I believe it was 1998 when I first had the chance to speak with Breez Evahflowin'. The then, fairly unknown underground emcee gave me a few phone calls where we basically just discussed the genre of Hip Hop music and its culture. Plus, how the world, being such a large place had so many Hip Hop sub-culture's. About two years and several little releases later, Breez was ripping heads to shreds on MTV's DFX battles. It's evident Breez is a talented emcee, as anyone who's seen/heard him perform will know.
Detonator Records have the beautiful privilege of being the home for Breez Evahflowin', along with the heavily praised Boston MC Akrobatik, the Stronghold emcee C-Rayz Walz and the previously unknown (to me) emcee; Chan.
This compilation is solid. From start to end, we (the listener) are blessed with quality material from all the emcees involved, including one collaboration over a slick beat between the entire line-up on 'Explosion.'
For those familiar with these artists' work, you'll be pleased to finally see some of their better vinyl-released material combined and placed on one CD. C-Rayz Walz' "Whodaf*ckareyou?" / "Degrees" 12" is split up (the main tracks) and featured on this compilation. "Degrees" is one of my favourite tracks on this compilation. The beat is perfect. There's also Breez Evahflowin's "Hok2" (which opens up the compilation for us) and "I Love Hip Hop." Both tracks were featured on his last 12". "Hok2" is a brilliant opener for this compilation. It features so much energy that you find yourself hypnotically involved and convinced to continue to listen onward to 'Volume 1.' Lastly (but by no means least) Chan's "Politickin' With Chan"/"Big In Japan" 12" is featured here in the same manner as C-Rayz'.
Akrobatik's tracks dominate the compilation, as they appear more so than anyone else's. However, Akro doesn't shine here because he's featured more than others. He shines because of tracks like 'No Losses' in which he basically talks about striving to be successful. The rhymes are perfectly done and he rides the melancholy beat at a perfect pace. There are also a variety of tracks that I believe are exclusive to this compilation from Akrobatik (I make this assumption because I haven't heard them before). 'Basementality' and 'Newsflash' are some of the best of his new breed. 'Newsflash' basically talks about rappers claiming they are what they're not.
If you've never heard of Breez Evahflowin', C Rayz Walz, Akrobatik and/or Chan...then you'd be intelligent in purchasing this compilation instantly. Then again, you'd also be intelligent doing this if you have.