Catch Kosha Dillz

at Hotel Utah

(Ariel Mihaly)

I first met Kosha Dillz, a bilingual Jewish rapper, three years ago while smoking a joint on the steps outside of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. It was a weekend night, and Dillz was on the sidewalk with his mic and amp, spitting rhymes in a sharp, pointed voice similar to that of Eminem or G-Eazy. In the years since, Dillz, who started rapping as a teenager in New Jersey, has upgraded to indoor venues, sharing the stage with Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Ghostface Killah, and Snoop Dogg. Since signing to rapper Murs’ label, he’s dropped a bevy of albums sprinkled with English, Hebrew, and Spanish, landed a track in a Bud Light commercial that aired during the Super Bowl, and got his website hacked by ISIS. Like a lot of Jewish rappers — such as Kreayshawn, Mickey Avalon, and Lil Dicky — Dillz also has a great sense of humor, as evidenced through his lyrics and song titles, like “Tupac Gone Fishin’” and “Zionist Yoga.” He’s also pretty darn proud of his culture, so even though it’s 10 days early, he’ll be serving matzah and pickles in honor of Passover at his upcoming headlining performance at Hotel Utah.

Kosha Dillz
At 8 p.m., Thursday, March 30, at Hotel Utah. $8-$10; hotelutah.com

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