dj fakts one, dj static, dj chillout
|1. Intro - Definition
Of A Battle - Grandmaster Caz
|2. Step This Way
|5. The Heat Of The
|6. Between Dah Seams
|7. Saki feat.
Akrobatik & L.I.F.E.
|8. Definition Of True
Skills - Doug E. Fresh
|Pro-Files The EP
How many cats have we
seen, that rip the mic onstage, with bragging freestyles,
that shut opponents mouths quicker than mom shuts the
cookie jar, but then can't bring the heat on a record?
They are enormously dope when it's off the top, but
once they step into a studio, armed with pen coined
rhymes, the punchlines are as thin as the paper they
are written on. What's up with that? That's an academic
problem to be studied. One of the first cases to look
at, could be Breez Evahflowin, the Blaze Battle champion,
the dude that released the "Refined b/w On The Mic"
shortly after his winning bout, now steps to us with
the "Pro-Files - The EP".
Things first go into
"Intro - Definition Of A Battle",
where Grandmaster Caz talks about what a real battle
is, as there are too many rookies that don't know: face
to face, no shit talking on records necessary. But like
Breez say "I can't hold my tongue like that" and so
he goes for punchline galore on "Step
This Way", that with a horn heavy beat and
an annoying and stupid hook, fails to appeal. Just like
the rest of this EP, this sounds old. Not the lines
Breez goes through, but the production and his flow.
He himself says "designed by the signs of time", well,
of the times passed. Then again, the beat thing, could
be overlooked, as this is similar to battles. During
battles, the beat usually being something known, is
not the main focus, but just provides the platform.
So Breez should be up to the task. However, he leaves
us with the unsatisfied desire for inevitable quotables.
Showing that he's not
just about the braggadocios, Breez is doing a profile
description of some shorty on "Grain".
Or basically he talks about all being relative, and
only to be tasted with a grain of salt. He does that
over a DJ Static beat, that is not enormously appealing,
but solid. The same can be said about the DJ Chillout
beat on "Super-Breez!".
But at least the cinematography approach is well fitting
for Breez' sinister and adventurous rhyming. The timing
was well chosen though, as the EP goes into a live bit
("The Heat Of The Battle"),
where Breez is ripping his contestant a new asshole,
and this reminds us why we listened to this record in
the first place.
Dah Seams" is cool, kinda funky and party
ready. The punchlines got the smiling appeal and get
an approving nod. Of course, the EP should be only made
up of tracks like this one. We seem to be going in the
right direction too, giving a nod to the asianamatic
"Saki", that succeeds,
due to the sounds hooked up by DJ Static. And Breez
teams up with Akrobatik and L.I.F.E. to do some collective
boasting, messing up opponents heads, like too much
of the sake drink. The track that gives the EP its name,
follows suit. "Pro-Files"
does also further confirm that the tracks on here sound
old. The flow and production is done in ways, that used
to be the new thing 6 years ago.
What leaves us with
saying that the whole EP is not hitting us too hard,
but better fits the category of 'dude got freestyle
lyrics, now is doing something solid, but not as mind
blowing, as when he came off the dome'. But maybe the
lackluster beats didn't inspire Breez to come up with
much more. And so all we get is a record full of straight,
gimmick free spitting, over linear beats. Maybe it's
sad, that in today's times, that just ain't good and