About 9 years ago I was living in Minneapolis and decided to check out Fifth Element, headquarters of Rhymesayers and a retail music store, on Hennepin about 10 blocks from my apartment. If I remember correctly, it was a Friday around 5 or so, and I walked over there sweating my ass off due to my poor choice of a black t-shirt and jeans on a sunny 70 degree day.
I was specifically going there to get the new Masta Ace single “Don’t Understand”, which I was really just hoping they’d have. Luckily for me, they had it and I flipped through some more vinyl. The guy behind the counter looked familiar and I looked around quite a bit and heard him and the other guy talk about the music that was playing. Not to call anyone out, but I remember them clowning U-God’s lyrics when a Wu song came on. The dude who seemed to be working the counter ordered some pizza under Sean and talked about getting another six-pack, because they just killed their last one. So, when the guy said his name was Sean, I realized it was Slug from the newly found group to me, Atmosphere.
I decided to pick up a couple of CD’s as well, Zion I’s Mind Over Matter and Breez Evahflowin’s Pro-Files The EP. The CD’s were behind the counter and I had to ask for them from Slug, he grabbed them and set them down. I placed my MA single on the counter and he said something about it and the other dude said something to the effect of, “Masta Ace is putting out new stuff?” To which Slug explained to him that a new LP was on the way.
While he was ringing up my stuff, he commented on Breez and that he was a fan of all the Stronghold MC’s. I said some dumb crap about how what I heard sounded good and that I had been finding all sorts of stuff on the internet that I never knew about (I’ve previously written about my finding of indie hip-hop around 2000). Well, when I mentioned the internet, he shot me a look of ‘you’re a chump’ and continued to ring me up. I remember the internet catching a lot of flack around that time, and as soon as I mentioned it, I thought it was probably a bad idea, and I guess it was. Although it’s about a half mile from where I live, I haven’t been there for years, but I doubt Slug works the counter that often, but who knows?
Anyway, I went about to post Breez Evahflowin’s EP Pro-Files and not my “amazing” story of buying stuff at Fifth Element. Breez is known as a top-notch freestyler and battle MC. Based on that and some information I read on the dreaded internet, I decided to just purchase his EP.
Overall, it’s a real nice EP and you get some good bang for the buck here. Breez definitely has a great flow and can carry a track easily. The stand-outs to me are “Step This Way”, Between the Seams” and “Saki” with it’s Asian flavored beat. If you don’t have this, it’s well worth a quick download.
BREEZ EVAHFLOWIN’ – PRO-FILES THE EP (2000)
2) Step This Way
5) The Heat of the Battle
6) Between the Seams
7) Saki (w/ Akrobatik and L.I.F.E. Long)
8) Definition of True Skills
I also found this video of Breez freestyling in London while sketching a caricature, I can’t say that I’ve ever seen, or heard of, anyone do this. Real cool: