosha Dillz: Israeli Independence Week

"Once upon a time, Jewish artists attempting to do rap music would steal beats, borrow rhythms, and deepen their voices in humiliating attempts to copy real hip-hop artists. But now there is a new breed of Jewish hip-hop artists. Kosha Dillz..." - AJL Magazine


"Spin Magazine quote"

"The unlikely combo of African American Indie Vet and Israeli American Newbie results in a hilarious kosher wig flip of Biz Markie's just a friend. Challah!" --SPIN" - Spin Magazine


"Boston Herald Quote"

"With his new CD... he hopes to teach the rap community that hip-hop transcends racial andreligious boundaries."
- Boston Herald


"Okayplayer quote"

...references to “the state of Israel” and “terrorists” are bound to raise eyebrows. But regardless of your political slant, Kosha Dillz is entitled to his.... witty, irreverent lyrics and candor. Freestyle vs. Written scores points for trying something different...."- Alison Isaac - Okayplayer


"Rapreviews.com quote"

"Kosha's flow is not only bearable, it is downright solid and could be compared to Termanology without the Latin flare. ..he clearly has a business-minded attitude that can bring him great success in this industry...Freestyle vs. Written" is a piece of work that emerges from the ashes. This is the epitome of progressive rap.

Music Vibes: 8 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 8.5 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 8 of 10

- Rapreviews.com


"URB Magazine quote"

"I bid you a – Jewish . . . rapper. Kosha Dillz is not only a clever play on words, but also presents a rarely seen culture clash in music. He voices his political opinions on foreign affairs and oppression with fresh rhymes. This makes him a universal voice..."
- URB Magazine


"Boston Phoenix quote"

"this Jew ready to trade a cap in the ass for a skullcap and a turn at the mic..."


- Boston Phoenix


"BIllboard"

After teasing fans with his single, "Where My Homies Be," rapper Kosha Dillz will deliver his sophomore album, "Awkward In A Good Way" tomorrow (Nov. 5).

Check out an exclusive stream of the album here on The Juice, a day before its release:

Kosha Dillz - 'Awkward In A Good Way' by billboard

"Awkard In A Good Way," is Dillz' first release through his new deal with Murs' label, Murs 316. Dillz worked closely with Murs and Belief, who produced the all of the 10-song effort, to fearlessly explore his ubiquitous character.

"Awkward In A Good Way is an album that allowed me to get out of my head," the Israeli-American Jewish rapper says. "Creatively, Belief evokes a certain emotion in his production that embraces my awkwardness, in a way that no other producer has really captured. The titlle was really pushed on me by Murs. He told me that people will take me seriously once I realize that I'm never going to fit in, and that's ok. 'This is your lane, and you've created it, so accept it,' says Murs." -


"Jerusalem Post Interview"

Jerusalem Post. - Jerusalem Post


"SXSW 2015 Billboard Article"

SXSW interview at Billboard w/ Jeff Miller - Billboard


"Billboard sxsw 2015 interview"

Jewish indie-rapper Kosha Dillz's slogan is "Kosha Dillz Is Everywhere," and attendees of South By Southwest will soon see that it's true when stickers pop up in airports, bathrooms, and venues all over town.

It's Kosha's eighth visit to the Austin conference and it comes with an important milestone: his annual curated Oy Vey showcase, being held March 18 at the Javelina Bar, is an official festival event, as opposed to an unofficial day party. Dillz is also one of a few rappers on this year's Warped Tour and recently dropped a video for a Haim-approved remix of his song "Been Down." Indeed, it looks like 2015 is lining up to be a big year for Dillz (ne: Rami Evan-Esh). He shares his plans, talks about his longtime hustle and even a little politics.

This is your eighth time at SXSW. Why do you go back year after year?

SXSW helped create my career. I went one year and met somebody from Holland. Then the guy saw me [perform] and the next year, I come back to SXSW and he books me to go on tour with Snoop Dogg. SXSW allows you to really connect. I got on [the video game] NBA2K because I met a guy at South By, and last year, I played with Macaulay Culkin. This year, I put together the Oy Vey event and I also booked a show opening for Nas in Austin.

You have a reputation for being the king of the hustle.

I kind of use my old drug dealing mentality of getting seen and just trying to pop up everywhere and have a presence. Ideally, people will listen to the music -- that's what I'm trying to convert them to.

You really see it as analogous to selling drugs?

Yeah. When I was younger I got incarcerated a few times for selling drugs and had a pretty rough history with addiction. I turned 21 in jail, when most kids were turning 21 in college. I also turned 18 in jail. I had two monumental birthdays there. So I never did music when I was under the influence. I stopped drinking and doing drugs over 10 years ago and then, basically, I replaced it with music. I've never had a real job, so once I was just kind of grinding and selling CDs and going on tour, that was it. I literally stacked it in the truck and how I used to go into situations with always having drugs on me, now, anytime I walk in anywhere to like a Walgreens, to a store, I always have CDs.

What's the Oy Vey showcase about and how do you break through the noise at SXSW?

It's my brain child [and comes from] me rapping at synagogues and all the weird Jewish events -- and then in the hood and touring with well-known artists and bridging these two worlds together. So I started it in 2012 and this year, it became official. I got Murs, and then a ton of crazy people and bands from all over the place. This is one of the best ones I put together.

Earlier this year, your website was hacked by ISIS.

It was crazy. It became a small media frenzy and everyone wanted to talk about it. My website was just messed up for three weeks and it prevented me from getting orders and stuff for my merch stock, but, my father was like, "This [publicity for you] is so great." I think it was some kids from some Internet ISIS branch of Algeria ... and I was one of like 200 other sites that got hacked. I was the only Jewish rapper.

Do you get involved with Israeli politics? Netanyahu is a hot topic these days...

Yeah. I'm an Israeli citizen. We have a house in Israel and my family is there. I think it's really hard for people to understand what it's like to be threatened, to have someone say they want you wiped off the mat. If you guys understood what it's like to get pictures from your grandparents and [have it be of them putting] the gas mask on because they're shooting missiles -- that's a real threat.

[It's similar to asking] what was it like to be hacked by ISIS? I mean, I don't know. What is it like to have Netanyahu come in and disrespect Obama, or Obama disrespect Congress? It just kind of feeds into more of what the news wants to cover and I think it's unfortunately a lot of bull. But it's a very real threat that people threaten to blow up the entire country, and kill everyone and that's something Israel deals with. I don't know if anyone in America can actually grasp that. - BIllboard


"Jerusalem Post Interview"

Following the controversy with Matisyahu at the Rototom reggae festival in Spain, other Jewish artists are speaking up about the new type of anti-Semitism they face, influenced by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

One such musician is Rami Matan Even-Esh, who goes by the stage name Kosha Dillz. He is an American rapper born to Israeli parents and currently based in Los Angeles. He made a name for himself precisely for putting his Jewish and Israeli identity at the forefront of his work. And despite the apolitical nature of his music, he said people bring up anti-Israel sentiments as soon as they can.

This phenomenon is called neo-anti-Semtisim, said Even-Esh, " which is anti-Semitism disguised as 'I really don't hate you, I just hate everything [you're about] and where your family is.'"

He often faces people yelling "Free Palestine" or "Allahu Akbar" at shows, as well as receiving death threats in the past. On his first tour in Europe, for example, Even-Esh said that as soon as he mentioned he was an Israeli American, one person he met kept mentioning that Israelis are Nazis throughout the conversation, though the man did not say anything directly against Jews.

In November, his website was hacked by Islamic State supporters for three days, becoming what he called an "ISIS shrine" with the slogan "Death to the infidels."

When the local news interviewed Even-Esh about the incident, he said they brushed off the claim that anti-Semitism was the cause for the hack. Some even thought it was a publicity stunt. People refuse to believe that anti-Semitism still happens, he said.

Referring to the Rototom scandal, in which Matisyahu was kicked out of the Spanish festival for refusing to sign an agreement supporting a Palestinian state, Even-Esh said that the entire incident was a disgrace for a supposed peace festival.

He praised Matisyahu for his performance at Rototom while BDS sympathizers in the crowd waved Palestinian flags, saying it was reminiscent of what happened in Europe in the 1940s with Nazi flags. The festival needs to incorporate all cultures into their idea of peace, he said.

"If you are going to have a festival of peace, there should be an Israeli flag, American flag, Indian flag, a Pakistani, and Iranian [and] Iraqi flags...all these flags," instead of just the Palestinian flag, he said.

The best way to fight anti-Semitism, he said, is to be kind and educate the misinformed. "I don't think it's everyone's fault that there's anti- Semitism. I just think it's the way people are raised and taught," he said.

He gave the example of what he did at a recent show at a festival in Vermont, where a drunk concert-goer interrupted his entire performance with shouts of Asalam Aleikum, which ironically means "peace be upon you" in Arabic.

After the show, Even-Esh made an effort to find the heckler and introduce himself, telling him about his story, even giving him a CD. This method apparently works wonders because he said it tears down people's misconceptions when they actually meet Jews and Israelis. Otherwise, "all they see [about Israel] is from television."

Talking about his latest song "Span Hebrish," which is performed in Spanish, Hebrew and English, he said he aims for his music to be a unifying force.

"My dream show would be a bunch of people who would never interact with each other, they only have judgements about each other, but they all share this moment of togetherness at the show." - Jerusalem Post


"Okayplayer Premier"

Jersey native Kosha Dillz comes through with a rework of Capital Cities‘ smash hit “Safe And Sound” as a meditation on the ills of a rocky relationship. After proving his stripes on the RZA and Kool G Rap‘s “Operator” back in 2011, Dillz has shown he’s got more than what it takes to hold his own with the greats, and he puts it all to work on this lively update of a club favorite. Repurposing the horn line from CC’s chart-topper, Sam Barsh provides the breakneck beat for Dillz to wreck with his spitfire delivery; a lovely marriage of beat crafter and bomber that takes you through the fledgling beginnings of a tender relationship all the way through to its unfurling. If you’re looking for more from Dillz, you can catch him on the road with the Warped Tour (the dates for which can be found below) and if you’re really feeling him, you can donate to his Kickstarter campaign to bring his EP to fruition. Hit the link to support and stream Kosha Dillz & Sam Barsh’s remix of “Safe and Sound” below. - Okayplayer


"Nerdist say "kosha dillz is perfect""

We hope you had a great Back to the Future Day! While plenty of us were celebrating with movie marathons, wearing puffy down vests, or yelling at Pepsi for selling Pepsi Perfect early, rapper Kosha Dillz celebrated by writing us a theme song for the day. The New Jersey native pays tribute to the time-travel comedy series with a hip-hop song sampling “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and The News, which was featured prominently in Back to the Future.



The first verse of the Kosha Dillz anthem pays tribute to the films themselves, their cultural impact, and Kosha’s personal love for the series. As the song continues, however, Kosha Dillz compares life in 2015 to the seemingly idyllic world of 2015 in Back to the Future Part II. He mentions our lack of flying cars and rehydrating pizza while also decrying the creation of the selfie stick. Kosha makes a point to talk about how we should worry more about making life in our world better for ourselves than obtaining luxurious technological advances, proposing we focus on using technology to find cures for fatal diseases instead of lamenting over our lack of flying cars, hoverboards, or special versions of Pepsi.

This seems to be a fairly consistent message among many who celebrated Back to the Future Day. While the world may not have turned out exactly how Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis predicted, that doesn’t mean we should look down on the advancements the world has made, or not strive for greater ones. Maybe flying cars will be something to look forward to on Back to the Future’s 60th anniversary in 2045. - Nerdist.com


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Awkward in a Good Way, is the best way you can describe Kosha Dillz. Can you imagine entering college as a Division I wrestler at Rutgers, turned into convicted felons,a parolee, then become recovering addict, win rap battles, and then land themsleves as a playble celebrity character in NBA 2k11/2k13 with Drake and Mac Miller. Kosha Dillz can say that. He is a video game character. He was the first guy to ever rap in Hebrew on the BET awards. He tours the world. He had his song "Cellular Phone" in the #1 rated Superbowl commercial, EVER.
This past summer he has been touring with Matisyahu, Collie Buddz, Rebelution all across the USA, from Red Rocks Colorado to Central Park NYC. He has been overseas doing shows with ASAP Rocky in France and Macklemore in Belgium, and the infamous Snoop Dogg, in Germany. Its sounds crazy. It is crazy. Is he "crazy" ? No he is just awkward...in a good way.

www.koshadillzworld.com youtube.com/koshadillz www.koshadillz.bandcamp.com
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