DETROIT-BASED FEMALE MC BREEZEE ONE RELEASES DEBUT LP CRÉME DE LA FEMME
Breezee One, Detroit-based female MC, singer, and writer just released her new LP album, Crème de la Femme this week, which was produced by Freddy Todd AKA DieNasty, Drummer B [Bruiser Brigade] and Sheefy McFly. The album also features Drummer B and The Boulevard Booty Boys on two tracks. “Another Dutch” is the latest track released from the album following up her previous hit single, “Bike Chase.”
In 2011, she went viral with her music video debut of “Bike Chase,” which received over an immediate 25K views on YouTube, and in addition, entry into three national & international film festivals, and Detroit airplay. The music video was directed by NY-based production firm, GAREN, which was shot in Detroit, receiving attention from blogs like Buzzfeed, MetroTimes, MLive and other various online publications.
Breezee One has been charming pants since 2008, when local newspaper Metro Times described her as a “buzzed-up lovechild of Ween, Peaches, TLC and Wu-Tang;” she is self-described as a “Detroit Diva-Licious MC, vocalist, and one funny b*tch.”
How long have you been rapping for?
I have been rapping along with my favorite MC’s since I can remember in my bedroom and in my car driving, but I’ve been writing and performing my own raps for six years. My first CD was Young MC’s Stone Cold Rhymin’ when I was five years old. I never considered making any tracks myself until my long-time homie, Freddy Todd approached me saying he heard that I could rap- I wasn’t exactly sure where he got this info from honestly- but with a little hesitation I said that I did rap. We made a few tracks together and he still produces for me. He is a genius.
Tell us about your first experience performing in front of a real audience.
Burt’s Marketplace in Eastern Market, Detroit is the most amazing jazz club. I used to go there for their open-mic nights, throw back a few drinks, and sing Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and Billy Holiday tunes. The backing band included some of the old-time musicians who did a lot of the recordings for many Motown greats. I will always feel blessed to have done that with them. Those days were my first real experience performing in front of an audience and it was always well received.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Any musician that creates fearlessly influences me. I’ve always been a huge fan of Ween and Frank Zappa for their technical ability, as well as their ability to make you think. I think music reflects life, and I having humor is a big part of coping with life sometimes.
I also really respect female musicians that are all about girl-power; they hold a special place in my heart. I’ve been in love with Madonna, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson for as long as I can remember.
What does Crème de la Femme mean to you?
“Crème de la Femme” means offering the world the best you have to offer. It means improving yourself everyday, it means confidence and grace.
What is your message is all about in your music?
I live in Southwest Detroit, the best ‘hood in Detroit! We have it all- diverse culture, amazing food, beautiful parks, and great art. When I’m writing music, I imagine my neighbors bumping it at their BBQ, or in their cars, or in their headphones, waiting for the bus.
I honestly wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world. People here are authentic, have a unique sense of style and simply out do everyone else.
I love the people in Detroit and its history. You can actually feel the energy here; it’s intense.
If you live in Detroit, you are a trooper, a real warrior.”
It’s pretty cold here most of the year, we have the worst public transportation, and our accessibility to healthy food is almost non-existent. If you can live under these conditions day in and day out and still have a smile on your face, you are a beautiful soul.
In 10 years, I hope to see more people that already live here excelling in their passions, better public transportation, more gardens, organic grocery stores, community outreach, and enough funding for our schools and neighborhoods. I’m not sure we will get there in 10 years, but I know we should continue to head in that direction.
Probably my vintage Ween t-shirt that I have turned into a sexy crop top!
Yes! I am going on tour soon over the summer to promote the album; if you’d like me to play in your city, I’d love to- hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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