Luu Breeze: The First Day Of The Rest Of His Life [Interview]
Toronto, ON – Luu Breeze could always rap, but it seems he’s turned a corner of late. Making records instead of raps these days, he’s identified holes in his game plan and made adjustments, additions and a renewed commitment to music. The day after releasing #HollaLaLuuie, Luu Breeze spoke exclusively with HipHopCanada’s Central Region Editor Jonathon “Bizz” Brown about all things Breezy.
HipHopCanada: I just finished reading HipHopCanada’s interview with Luu Breeze back in 2007. “Million Dollar Dream” was the single, interviewed at Lair Studios. It’s kind of a trip.
Luu Breeze: That’s when I was recording out of the basement. Sometimes I don’t even like to think back that far.
HipHopCanada: Haha. You just want to say your life started yesterday when this new tape dropped?
Luu Breeze: That’s really how I look at it. I feel like everything started from yesterday as far as the place I’m in right now to have more consistency as far as the music bumping and videos and just the team I have around me. It’s just like yesterday was the beginning.
HipHopCanada: Where did “#HollaLaLuuie” come from?
Luu Breeze: I felt like there was always people saying Breeze isn’t consistent or he hasn’t done this or that and then there’s Breeze is that dude, Breeze has this or has that and people biggin’ me up. And it felt like it was a mix of people just talking Luu Breeze. Almost like a Topic Of Discussion again, but #HollaLaLuuie is like ‘Yo just say my name,” whether it’s good or bad I could care less. Just keep speaking my name and keep mentioning me in comments and wondering what I’m doing and wondering what’s next. It is what it is, but I’m still going to do me and still going to be that guy you talk about whether its negative or positive.
I can’t even stand calling it a mixtape because I feel like it’s really an album. I felt like I knew what the listeners were going to get out of this when they heard it. So now it’s like say my name after this, say I’m not that guy that has lyrics after listening to this. Say I’m not that guy that actually makes records. I barely do that freestyling shit. I barely do dubs anymore. I like making music. I like making records. I like making songs people can really vibe with. I don’t think there’s a lot good record makers. I think there are a lot of good, talented dudes, but not a lot of good record makers out here. So watch me do this and listen to this tape and now speak the name Luu Breeze. So that’s why I called it #HollaLaLuuie.
HipHopCanada: HipHopCanada reported in October of last year that you’d submitted some material for The Game’s album. Any news?
Luu Breeze: I did a hook got on the album. I’ll be on The Game’s album August 23rd: Red Nation. Shout out Boi 1da for that. Shout out Alex Ortiz for that. I did the hook when I was in L.A. with 1da and he played it for Game. And I guess Game was buggin’ over it and he did verses over it and it made the album, so it’s definitely a good look.
HipHopCanada: How long have you been working on #HollaLaLuuie?
Luu Breeze: Maybe 2-3 months I’ve been working on this project. It started with me recording – “Survival” was the first song I recorded months ago and then “#Hollalaluuie” was the second one I did. So those are the two oldest tracks on that tape and at that time I didn’t know what the tape was going to be, if I was even going to do a tape. We were focusing on some other things. And it’s so funny because this tape, I feel like it has a flow to it as far as the intro (“Still Shot Ya”), then it kind of builds up with “Survival”. Then you got “#Hollalaluuie,” then “Bin Laden” after that, then “Make A Killing” (featuring Vado). So it kind of rises fast, then it smoothes out with the transition to “Take Over The Night” to “#OnAGoodnote” then to “C.A.K.E.” which is the Barry White sample. So it smoothes out and comes back down with “Die A Legend.” The fact that it wasn’t planned that way is cool. We were really just making music and all the music came together so perfectly when I arranged it. So it’s a beautiful thing.
HipHopCanada: I’ve been through the tape half a dozen times now and having heard pretty much everything you’ve put out since like 2006, would say you took a big step forward with the sound of this collection.
Luu Breeze: Thank you sir. Definitely my best work till date. Just the fact that the production alone made me step up as it is. Working with guys like Arthur McArthur (Take Over The Night, Bank Job), Bassline (#OnAGoodnote, Die A Legend, Still Shot Ya), 1da (Take Over The Night), T Minus (Make A Killing), Burd&Keys (#HollaLaLuuie, Bin Laden), it’s the best production I’ve had on my tape.
HipHopCanada: Had you ever worked with Arthur McArthur before? He seems to be the producer on the tape who stands out as new for you.
Luu Breeze: No, I’ve always heard great things about him but never got the chance to work with him until now. One day we just met up at his studio and he played me joints and “Take Over The Night” and “Bank Job,” as soon as I heard them I had something for them and it was a wrap.
HipHopCanada: So what’s next? Where does this bring you now?
Luu Breeze: I’m going to put out “#OnAGoodnote” and do a bunch of viral for a lot of the tape, probably almost all of it. I’m already working on another project. I got this guy that I’m writing for. He’s the guy singing on C.A.K.E., LongSoire. I’m going to push him while I push my stuff. He’s going to release an 8 song EP by the end of September.
I’m doing a lot of stuff with [Boi] 1da right now and trying to get something inked in as far as deals and keep putting out music and keep building my name. In the states now we have a lot more connections. Hopefully this Game album opens up some eyes n ears and we keep it moving and use what we can to get Luu Breeze out there.
HipHopCanada: I haven’t spoken with you on a life level in a minute. What’s your life situation like these days?
I’ve been blessed. Last year, I felt like I was in a spot where I was at a standstill as far as I didn’t know what my next move was. It was only me and Tay at that point. Then I met my manager now Blakz thru Show Stevens. Meeting him opened me up to a lot of different doors and people which helped me build. And it went from a two person team to a 10 person team. I felt I needed that. I could honestly say if I didn’t mean Blakz last year I don’t know if I would be doing music right now.
I was at a point where, here we are: the money is tight, everything is tight, we can only do so much. Tay can only do so much. I was at that point where I was like ‘maybe I need to think of something else to do.’ Talent or no talent it just wasn’t making sense, but then I met Blakz and he introduced me to a lot of people and put me in a different situation in life as far as making money I never made in my life. Now I’m ready now there’s no turning back. It’s going to come whether now or later but we’re in the position with the right people around us. I have an actual team now it’s not just me and Tay playing ping pong.
Don’t forget to check out his official site www.LuuBreeze.com and follow him on Twitter @LuuBreeze.
Written by Jonathon “Bizz” Brown for HipHopCanada