For rapper Breeze, redemption has been the biggest key to the success of his career.
The artist, who performed at Blackthorne 51 in Elmhurst on March 23, believed music always had a major role in his life. But growing up in Bedford-Stuvyestant proved difficult and distracting. As he grew up, he found himself in compromising situations, including fights and getting involved with drugs.
“I was a bad boy in Brooklyn and my mom thought moving me out to Queens would be a different lifestyle with the change of scenery,” Breeze, whose real name is Sean Brown, said.
But he soon realized that the same scene he was trying to escape was around him once more. Trying to change his life around, Breeze separated himself from trouble by focusing on music. He started working and concentrated on producing music during all of his free time.
“Queens, it was like a breath of fresh air,” he said. “I didn’t know anyone, so I could just let my guard down and relax. That’s when I felt like I could just be me. “
The 38-year-old credited Queens for changing his life. Even though he has revisited his former home in Brooklyn, a lot of his peers have either passed away, ended up in jail or continued onto a bad path. While on the other hand, the 38-year-old recently released his new album, “Breadman.”
His goals for the new year are to continue spreading the album around to reach a wider audience. As for the title of the album, Breeze explained that it was a nickname given to him by people because he was always trying to achieve success.
“I’m all about my money,” he said. “I love money, getting money and going through the different situations on this chase.”
He added that his stage name was given to him by his brother because Breeze couldn’t ever stay still long enough. He was always on the move. The name stuck and Breeze used it throughout his 13-year career thus far.
While people may hear about an artist’s upbringing and subsequently become quick to cast their music as gangsta rap or hood music, Breeze wants to be known for his unique style. His music is versatile and surprising genres such as heavy rock or pop can influence him. He admitted that there were a few Sam Smith and Taylor Swift tracks that were on his radar.
Fellow rapper Jay-Z has been the biggest influence on him, however.
“I’m a Jay-Z fan until death,” he said. “He came from where I came from, literally like a few blocks away, and he bettered himself. I respect that.”
Breeze’s own career has certainly had its ups and downs. There were some regretful moments of bad business decisions that occurred towards the beginning of his career. Breeze started out as a member in the group GottaBeHood but the group went their separate ways after consistently poor management.
Now, he simply wants his music to be a bright spot for people who are currently going through difficult times.
“It’s for likeminded people who have gone through what I’ve gone through, struggled and never had much,” Breeze said. “But anyone can relate to it. My music is for anyone going through struggles.
If life isn’t going the way that they want it to, they can turn on one of my songs and really relate to it.”
Still, he seems to be in a sweet place now. Besides the release of “Breadman,” Breeze recently shot a video for his single “Baby Boo” with NuNu Nellz at the Fountainebleau hotel in Miami, Fl.
Breeze has also lined up a few live performances in the upcoming months.
“Performing is everything for me because when you’re up there, it’s just you and the audience,” he said. “You’re doing your craft and people are in tune with the music. There’s no better feeling than being on stage and someone else is reciting the words with you as you’re doing your song.”
The relationship with other Queens musicians is also a positive one in his life. A lot of them know one another and they push each other to do more, Breeze said. To further network his brand, he plans to work wih musical acts from the south and west coast in the future.
For now, he continues to tour as well as release a new project his brother later in the year.