Iceman Edition 2- [600 Breezy]

If I’m being one hundred percent honest, I’m a bit ashamed that I was unfamiliar with 600 Breezy up until somewhat recently. I like to pride myself on being at least somewhat knowledgeable about the music scene in Chicago considering I’m from the area and the fact that I wasn’t very acquainted with Breezy other than hearing his name every now and then just disappoints me. I’m not going to dwell on this, however, because I know about him now and I couldn’t be more excited about that considering he’s making some of the best Drill music in the entire city currently. Luckily, there’s even more new music to dive into from the Chicago talent with the release of his brand-new mixtape Iceman Edition 2, which gives such an all-around, fully encompassing look at Breezy’s talents.

A recent press release quotes the rapper talking about what his purpose with this release was: “I went back to my hood to reconnect with myself. I locked myself into the studio, slept on floors with my people and watched the sun come up for days. I had to shake the Hollywood nonsense off me and get back to shit-talking Breezo. I created this project strictly for the streets.” Shit-talking is exactly what he does on this project as well, although the levels and depth of the tape end up running much deeper than that when you listen to it in its entirety. In fact, he shows off an entirely new style in almost every single track on this project which truly helps grasp who he is as an artist and the dexterity he brings to the table that many other Chicago emcees can struggle with at times.

Opening up with “24 Bars, Pt. 4”, he proves just what he was saying in the earlier quote by providing some hard-nosed bars over a minimal yet violent instrumental. On the following track “Racked Up”, a bit more lively, intense beat is utilized and although the lyrical content he boasts is still quite violent, he proves that he can still play around with his different flows and rhyme schemes in some of the most interesting ways I’ve seen recently. Up next is “Gunshots”, and this song is as callous and ferocious as ever. Beyond just being straight up unruly, Breezy also takes a moment to show off some enthusiasm and personality with his ad-libs and cadence as he stretches out some words and gets slightly more animated with his delivery. As I said before, his diverse styles are in full effect with songs like “Unique” and “Signature”, which bring a jazzy vibe that opposes the intensely severe lyrical content he provides, but does so in a way that doesn’t take away from these real-life memories that Breezy has within his always eye-opening recollections.

Other songs like “Walking Blizzard” are simply classic Drill tracks that I can’t help but admire because they bring me back a few years to when Drill music was the new biggest thing in the Rap industry. The Penultimate song “Thuggin” walks on a thin line between a hard-hitting Drill anthem and a slightly more lighthearted, catchy track, although it probably leans more towards the former. If it wasn’t for Breezy’s completely aggressively intimidating approach to his lines that are all about detailed acts of violence and street life, the latter might have been more likely to have been the outcome. Finally, the mixtape comes to a close with the song “Water” which does a great job of leaving listeners with catchy, memorable bars that are going to get stuck in their heads and remain there until their next run-through of the tape, which is sure to be soon after.

A lot of times in Drill music, artists feel as if they need to stay within the boundaries and stick to a single style rather than venturing off and trying out different sounds. Breezy breaks this stigma by trying out a slew of different sonic styles and each type seems to be more successful than the last. While his voice just has this natural aggression and hostility to it, you might not expect the playfulness or bounce that he demonstrates in multiple songs on this project, but these qualities and more are on full display throughout every single song. It’s also quite notable that he took on the challenge of carrying the entire project by himself without recruiting any features. This can be a risk for some artists because their vocals can just get repetitive at times, but the multiplicity that Breezy provides prevents this monotony from occurring. In case the project itself somehow wasn’t enough, he even dropped off a brand-new visual for the song “Signature” off of the tape, so you can check that out below as well. After you do, you’re going to definitely want to give the rest of Iceman Edition 2 a run-through as well, so carve out some time in your busy schedule to tune into the best under the radar release this week, brought to you by Chicago’s own 600 Breezy.