What Ever Happened To…Cool Breeze?

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Cool Breeze feat Outkast and Goodie Mob – Watch for the Hook

With all of the praise and appreciation that’s given to the Dungeon Family, I consider the collective a sad case. Why? Well, for every platinum success (Outkast, Goodie Mob), there were platinum misses (Joi, Sleepy Brown, Killer Mike). And unfortunately, the “second generation” artists of DC, Scar and Janelle Monae, seem to be going down the same path.

Now, I don’t blame DF for this. They are the best ensemble of black musicians since the 70s. But unfortunately, major labels just don’t see this type of artistry in terms they can understand.

Which takes is to Cool Breeze, the man who invented the term “Dirty South”. The First Generation DF member and Atlanta MC came out strong with “Watch for the Hook,” with a video that played off of Reservoir Dogs perfectly, with assistance from Andre 3000 and Big Gipp. The vid made a splash on MTV2 and BET, but “Hook,” never took off on radio, and his first album East Point’s Greatest Hits was a dud commercially.

Its sad. Like most great rap albums, the public never caught on to the brilliance that was East Points Greatest Hits. You would be surprised that Outkast fans didn’t take notice of this album since it essentially packaged Outkast’s eccentricity for a “street audience.” I hate to use the term “clever wordplay” in an album review cause its a cliche, but Cool Breeze used words and rhymes just as efficiently as…lets say Luda. Please take a look at this album before you diss the South again.

As for Breeze, the rapper went silent after EPGH, but he’s making moves to resurrect his career. He provided a verse on the awful Bubba Sparxxx single, “Clairmont Lounge,” as well as some shitty Southern mixtapes. I see Cool Breeze dumbing down his rap career to compete with the Southern rap thats already on the airwaves. And we all know that’s a bad look.

  • Kellen

    “Hit man” and “Watch for the hook” were my ish.

  • dcfist

    he really hit it with cre-a-tine. thats some classic ish

  • noz

    breeze put out a terrible compilation cd a few years back that i got for ten cents. he’s currently signed to bubba sparxxx’s new south label.

    and i thought “claremont lounge” was pretty great.

  • Control-Z

    Actually, Janelle Monáe, nor Scar is headed down that same path… JM’s actually putting out 4 albums in 2007. And Scar’s completing his album right now to be released in early 2007. So, don’t worry.

  • Stone

    Sorry to dump on Clairemont Lounge, but I’m just not feelin’ it….

    As for JM and Scar, let’s hope so. The point I’m trying to make is that it seems like every minor player in DF goes the same route….great albums, no promotion. Killer Mike should’ve released an album years ago. Sleepy Brown dropped a great album this year and NO one even knew.

  • Mult

    I thought that EPGH was the best cd that no one knew about. couch sessions hit it right on the head with his discussion. i sure hope he doesn’t dumb it down, i hope he goes out and make a record just like EPGH, honestly that might be in my top 5 of favorite albums.

  • Anonymous

    The Five Heartbeats

  • Scotty MaK

    I cant believe this guy didnt blow up. Skills are great. Beats r better than decent (at least for my tastes). I just happened to see the phrase “cool breeze” in something i was reading and instantly remembered this great album i had 10+ years ago. I went n got it and was blown away all over again.

  • Jrich

    This album was great. I thought it was better than Outkast’s first album and and was right there with Soul Food and AtLiens. Creatine, Hit Man, Black Gangsta, Hook, he had about 7-10 great songs. No fillers, and the skits were funny. “Soda Pop and Potato chip? They cool people.” lol. I still bump this on the regular.

  • Alex

    This Album is a classic, I have two of them and I still play it from time to time.

  • gary

    Cool Breeze is in the studio with a new production company called Wonderworx Entertainment. We are working on Cool Breeze new album for a spring release look out because he is talking about the game and still making classic music. Cool Breeze is focused and ready to get his career back on track and bring out new talent in the true dirty south.

  • Gamble

    Cool breeze is lame as fuck and broke as shit. This new year he hosted a party at a spot called seven bar in ga. The crook collected all the door money and dipped out like a little bitch. Didnt pay security or even the d.j can’t respect people like that we do u think most of the members of the dungeon family made it and not him? Well Ur answer is because no one fucks with him!

  • hoggpitt

    Songs like ,hitman or else butter.We play that s*** hard when i was a teen I think you some southern classic s***

  • Igotcha(HHG)

    shame this nigga stopped rapping. I fucked with his first album

    • Dirty South Forever

      Cool breeze was a great rapper but we know how the industry does ppl… Unfortunately most rappers not just in the South can’t Make a Transition. His Album East Point Greatest Hit was a classic and still is… Cool breeze one of my favorite rappers of all-time. The Dungeon Family Showed the world the South has Something to say and that’s all I gotta say