One stormy night last month, Rami Even-Esh was spitting bars outside a Knicks game — umbrella in one hand and microphone in the other — when Fat Joe walked by and grabbed the mike. A video of the duo rapping a verse from Big L’s “The Enemy” went viral on TikTok, and a few days later, Fat Joe invited Even-Esh (better known as his rap alias Kosha Dillz) on stage to freestyle in front of a sold-out crowd in Denver.
https://variety.com/2021/music/news/kosha-dillz-jewish-rainstorm-rapper-fat-joe-viral-1235120863/Despite containing all the signs of manufactured virality, Even-Esh’s Denver appearance was completely unplanned… well, as far as Fat Joe knew. When he heard that the “What’s Luv?” rapper was playing a show just days after their New York City encounter, Even-Esh bought a ticket, flew to Colorado and crossed his fingers that Fat Joe would spot him.
“In the back of my mind I’m hoping, ‘What if Fat Joe shuts the whole concert down and invites me on stage?’” Even-Esh says.
It’s not the first time he’s willed something into existence. Even-Esh lives by the catchphrase “We outside ‘til we inside,” a mission statement for knocking on doors until somebody opens them.
“I’m rapping outside Madison Square Garden during halftime, and my goal is to play halftime,” he says. “I rapped outside Coachella, and then I was a guest at Coachella in 2019. I rapped outside Bottlerock Festival, then I got booked for a side stage inside Bottlerock this year.”
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