Just think it was almost a year ago today that Fader Magazine did an article on Mosley Music Group artists quenching our thirst for the first Timbaland news of the year. We first learned about Keri Hilson's "Mic Check" and the Cory Bold produced "Alienated" and we were formally introduced to the creature called Izza Kizza. As 2008 rolled out, you would have thought Kizza was a multi platinum artist on his 3rd album with the media coverage he was getting. Countless magazine articles, blog and website interviews, the sickest myspace on the net (shout out to Hectah!), and with one of the most successful mixtapes of the year Kizzaland, Izza Kizza led the field of up and coming MCs of 2008.
Just how big was Izza's year? 20,000+ downloads of Kizzaland with countless blogs and websites putting it in their top 5 and top 10 lists. Blender magazine placed Izza's "Millionaire" as the #47 best song of the year. Rolling Stone also listed Izza as one of it's top 10 Buzz-Worthy Breakout acts of 2008. All of this with no official album?! That's when talent speaks for itself.
So do you think someone as creative and talented as Izza Kizza will get any rest in the new year? Not a chance. 2009 looks to be an even bigger year with a buzz video for the track "I'm The Izza Kizza" dropping this month, an official 3rd single dropping in February, and a sequel to Kizz's highly successful mixtape tentatively titled The Wizard of Izz dropping in May with a slew of big name collabos.
As we've told you since day 1, don't sleep on the one called Izza Kizza. Congrats on a successful year!