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  • 05Jul

    RISING STAR SPOTLIGHT: Kid Named Breezy

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    “I’m actually in the studio right now,” says Bradley Hunt, aka Northern Virginia based emcee Kid Named Breezy, an expected answer from a rapper who yes,  though completely similar in perpetual motivation, is entirely different  than many rising emcees at-the moment.

    “I’m growing as an artist these days,”  Breezy says with an air of apparent new found confidence in his voice. “The music – the rapping – was always the easy part. I realize now that I need to learn all of the crafts involved in being an artist myself, so I’m learning production and film editing, too.” Hearing this notion is unsurprising when noting the recent success of artists like J. Cole who’s also a producer, just as able in getting behind the boards as he is willing to drop 16 behind the mic.

    However, when queried as to his current artistic inspirations is where things get weird and where the story of Breezy’s maturation begins. “Quasimoto (alter-ego of LA-based rapper, DJ and producer)…you know…Madlib. I My homeboy sent me the album [the recently released Yessir, Whatever] about six months ago.  It’s not structured like mainstream record. I listened and I was like, ‘this is crazy, the structure of this album is crazy!’” When asked if this interest signaled a left field direction shift for his own work, Breezy – a child of the 90s who counts The Fresh Prince as his initial inspiration to rap – states, “I’m still a hip-hop kid. I’m definitely not stopping the boom-bap. However, that album opened horizons.”

    Breezy’s 90s inspiration made his early work feel in many ways ideally suited to those who were similarly high school teenagers. As a student and accomplished basketball player at Arlington, VA’s Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School, his initial efforts favored a far more pop-driven and radio-friendly ideal. Breezy reflected on the era and offered the following explanation: “A year ago, I was into making records that everybody could really feel. 16 bars, hook, 16 bars, hook.” He continues, “a big difference in me now is that I’ve learned that as an artist, every track is not meant for radio. Now I’m structuring records differently, 12 hook, 8 no hook. It’s okay to do that, and it’s helping me grow.”

    Kid Named Breezy’s latest single is “Pink Cookies, and in both name and production follows in his 90′s adoration, owing greatly to the influence of LL Cool J. “[Pink Cookies] is my breakout record into expressing deeper thoughts. I wanted to move past simplistic records with a hip-hop feel, and touch minds a bit. In putting together the visuals, I watched [the original] “Pink Cookies” video, and decided to take it in a different direction. To make a long story short I wanted to poetically tell people something. The concept is about a night-time groupie, who lives a life of ‘falling for a dog’s trap.’ [It's a] life that she doesn’t necessarily have to live.”

    As well, Breezy has worked with 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival headliner Redman, as he joined the emcee on-set for his take on the legend’s classic song “Tonight’s the Night.” “We were structuring the video concept for [Tonight's the Night]. I was in Houston with the woman who helps with my visuals, and she always hold’s stuff back! “We’re discussing the track, and she says, ‘I know Redman’s manager!’ We reached out, got him a copy of the song so he could listen and give us the green light. He said the record was dope and shed a new light on [it] for a new generation.” Continuing the amazing tale, Breezy says, “we went out to Brooklyn, rented out a spot, then [Redman] shows up, already smoking! Everything was very organic, and couldn’t have gone better.”

    Though extremely affable, as with all developing emcees in this generation, getting out the word regarding one’s craft is difficult. Even with numerous industry co-signs, Breezy’s unique take on fame has him both employing and re-considering unique strategies.

    “I’ve done in-stores, All-Star Weekends and awards shows, and I can’t help feeling that if I’m supposed to be there, then I’m supposed to be there,” Breezy states regarding the event marketing grind familiar to so many young and independent artists. “I want to be there getting nominated. [I have] done in-stores and All-Stars, but if I’m supposed to be there, then I’m supposed to be there. If I’m there, I want it to have a relevance to me.”

    Being in the DC Metropolitan area at-the-moment, Bradley Hunt realizes that the entirety of the area isn’t entirely crazy about throwing money at the booty-shaking “clappers” at noted night-spot the Stadium Club. “I am ahead of the curve. People don’t understand, DC doesn’t have that one thing. DC doesn’t have a specific lifestyle. There’s no Sunset Boulevard.” Breezy opines regarding his own strategy, “I just threw a party at my house for 750 people with Talley from [DC-based social media brand] DMV Followers. [My "Lifers" brand] is a lifestyle thing, not about the club and dealing with that fakeness. I’m doing more events. We’re not event planners, though. It’s definitely all about building my music and brand.”

    Kid Named Breezy has definite goals he would like to achieve. “I want to be as impactful as 2Pac. Of course, too, I still look up to the Fresh Prince so much. The dude is so dope. He’s stayed in his lane and won for his entire career.” Continuing, he discusses his live performance goals, too. “I loved [performing at] SXSW [in 2012]. I did the Worldstar stage, and some work with Peter Rosenberg and DJ Premier, too. Live performance energy is unbelievable. I thrive off of people enjoying the music.”

    Given where his head is at these days, the idea that his next project is titled The Abstract Tilt is unsurprising. When asked for one sentence to sum up his take on the direction he’d like to see it take, Breezy’s succinct statement said everything. “Pure music is timeless.”

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