SummaryWith his last album receiving rave reviews for the way it dealt with the angst of dealing with personal and artistic transition, Breez Evahflowin's newest album As He Goes On... set for release on October 12, 2010 reveals the mature MC: relaxed, confident, and wise. If the last album outlined the personal battles facing Breez as an MC, his newest reveals the aftermath. Unpretentious, at peace with his status as a mature artist ready to leave the game, Breez delivers his closing argument. The verdict? As He Goes On... is the last testament of an MC. It's a title which alludes to the passing of a life.
In an interview with UGSMAG.com Breez acknowledges how he has changed during the course of his career. Coming into the scene as a combative battle rapper, he is leaving it as a songwriter who makes music "from a 38-old, for people in their 30s and maybe people in their 20s who understand what I'm talking about." If a person's music reflects their life, then As He Goes On.... reveals the changes of growing older, ultimately opening the door to the final transition. In As He Goes On... Breez steps through that door with no regrets.
Breez addresses his contemplative and final CD to the mature listeners he knows to be out there, and who have followed him through the years. This listener exists on the margins. Ignored by a music industry focused on gimmicky hooks and made up personalities, they find their music in the underground clubs, the pages of myspace, and videos on youtube. This sophisticated audience is perhaps the greatest untapped audience of hip-hop today, and they seek music more in tune with their age and experience.
Reflective and honest, the songs contained in As He Goes On... do what hip-hop does best: tell a story. It's the closing chapter to Breez Evahflowin's unique career. Featuring guest artists such as Rob Swift, Immortal Technique, Homeboy Sandman, and more, As He Goes On... takes one last look at a career defined by battle, but transformed by personal growth. As the MC closes the book, he delivers last rights and imparts the message of an artist at peace with his own successes and failures. His only request? Remember him for his honesty. In a new video interview with Emilio M. Junior on Trendsettin.com Breez revealed his plans to move on to other things:
"I'm feelin' the weight of responsibility at this point, y'know? It's not the same that it was before.... For the most part, I make music for myself. And I've come to accept that. After a long time I've come to realize that.... Ultimately at this point in my life, Breez needs me more than I need Breez. And that's big, right there for me personally ... Just remember my honesty, that's all I want people to do, and it's cool."
Perhaps if someday listeners decide to rise up and demand sophisticated hip-hop for the mature listener, we'll see Breez make an appearance again. Until that time though, As He Goes On... is likely to be the last we'll hear of this multifaceted MC. It is a most fitting farewell from an artist who came to his own tested in battle, and who now sets the torch down at peace. Take it for what it is, it might be the last you ever hear. As He Goes On..