Influences: Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Eric B and Rakim, Kool Moe Dee, Gigolo Tony, Kid Sensation, Ice T, Krs One, LL Cool J, Fat Boys, 3rd Bass, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, The Goats, KMD, MC Breed, Del and Hieroglyphics, Rage Against the Machine, EPMD, A Tribe Called Quest, Masta Ace, Big Daddy Kane, Red Man, NWA, The D.O.C., Nirvana, Esham, Sublime, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Prince Paul, Sir Mix Alot, House of Pain, DJ Shadow, Scarface, DJ Psycho, Bangtown, Phizyx, The Goz, Henry Mancini, Gangstarr, Nas, Natas, Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Black Sheep
Ever since I was a kid, music has been my life. My brother Ryan introduced me to Hip Hop at a very young age and I immediately fell in love with the culture and the music. Many nights Ryan and I would sit around our small boom box and listen to a local Hip Hop radio show called the Boogie. Shortly after we started making our own radio shows for fun by pushing two boom boxes together playing music on one and recording on the other. I wrote my first rhyme in 1987 at the age of 11, and I was hooked. I was known for grabbing any open mic I could, and spitting my latest raps with intensity.
In 1991 I started recording songs and performing with my group the DLP. In 1993 the DLP joined forces with another local crew called Triple Chaos and the Juggernaut was born. 1995 the Juggernaut released our first single "Act Like You Know" with financial and critical success. We toured the Midwest and recorded more songs but the group disbanded in 1996. Shortly after I reconnected with my DLP partner and good friend Rex (aka Jackpot) and we formed a new group under the name Artfull Dodgers.
History of Artfull Dodgers...
In 1997 we released our first Artfull Dodgers project the Dusted World EP produced by DJ Phizyx. Dusted World was very successful and introduced the world to the Dodgers' unique Hip Hop sound. From 1999-2008 we released several full length albums including Lazy Eyes, Second Wind which won "Album of the Year" on DetroitRap.com, and Off The Credenza. We've also toured the entire time making notable appearances at Scribble Jam, the Live Lyrics Tour, and the Vans Warped Tour. We've done shows and rocked stages along with Cappadonna, Killah Priest, Esham, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Project Born, Too Short, Lords of Brooklyn, Juice, Eminem, Non Phixion, Petey Pablo, and more.
DJ Business & EarthMovers Productions...
In 2004 I started my own DJ/Music Production company called EarthMovers Productions and began working as a DJ full time making the rounds at several local clubs. Currently I am the resident DJ every Friday, and Saturday at CJ Mahoneys Bar & Grill in Rochester, MI. I also DJ weddings, parties, school dances, etc.
Since 2005 I have hosted and produced by own radio show the Gozza Strip on 94.3 FM WKUF out of Kettering University in Flint, MI. I only showcase Michigan Hip Hop with a goal to expose people to the incredible music being created by artists right here in their home state. The Gozza Strip airs every Monday and Tuesday from 1pm-3pm and can also be heard with a live webstream.
I also own and operate my own recording studio and do a lot of work as a music producer. I have done production for Artfull Dodgers, J.U.I.C.E, Project Born, Rising Sunz, Jozi Whalez, Dice, Aslaam Mahdi, DJ Zack Daniels, and many more.
I have also produced and collaborated on various side projects with other talented artists including Born Lethal, GozGod, and Top Dollar MCs.
I have a lot of new ideas and projects in the works.
Gozza Goes Solo, The G-O-Double Z...
In 2010 I released my first solo album "Here Comes Trouble" introducing the world to my distinct style as MC/Producer, the G-O-Double Z was born. The new album went over well with long time Artfull Dodgers' fans and received more critical praise for bringing a brand new sound while still maintaining the Artfull feel. The success of the album was supported heavily by a tour I did with live band Road To Gozza. I continue to perform and record and have further perfected my art. In 2013 I released my second self produced solo album "Zig Zag" declaring that the Golden Era Killing Machine was back! This is my most aggressive and personal album so far with more of my cinematic creative production and plenty of my patented word play and lyrical gymnastics.