Label: Team Kosha
In 2005, distraught and exhausted from a Division I athletic wrestling career gone sour from jails, institutions, and battles with addiction, Rami Even-Esh a/k/a Kosha Dillz, saved up some spare change from working a pizza delivery job to self release his debut 12″ vinyl (“Hairychest to Hollywood” B/W “Chainsaw”), that would shape up to be a independent college radio hit. Three years later, after two national tours and a whole lot of therapy, Kosha created Freestyle Vs Written, a 24 hour collaboration album with indie veteran C-Rayz Walz that earned him accolades across the globe from URB to SPIN Magazine to even the Israel National News.
In 2009, Kosha launched a new direction to his music which came in the form of Beverly Dillz. Produced entirely by Belief, who is known for his range of work with artists from Murs and Beanie Man to El-P. The LP, which was recorded entirely in the Beverly Hills section of Los Angeles, was composed at various overpriced coffee houses and internet cafes throughout the city. The album boasts the track “Kol Ha Kavod Lirkod (It’s all good to dance)” , where Kosha puts his Hebrew rhyme skills on display. For those who don’t speak Hebrew, songs like ”Dilly Wonka” and ”LA Ish” will keep you dancing from clubs to dive bars. The album’s lead single “Cellular Phone”, achieved much independent success by landing a placement on MTV2 Subterranean, MTVU’s Freshman 5 and BET.
“An interesting mix of danceable tracks and powerful rhyming, Beverly Dillz is at times wildly original and entertaining.” Okayplayer
Kosha Dillz is a man who has continued to break barriers. This charismatic Israeli-American artist that MTV Music magazine calls, “our new best friend”, displays a crossover likability that makes him appealing from hardcore street crowds to party going hipsters.
After performing at SXSW 2010, Kosha Dillz was handpicked by an overseas agency to open for Snoop Dogg in Holland during their World Cup rally. Shortly after, Kosha would return where he would tour with Freeway and Jake One throughout the Czech Republic, Germany and France. While thinking things couldn’t get any better, they took a dramatic turn for the worst, where Kosha was prevented from entering the UK on his birthday for a public speaking performance at a Jewish Festival. Dillz was quickly deported and sent back to the states, only to find himself on stage at Rock The Bells (Paid Dues Stage) DC, where he caught eye of Wu-Tang’s RZA. The Abott immediately took Kosha under his wing where Dillz would open up for the Wu frontman for the remainder of his Rock The Bells west coast tour dates. Upon returning from tour, Kosha was invited to the Wu Mansion where they would record “The Operator” along with Kool G Rap.
Appearing live with everyone from Nas to Asher Roth, Kosha’s skills and insatiable work ethic has led him to battles with the likes of Immortal Technique, touring the globe with Matisyahu, performing at BET’s 106th and Park, Sundance Film Festival in addition to earning a triumphant victory at the Hot 97 Summer Jam Battle.
For Kosha’s sophomore solo release, Dillz joins forces with German production team Shuko and Fonty to create a nine track EP titled Gina & The Garage Sale, which dropped the Tuesday of SXSW 2011, where Kosha was on location in Austin to promote and perform. The EP, which is inspired by his close friend Gina who passed away of an overdose, emphasizes many of Kosha’s darker struggles via crime, drug addiciton, and death. However, the project also contains quite a few tracks that represent Kosha’s light hearted attitude. When combined, the songs represent Kosha’s rites of passage into an artist that learns to deal with both the ups and downs of every day life.
Since dropping Gina & The Garage Sale, Kosha has continued to make strides, gain fans and earn the respect of his peers and the industry alike. During the summer of 2011, the ubiquitous Dillz managed to perform on all three stages in just one day during the inaugural 2011 Rock The Bells tour, which kicked off in L.A. on August 20th (view here). Kosha’s talent was noticed by Hot 97′s morning show co-host and Sunday night “Real Late” mainstay, Peter Rosenberg who invited Dillz to drop a freestyle that would later air on “Real Late” (view here). Kosha would also appear on Rosenberg‘s recently released Pop Chips mixtape on the Brenk Sinatra produced “Bars Mitzvah” .