By Kimberly Johnson
CITY OF ORIGIN: Fontana.
KINDERED SPIRITS: Celphi, Lz$, Stevie Crooks and Snazz Gordy.
RECENT RELEASES: The Epidemic (Jan. 2012).
WEBSITES: www.edgarsosa.bandcamp.com and www.twitter.com/edgarsosa909.
FREQUENTS: The Common Ground (Riverside).
Clad in Ralph Lauren and fitted with an arsenal of rhymes, Edgar Zamora—reincarnated with the penname Edgar Sosa—is among the most talked about emcees of the area. It could be the very true excess of Ralph Lauren and early 2000 East Coast street wear in his wardrobe, and it could be his Sosa-esque flows—whatever it is, it’s made hearing his name on the hip-hop circuit pretty unavoidable. Let’s not forget to mention the kid has made friends in high places. One stop on any hip-hop blog worth a note will likely produce words of praise for the 21-year-old up-and-coming artist. With knowledge of these words of wisdom, inquiring hip-hop minds may want to pay attention. Young Sosa has a new album in the works and there’s even talk of an ambitious visual album. If the rest of the videos are anywhere near the slick quality of his newest single “Brown Skin Brown Liquor,” then the streets should be in for a treat.
Who are you and what is it that you do?
I’m the coolest Mexican American within a 1000 mile radius who wears entirely too much Ralph Lauren, and I rap from time to time.
Your social networks boast the term “S.U.S.H.I.,” can you tell us about that and what it means?
Everything I do is organic and fresh. All my material is raw. The acronym S.U.S.H.I. stands for “Society Under Sosa’s Harsh Influence,” because everything I do is a mirror of the society I live in. I’m a product of my environment.
In your music, you give a lot of shout outs to areas in the IE and things that are very unique to the Inland Empire culture. How has growing up in the IE effected your brand of rapping and do you feel the people or surroundings inspire you musically?
I’ve lived here my whole life, and it’s really all I know. I also kind of like that we’re the underdogs and we’re always looked at second when you mention Southern California. It makes us grind harder, and being an independent artist, that’s key.
Can you tell me about your new video you released Jan. 2?
I dropped a video for “Brown Skin Brown Liquor” [shot] on my recent trip to Chicago. I linked up with directors VisualMecca and they brought one of my personal favorite songs to life. I also have more videos in the works.
What other projects are you working on for 2014? Any shows, releases, etc?
Right now I’m really focused on dropping my EP S.U.S.H.I., which I’m aiming to drop April 2014—working really hard on it, and trying to make a video for every track. After the release, I’m going to start doing shows again.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Shout out to all my supporters that hold me down. You are appreciated. Make sure you keep an eye/ear out for my project S.U.S.H.I. BM$ forever. (Kim Johnson)