Kevin Cossom

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Kevin Cossom
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Background information
Born (1984-09-02) September 2, 1984 (age 30)
Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, Dance-Pop, Hip-Hop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Labels RCA, Jive, N.A.R.S

Kevin Cossom (born September 2, 1984) is an American singer and record producer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Orlando, Florida. Cossom has written for a variety of artists including Keri Hilson ("Knock You Down" featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo)[1] and Mary. J Blige.[2] He is signed to Grammy Award-winning producer Danja's label, N.A.R.S./RCA Records.[3]

Presently, Cossom is in studio preparing for the release of his debut album.[4] The lead single, "Baby I Like It," featured Diddy and Fabolous.[5] Cossom also released another single in 2009, called "Relax," featuring Snoop Dogg.

Musical career[edit]

1999–2004: Career beginnings[edit]

Cossom grew up in Orlando, Florida. An only child to a single mother - an educator and founder of a performing arts academy. She encouraged him to perform his first solo at the age of three. While his exposure to secular music was limited, Cossom was able to hone his skills singing in his gospel church choir. At six, he joined his first group, a gospel act assembled by his mother and at 14, formed a short-lived singing group with friends. From 1999-2002, Kevin fronted the Orlando-based r+b group, Nu Ground, along with Andrew (Drew) Seeley and toured all over the country. They released an album featuring the song "My Girl, My Boo". Three years later, he began to build a reputation as a songwriter and singer with the help of his manager, Rashad Tyler.

In 2004, after a meeting with 50 Cent at his Connecticut mansion, Cossom was asked to write and record a hook for a song that G-Unit member Lloyd Banks was working on. This resulted in "Karma" – a hit single on Banks’ debut album, The Hunger for More. Though Cossom was replaced by Avant on the video and radio versions of the single, through this encounter, he received his first songwriting credit.

After returning home, Cossom met Orlando-based hip-hop production duo, The Runners, through a mutual DJ friend. Within a year, they asked Cossom to assist with a song they were producing for Young Jeezy's album, The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102. He went on to pen the hook for Jeezy’s hit single "Go Getta" featuring R. Kelly which ultimately led to Cossom securing a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. Through this deal, Cossom was introduced to Grammy Award-winning producer, Danja, to write for a girl group that he was producing for. The two developed a chemistry that led to Cossom being the first artist signed to the producer's N.A.R.S. record label.[6]

2009–present: Hook vs. Bridge, By Any Means and debut album[edit]

Since joining forces with Danja, Cossom has gone on to lend vocals to and write and arrange for several artists throughout the music industry and most recently, has written material for Justin Bieber.[7]

In November 2009, Cossom released Hook vs. Bridge, an extended EP with production from Danja and The Runners (among others) and features from artists including Drake,[8] Rick Ross and Pusha T.

In March 2011, Cossom released his mixtape, By Any Means, where he teams up once again with Danja, The Runners and Rick Ross adding features from J. Cole, Ace Hood and more. On October 7, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding Jive Records along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, Cossom (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material (including his debut studio album) on the RCA Records brand.[9][10]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays
  • Hook vs. Bridge (2009)
  • Hook vs. Bridge II (2012)
Mixtapes
  • By Any Means (2011)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Won't Let You Down" 2007 Chamillionaire Ultimate Victory
"That's My Money" 2008 Rocko Self Made
"Say Cheese" none Step Up 2: The Streets (soundtrack)
"Man Right Here" Attitude Time Is Money
"Big Time" E-40 The Ball Street Journal
"Usual Suspects" 2009 Rick Ross, Nas Deeper Than Rap
"Picture Phone Foreplay" 2010 Sheek Louch Donnie G: Don Gorilla
"On My Way" DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Bali, Desloc, BallGreezy, Rum, Iceberg, Gunplay, Young Cash Victory
"Feeling Myself" 2011 Pusha T Fear of God and Fear of God II: Let Us Pray
"Memory Lane" Ace Hood Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Beautiful"
"Words of Advice" DJ Drama, Lil Wayne, Mack Maine Third Power
"Lottery" 2012 Ace Hood Body Bag Vol. 2
"Loving Me Now" Ariez Onasis The Heartbreak Kid
"Triple Up" 2013 Jigg HighGrade 2
"Motive"[11] Ace Hood Starvation 2
"Jump" Rihanna Unapologetic
"Talk a Good Game" Kelly Rowland Talk a Good Game
"No Regrets"[12] Pusha T, Young Jeezy My Name Is My Name
"Action"[13] 2014 Red Café, Fabolous American Psycho II

Songwriting[edit]

Song Title Artist Album Year
"All Eyes on You" Meek Mill featuring Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown Dreams Worth More Than Money 2015
"You Changed Me" Jamie Foxx featuring Chris Brown Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses 2015
"Paradise Lost" Rick Ross Mastermind 2014
"Jump" Rihanna Unapologetic 2012
"Rich Forever" Rick Ross featuring John Legend God Forgives, I Don't
"I Care for U" Usher Looking 4 Myself
"No Condition" Mary J. Blige My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1) 2011
"Take It and Run" Joe Jonas Fastlife
"Not Right Now"
"All This Time"
"Love Slayer"
"So Good" Keri Hilson No Boys Allowed
"Victory" DJ Khaled, Nas, John Legend Victory 2010
"My Time" Fabolous, Jeremih Loso's Way 2009
Love Somebody Ace Hood, Jeremih Ruthless 2009
"Overtime" Ace Hood, T-Pain, Akon Ruthless 2009
"Knock You Down" Keri Hilson, Kanye West, Ne-Yo In a Perfect World... 2009
"One" Fat Joe, T-Pain, Akon Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 (J.O.S.E. 2) 2009
"What I Do" Chris Brown, Plies Graffiti 2009
"Tonight" Mary J. Blige Stronger with Each Tear 2009
"Headboard" Hurricane Chris, Mario, Plies Unleashed 2009
"Lay Back" Rick Ross, Robin Thicke Deeper Than Rap 2009
"Give It To 'Em" Akon N/A 2009
"Speedin'" Rick Ross, R. Kelly Trilla 2008
"Cash Flow" Ace Hood, T-Pain, Rick Ross Gutta 2008
"#1 Fan" Plies, Keyshia Cole, J. Holiday Definition of Real 2008
"Professional" Young Steff N/A 2008
"Liar Liar" Girlicious, Flo Rida Girlicious 2008
"All the Above" Beanie Sigel, R. Kelly The Solution 2007
"No Clothes On" Trey Songz Trey Day 2007
"Go Getta" Young Jeezy, R. Kelly The Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 2006

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