Up N Coming: Luu Breeze [Interview]
Toronto, ON – Hailing from the east-end of Toronto in a housing project called Orton Park, Luu Breeze is trying to prove to the rest of the city why he is worthy of the name Prince Of The Dot. With his neighborhood and extended family (The Champagne Gang) behind him, he knows he’s ready to take the music industry to new heights. Ever since his brother introduced him to the lifestyle, hip-hop has always been his first love. He claims there are too many “swagger-less” wannabe rappers in the Dot, and his versatility, breezy-like flow, and energy overshadows all. He recently released his second mixtape titled Prince Of The Dot Volume II and currently has a single rotating on Flow 93.5 called “Million Dollar Dream”. Before I sat down with Breeze I was greeted by other familiar faces like NEM-S-ISS and Richie Sosa. “The Lair”, a recording studio located in downtown Toronto, is a very popular spot amongst the fellow GTA rappers and obviously the studio of choice. Nevertheless there was an artist in attendance who seemed eager to get a couple things off his chest and here’s what he had to say….
HipHopCanada: For the readers who aren’t familiar with Luu Breeze please let them know what you bring to the table.
Luu Breeze: Luu Breeze is a Toronto born and raised hip-hop artist. I grew up in the east-end of the Dot in a neighborhood called Orton Park. I bring versatility, energy, swag, and fun to hip-hop, something I think a lot of these others rappers here in this city aren’t bringing. This isn’t just some hobby to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of all types of music first… but I put my blood, sweat, and tears in my work.
HipHopCanada: You were introduced to hip-hop early in your childhood. When did you actually decide to pursue a career in this industry?
Luu Breeze: I was introduced to hip-hop through my brother. He used to flow in a couple of ciphers on 88.1 FM when I was just a young kid, which really inspired me. One of my very first memories of hip-hop music was Maestro’s hit single “Let Your Back Bone Slide”, and ever since then I was hooked. But I really started to take rap seriously in high school.
HipHopCanada: What are the inspirations behind the music you write, and how would you describe your lyrical style?
Luu Breeze: My family gives me all the motivation I need. As far as inspirations, I would have to say the things I’ve experienced; situations I’ve witnessed and basically just the reality of my life. I’m able to convey all of those factors through my music. In terms of lyrical style, I have a lot of energy in my music and I’m versatile. I like to ride beats, that’s why my names Luu Breeze… I breeze on beats [Laughs].
HipHopCanada: Are you satisfied with the way Toronto embraced The Prince Of The Dot Volume 2?
Luu Breeze: Well Toronto welcomed it with opened arms. I put out The Prince Of The Dot Volume 1 and I got a real positive response from it. So when I started the second volume, I took more time in crafting the tracks. I made sure everything was up to my standards in terms of quality. Especially having the title “Prince Of The Dot”, it’s my responsibility to make sure the music is hot!
HipHopCanada: The “Prince Of The Dot” is a pretty bold title. Do you feel it’s your responsibility to be the voice of Canada?
Luu Breeze: Absolutely. First off let me clear something up. I didn’t make this name up, it was given too me. The streets gave me this name. When I started rapping people told me I was the one to put this city on the map so I carry that responsibility on my back everyday. I feel I’ve gone this far into music for a reason… Toronto hasn’t really been respected in mainstream hip-hop period and I have to live up to the name to make an impact.
HipHopCanada: You’re right. Canada really doesn’t have a large industry or international presence in the hip-hop world. What are your views on this situation and in your opinion what will take for Canada to make an impact in mainstream hip-hop?
Luu Breeze: Honestly, I don’t feel like there are enough artists in Canada putting out quality music. When you go into the studio you have to have the mentality of a competitor. You’re trying to compete with artists like Ludacris, 50 Cent, etc. on the radio so you better be putting out quality music. On the business side of things I don’t see the major labels really trying to take chances with a real urban artist and that’s definitely a negative factor that affects our growing hip-hop industry. Shout-out to Kardinal though, he is definitely the only T-Dot artist trying to make a difference on an international level. But at the end of the day, if Canadian artists themselves produce better music you’ll see better results.
HipHopCanada: So what Canadian artists are you feeling outside of your camp?
Luu Breeze: I’m feeling Aristo, Young Tony, Mayhem, JB, even K-os right now; he’s real creative. There are a lot of other Canadian artists doing their thing right now and I respect them.
HipHopCanada: What differentiates Luu Breeze from the other Toronto artist on the come up?
Luu Breeze: I’m hungrier and more versatile than these other Toronto rappers. I put every ounce of me in my music and a lot of these other rappers don’t have an ounce of swagger in them. I take this business more seriously than these other so called “T-Dot rappers”. I make sure my presence is felt when ever I touch a mic or stage.
HipHopCanada: So you recently released your latest single titled “Million Dollar Dreams.” Are you satisfied with the feedback you’ve received so far?
Luu Breeze: I’ve been feeling nothing but love. Shout out to Mac from Soundsmith. He produced the track. It’s a club banger; it’s something you can move to, vibe to in the clubs, or something you can listen to in your car. I’m definitely happy with the response.
HipHopCanada: Can you give me a brief overview of the Champagne Gang and what that movement is about?
Luu Breeze: This movement started in the streets. I took the name and carried it into my music with a few other rappers. Overall, it’s a movement for the people. We are devoted to producing real music for the people period. Look out for Jus-Nice and Baretta Blue; their mixtapes are coming soon. It’s something small right now but it will evolve into something real huge.
HipHopCanada: Is there going to be an in-house compilation album anytime soon?
Luu Breeze: Oh yeah, for sure. Look out for that compilation around February 2007.
HipHopCanada: Are there any other Canadian artists you would like to work with in the future?
Luu Breeze: Oh Definitely. I’d like work with Young Tony, Drake, Saukrates, Jelleestone, Mayhem, K-os, and Page. Basically if the chemistries there I’ll work with anybody.
HipHopCanada: Any shout-outs?
Luu Breeze: Yeah, shout-outs too the whole Count Money Cartel, all of Champagne Gang, The Offense, Aristo, Boi-1da, Y-Not, Soundsmith & Mac, Tag Team, Black Trump, Mad Fam, Tony2Tone, Mista Bourne, A-Game, and everybody whose making real music in the Dot.
Written by Rahmul Nurse for HipHopCanada
Tags: 1st Party Music
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