How about a fan-boy story? Sure, I’ll tell one.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Breeze three times — once in Cincinnati and twice in Boston. The first time was my return to Ohio in 2006 to attend Scribble Jam. Juggaknots had just been signed by Amalgam Digital and were featured performers at this year’s main event. If you’ve never been to a Scribble Jam before, the bulk was held outdoors at the venue, Annies, and for the most part participating artists were accessible for small talk, pictures, autographs, etc. Also, if you’ve never been to a Scribble Jam, you’re shit out of luck.
Anyway, the story goes like this. In the years prior I had met a plethora of hip-hop artists, including childhood favorites such as Ghostface Killah, Kool Keith, Prince Paul, Eyedea, and a number of others. I was never bashful about asking for autographs or pictures, as I was an uber-excited indie hip-hop nerd. That’s obvious. I wouldn’t have a blog if I wasn’t still a nerd in some capacity. Moving on.
I go to acquaint myself with the Juggaknot-family and Breeze was front and center at their booth. Just chilling. I was shook. Words were coming out of my mouth, but I was star-struck enough to make things awkward. Much of my contribution to the conversation was the phrase “good lookin’” a la Tariq from A Prince Among Thieves.
He noticed, I felt a little foolish, but continued on. What nervousness I had wore thin after a minute or two, but that initial bridge of introduction over to friendly dialogue was surreal to me. Go figure. It took Breeze Brewin to bring out my Beatlemania.
Now that you know how much of a flake I truly am, give a listen to Breeze’s new track with the production-trio Parallel Thought: