The DMV is getting a lot of attention lately for its music talent, artists like Goldlink and D.R.A.M. have created a unique lane of music that raises the expectations for where things can go in the area. There’s a plethora of artists that doing things their own way. One of these artists happen to be Ace Cosgrove, a young rapper coming out of Gaithersburg, Maryland. Stereo Champions had a chance to talk to Cosgrove about his start, collaborations, and much more.
At first, rapping wasn’t Cosgrove’s main objective at first, he was first a manager for a friend. The rapper tells Stereo Champions,”I was always trying to manage Gino, who rapped, but he later passed” The passing of Cosgrove’s friend was one of the reasons for Cosgrove’s name, “Gino Cosgrove called me Ace as a nickname. I use to go by the came AC3 but I found it very corny so I changed it to Ace and used [his] last name”
Cosgrove’s sound is a skill that not many other rappers have. That’s because his blend of music has several different perspectives. From EDM to Golden Age-like rap beats, Cosgrove gives listeners a broad variety of sounds through a catalogue of different projects. In 2014, the rapper received critical acclaim for USVSROBOTS, a project that showcased his diverse array of music in just 10 tracks. The album was produced by several producers including DJ Black Diamond, who worked with several artists including Stalley, Uno-Hype, and members from Pro Era. Although the fellow DMV producer has some prospective names under his belt, Ace Cosgrove’s connection with him was very close compared to the other artists. Cosgrove tells Stereo Champions “DJ Black Diamond is actually in the same collective as me called Hostile Youth, along side Uno-Hype, Hassani Kwess and Vaunfe. Bee Wirks came upon my manager knowing him.” Although the album is filled with diverse production and hard-hitting, USVSROBTS has a radical approach that Cosgrove wants listeners to feel through their stereos. “The concept behind USVSROBOTS was that I wanted the listener to feel like a rebel afterwards,” says the rapper.
Now, Cosgrove’s new album “Baby Needs Food” has released. It’s a step into a more mature style of production, with a deeper rapper. “Baby Need Food kind has the same message, but I wanted to showcase my growth as well,” says the rapper “raps are more polish the beat selection is more jazzy. I’m going more in depth about not only my struggles but the struggles of the average human living in on gods green earth despite your race. I want people to understand it’s deeper than skin color, it’s a battle of class.” Cosgrove’s goal for “Baby Needs Food” is evident, especially within the rappers massive lyrical style.
While Ace Cosgrove is getting attention from the blog scene, he is now starting to hit the festival circuit as well. Recently, the rapper performed at the first ever Landmark Music Festival in DC. “Landmark was dope” says Cosgrove, “although I lost my voice I still manage to do a good job and the crowd responded to me well.” With acclaimed projects and now festival experience, high expectations present for Cosgrove to be great. We only have time to tell us how things will go for him.