BIO

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In mathematics, cosine serves as one of the three most common trigonometric functions. In music, Kosine converts artistic inspiration into anthems. The seven-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, personality, actor, and co-founder of Da Internz resonates across genres. His discography notably spans multiplatinum and chart-dominating smashes for everyone from Justin Bieber and Rihanna to Nicki Minaj and Big Sean.

As a result, he exerts a universal impact on the culture by and large.

“I’m a mathematical term,” he grins. “I always loved the analogy between math and music. If you take the artist and multiply by ‘Kosine,’ you get the record. At the same time, it’s a classic rap term. I cosign people and place musicians together. The name covers it all.”

Born Marcos Palacios to a Guatemalan Olympiad father who has a stadium named after him in Guatemala and a Panamanian mother, the Illinois native recognized the power of songs at a very young age. He recalls “music was a form of meditation at home” with mom encouraging him to practice piano for hours on end at just six-years-old. He eventually picked up saxophone three years later and found a place behind the drum kit at the age of 13. He went from performing drums in a youth choir to enrolling in a Chicago program for young accelerated artists. At this point, he learned about production—a discovery galvanized after he read Quincy Jones’ autobiography. During his time at Florida A&M, he participated in jazz band, symphonic band, and marching band in addition to majoring in music education.

Rather than “run right to L.A. and start a career,” he created and taught a beat-making course as a professor for Columbia College. The class would even be featured in a Chicago Sun-Times profile. Serendipitously, a lecture provided an introduction to MIMS. He and Ernest “Tuo” Clark co-founded Da Internz, a music production group and company, and produced MIMS’ 2009 hit “Move (If You Wanna),” earning their first gold plaque in the process.

The song also kicked down the door for the pair to become a veritable sensation. Their grind paid off as Kosine admits, “We had so many steps—we didn’t miss one stair to get to where we are now.”

Together, they helmed the multiplatinum “Eenie Meenie” for Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston, triple-platinum “Dance (A$$)” for Big Sean, platinum “Birthday Cake” for Rihanna and Chris Brown, and double-platinum “Anaconda” for Nicki Minaj, to name a few. Along the way, they garnered three ASCAP Awards and nine GRAMMY® Award nominations. As Tuo transitioned into the label world in 2015, Kosine “took nine months off to rewrite his life.” In the aftermath, his highly cited TedxColumbiaCollegeChicago talk, “How To Rewrite Your Life,” kicked off a bold new chapter in 2016.

This chapter commenced with a gig as a Beats 1 on-air host four times a week. As a personality, he next extended his presence to co-hosting BET’s, Man Cave. At the same time, he lent his talents to the world of film and television. Not only did he produce music for the blockbuster Pitch Perfect 3, Insecure, and Little, but he also regularly contributed a bulk of compositions to Empire and STAR as handpicked by Academy® Award-winning director and producer Lee Daniels. He parlayed this involvement into a recurring role on Star as Lil Dini.

With the 2019 launch of his own record label Gourmet Ratchet, publishing company Viva Panama Publishing, and solo debut on the horizon, Kosine’s legacy continues to multiply.

“I hope to inspire people and ignite some very interesting conversations,” he leaves off. “I feel like after all of this time I still have so much more to say. It’s just the beginning.”


Discography


Singles:

2009: "Move (If You Wanna)" (MIMS)

2010: "Waiting Outside The Lines" (Greyson Chance)

2011: "Benefit Of A Fool" (Boyz II Men)

2011: "Birthday Cake" (Rihanna)

2011: "Dance (A$$)" (Big Sean)

2012: "The Don" (Nas)

2012: "Marry Go Round" (Nelly featuring Chris Brown)

2012: "Mona Lisa" (Big Sean)

2012: "88" (Diggy Simmons)

2013: "I Would" (Justin Bieber)

2013: "Paradise" (Cassie featuring Wiz Khalifa)

2014: "Anaconda" (Nicki Minaj)

2014: "Good Lovin" (Ludacris)

2015: "If I Don't Have You" (Tamar Braxton)

 

2017:

Tank - Savage

07. "Stay Where You Are"

 

G. Herbo - Humble Beast

07. "Man Now"

11. "This n That" (feat. Jeremih & Lil' Yachty)

 

Trap Beckham

00. "Lil Booties Matter"

 

Ludacris

00. "Vitamin D" (feat. Ty Dolla Sign)

 

DaniLeigh - Summer With Friends

07. "Lurkin"

 

Vic Mensa - The Manuscript

03. "Rollin' Like a Stoner" (produced with Rance of 1500 or Nothin')

 

Sevyn Streeter - Girl Disrupted

06. "Before I Get Home"

 

2016:

BJ the Chicago Kid - In My Mind

14. "Falling on My Face" (produced with Aaron Michael Cox)

 

Big Sean & Jhene Aiko - TWENTY88

02. "Selfish" (produced with Flippa)

04. "Push It" (produced with Flippa)

06. "Talk Show" (produced with Flippa)

 

Trap Beckham - Now That's What I Call Music! 59

22. "Birthday Chick"

 

Ro James - Eldorado

03. "Burn Slow"

13. "Eldorado"

 

Grace - FMA

01. Church On Sunday

 

T-Pain

00. Officially Yours

 

2015:

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

08. "Stay Down" (produced with L&F)

 

Trey Songz - Intermission

02. "Don't Play"

 

Ludacris - Ludaversal

02. "Grass Is Always Greener"

07. "Get Lit" (produced with Lil Ronnie)

 

Tamar Braxton - Calling All Lovers

07. "If I Don't Have You"

17. "A.S.A.P." (produced with Snoddy)

2014:

JoJo - #LoveJo

01. "Intro"

02. "Caught Up in the Rapture"

03. "Take Me Home"

 

Lil Herb - Welcome To Fazoland

08. "On My Soul" (feat. Lil Reese)

 

Candice Glover - Music Speaks

09. "Coulda Been Me" (produced with Darkchild and Hot Sauce)

 

Jennifer Lopez - A.K.A

Leftover

00. "Love Line" (feat. Robin Thicke & Wiz Khalifa)

 

Trey Songz - Trigga

13. "Change Your Mind"

15. "Love Around The World"

19. "Serial"

 

Marsha Ambrosius - Friends & Lovers

02. "So Good"

04. "69"

06. "How Much More (Interlude)"

11. "Kiss & Fuck (Interlude)"

15. "OMG I Miss You"

 

Tank - Stronger

10. "If That's What It Takes"

 

Big Sean

00. "Jit/Juke" (produced with Nate Fox and L&F)

 

Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

12. "Anaconda"

 

2013:

Cassie - RockaByeBaby

02. "Paradise" (feat. Wiz Khalifa)

 

Ludacris - #IDGAF

07. "Dancing Dirty" (feat. Chris Brown)

 

The-Dream - IV Play

06. "Where Have You Been" (feat. Kelly Rowland) (produced with The-Dream and Miykal Snoddy)

 

Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go

02. "Back Seat Lover" (Produced with Mayer Hawthorne)

 

Big Sean - Hall Of Fame

08. "Mona Lisa"

10. "MILF" (feat. Juicy J and Nicki Minaj)

 

John Legend - Love in the Future

04. "Made To Love" (feat. Kimbra) (produced with Dave Tozer, Nana Kwabena, and Kanye West)

 

Tamar Braxton - Love and War

02. "Tip Toe"

07. "She Did That"

 

James Arthur - James Arthur

09. "Suicide"

 

Sevyn Streeter - Call Me Crazy, But...

05. "B.A.N.S."

 

2012:

Big Sean - Detroit

10. "Sellin' Dreams" (feat. Chris Brown)

 

Nas - Life Is Good

11. "The Don" (produced with Heavy D & Salaam Remi)

 

2011:

Greyson Chance - Hold On 'til the Night

09. "Stranded"

 

Boyz II Men - Twenty

07. (Disc One) "Benefit of a Fool"

 

2010:

Jesse McCartney - Have It All

11. "Seasons (My Love Will Never Change)"

 

Justin Bieber - My World 2.0

8. "Eenie Meenie" (Writing Credit)

 

2009:

Mims - Guilt

02. "The Skit"

03. "On & On"

04. "Love Rollercoaster" (feat. LeToya Luckett)

10. "Makin' Money"

11. "In My Life (Why Oh Why)"

14. "I Do" (feat. Nice & Smooth)