Timothy “Mozzy” Patterson is an American hip hop artist from Oak Park, Sacramento, California who works with Real Talk Entertainment, Empire Distribution, Blackmarket Records and Livewire Entertainment.
Mozzy started rapping in 2004 under the name Lil’ Tim, before changing his stage name to Mozzy in 2012. He received little notice until his 2015 album Bladadah which was ranked the 22nd best rap album of 2015 by Rolling Stone and which gave him the “best run” of 2015 according to Complex Magazine.
Mozzy first began rapping at age 16 alongside his uncle Genaro “GP the Beast” Patterson, who would later collaborate with the likes of Suge Knight and others on the 2040 Death Row compilation album Too Gangsta’ For Radio.
In 2010, under the stage name “Lil Tim”, Mozzy released a single titled “U Ain’t Really Like ‘Dat”, his first music release as a full-time musician. On August 2, 2016, Mozzy released Lil’ Timothy N Thingz, a collection of songs recorded in 2008 while he had still been known as “Lil’ Tim”.
Mozzy’s first notable collaboration was with an industry executive, DJ Fresh, who produced Mozzy’s 2013 album The Tonite Show. On Mozzy’s third solo album, Goonbody Embodiment, he collaborated with Oakland rapper Philthy Rich, on the track “I’m Just Being Honest”, which caused a longstanding controversy. In December, Compton rapper YG released a single titled “City Mad” featuring Mozzy and associate “Slim 400” leading up to the release of his album, Still Krazy. In 2016, Vallejo rapper Nef the Pharaoh released the album Neffy Got Wings, featuring a track with Mozzy called “Devil’s Team”.
Mozzy’s solo albums, such as Bladadah, are his largest success. He released his first solo album in 2011 under the title Money Means Mozzy and had released 10 other albums by 2016. In 2015, Mozzy was recognized by Complex magazine for having the “best run of 2015”, and by Rolling Stone for having the 22nd best rap album of 2015.
In 2016, Mozzy moved from Sacramento to Los Angeles, California and released the album Gang Related Siblings, featuring his fellow Oak Park native and Mozzy producer June.
Mozzy’s 2016 album “Mandatory Check” reached no. 7 on the Billboard Rap Albums chart.