Who Dat Rapper 12-18-16

cool-breezeWho Dat Rapper 12-18-16

Dirty South

dirty-southCool Breeze first appeared on one of the most influential songs to come from Atlanta; 1995’s Dirty South by the Goodie Mob. This was one of the earliest (if not THE earliest) use of the term “Dirty South.” He followed that up by jumping on the 1996 monster ATLiens on the cut “Decatur Psalm”.  He then found himself on a couple powerhouse soundtracks.  Cool Breeze joined Goodie Mob and Witchdoctor on “Angelic Wars” on 1996’s Set It Off.  He then shared the mic with Outkast’s Big Boi on “Gangsta Partna” on 1997’s Hoodlum.

East Points Greatest Hit

cool-breeze-east-points-greatest-hits-back-in-the-day-buffetCool Breeze now has a name for himself as a hungry emcee from East Point Atlanta GA.  With his Dungeon Family to back him; 1999 was Cool Breeze’s time.   His debut, East Points Greatest Hit featured production almost exclusively by Organized Noise Productions, the in house production team for the Dungeon Family Camp.

The album starts off with a bang. The frenetic “Ghetto Camelot” was an introspective tale over a jazzy ONP production. The trombones throughout instantly take you to a battle of bands at any HBCU in Atlanta.  Then we jump right into the biggest single in his career, the mighty “Watch for the Hook”.  The whole damn Dungeon Family showed all types of chemistry and energy on this posse cut. They were sort of like a Southern Wu Tang Clan.  ONP hooked up a simplistic backdrop based on Neil Young’sSouthern Man” which allowed Outkast, Witchdoctor, Big Rube, and Goodie Mob to completely rip the mic to shreds.  C-Lo and Khujo trading rhymes and Cool Breeze’s final marathon verse are the highlights here, but the entire song is bangin.  This was the perfect introduction to peeps that weren’t familiar with the crew at this point in time.  This was the first Southern CD I ever bought and it just opened up my ears to a complete different sound and style.

Cool Breeze (feat. OutKast & Goodie Mob) – Watch For The Hook

Butta” is another highlight on the album.  This irresistibly smooth ride is his love song.  He metaphorically rhymes:

Take you to get yo’ nails done, play that song ‘The Player’s Ball’
Run you over Keisha house, drop you off by Greenbrown Mall
It don’t matter how long you try to keep me out
I’ma still chop and dice you up like we were at the Waffle House
Girls always asking me like what do I mean
When I say butter berry cream when I’m floatin’ downstream
See this type of butter ain’t like Land-O-Lakes
It’s just moist in the middle like some hot pancakes
When I go over her house she always sittin’ alone
And be playin’ my songs, I mean like all night long
If I, Cool Cutta, gave one reply
When I wake up in the morning, my cholesterol high

Cool Breeze flexes his story telling chops on “Black Gangster”.  He’s able to paint a vivid portrait of his East Point streets.  This is one of the few tracks not produced by ONP and has an distinct East Coast vibe to it.   Breeze gets introspective and invites 90’s songstress Nivea to jump on the hook on “The Field”. Legendary Eightball shows his Tennessee wisdom on “Tenn Points”.  DPG Gangsta, Kurupt stops by on “We Get It Crunk”.   This seems to be an unlikely duo and unfortunately this one falls kinda flat.  Nothing special here.  But no worries, because Cool Breeze hooks up with the phenomenal and severely underrated Sleepy Brown one on the funkiest things I ever heard: “Weeastpointin”  Cool Breeze only had one verse, but the highlight is the crooning of Sleepy Brown as he is able to capture his love for Cadillac’s and cruising around.

Cool Breeze – Weeastpointin’

Doin It In The South” is cut from the same cloth of good vibes, but has a distinct west coast feel to it.  The vocoder on the hook is a dead giveaway.  The entire album, Cool Breeze referenced his other moniker: Freddie Calhoun. You will even hear mention of other Calhouns throughout the albumHe officially introduces the rest of his Calhoun family on the album finale, “The Calhoun’s”Brian aka Slimm, Pauly and Lucky Calhoun all dropped verses displaying their styles.  Slimm wound up having a bit of success. He released The Skinny in 2001 and featured the jam “Its OK” which highlighted a unforgettable feature from Andre 3000.  The Calhoun’s also showed up on this album with another members Big Cuz Calhoun aka Rap A Lot artist KB (check out his collabs with Devin The Dude) on “All The Hustlas

Slimm “Cutta” Calhoun feat. André 3000 – It’s Ok

Calhouns

dirdy-southCool Breeze aka Freddie Calhoun hooked up with Lucky and Pauly Calhoun and released 2001’s “Made In The Dirdy South” as The Calhouns.   Production was handled mostly by the trio, but OCP did contribute three tracks on “Outfits”, “Some People” and “Street Life”.   Unfortunately their charismatic Dungeon Family brethren showed them no love on the album and they were sorely missed.  Freddie went dolo on the powerful “RGDG” as he describes the comparison between the rap game and the dope game. “Slapped” is a club banger along the same lines as “Tear The Club Up”.   After a couple listens you will be chanting.

 Somebody somebody somebody’s about to get SLAPPED

Another Calhoun is introduced on “Country”. Uncle Calhoun aka Big Hawg Major shows us southern hospitality.  The albums is at its strongest on “Partments”  Freddy is back in story telling mode as he discusses a kid fighting for respect in his school and his apartment complex.

Calhouns – ‘Partments

Now Cool Breeze oozes plenty of Southern charisma.  It’s quite regrettable though that he hasn’t been able to reach the status of his crew.  Regardless he was able to align himself with one of the greatest crews in hip hop, The Dungeon Family and release some timeless material.   So if you forgot his short discography and come across his music and wonder, “Who Dat Rapper”? Its Cool Breeze aka Freddy Calhoun.

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