The Convocation of Antonio Breez' is the culmination of years of hard work and passion from the Boston wordsmith, Antonio Breez. A proper debut album, it touches on a number of topics while bringing the listener into the world of an artist you won’t soon forget.
The up-and-coming spitter spends the 16 tracks on here chronicling every facet of his life, from the shoulder-brushing bars of “Welcome Ceremony,” to the late-night hustler raps of “Can’t Sleep,” and the pure technical display of “Wet,” and its well played Redman sample. But his lyrical autobiography goes beyond insight, touching upon both his work ethic and artistic rise. He also slows things down with sharply written lover-man rhymes on other highlights, especially the album-closer, “She Don’t Want” and “Next To Me” (with the latter paying homage to Common’s classic, “The Light”).
The majority of the album is handled by producer Kazi Beatz, whose instrumentals range from bouncy, piano-forward R&B (“Successful”) to more modern soundscapes (“My Time”). Elsewhere, Official Stichel delivers sample-based slappers (“Can’t Sleep”), while Magic On The Beats flips nods to J Dilla (“School Love”). Other contributors include Skinny Manolo, DBrown, QuietKept, and Chris Prythm, with Breez pulling it altogether with his shapeshifting flow and confident lyrics.
For Breez, it all boils down to putting everything out there for whoever’s willing to listen. As he says on the opening track, “Today I stand before Hip-Hop and I walk the ceremony knowing that no semester is guaranteed.” He then humbly recognizes that his potential for success and failure is equal, though those who hear 'The Convocation' will realize there’s no chance for the latter.
'The Convocation of Antonio Breez' is now available online wherever music is available for stream and download, through Gittuff Entertainment. 90% of all proceeds will be donated towards Team Jade’s Be The Match donation fundraiser, in her fight against leukemia. *Click here If you’d like to contribute directly: bit.ly/20f6SHV
Stylistically, the video goes beyond what Breez is wearing on screen. The first half, “You Ain't Hot,” which recently debuted on Shade 45, is shot to mimic like you're watching an old-school rap video on VHS. That is, of course, before it switches to shots of Breez posted up in front of an all-black SUV.
Antonio Breez Online:
• Twitter: twitter.com/AntonioBreez
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/antoniobreez
• Website: www.gittuff.com
• YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/AntonioBreezVEVO
• SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/antoniobreez
Jordel Sanchez (Chance)