Review: Lil Breazy – Checkmate

The Lil Breazy – Checkmate album was released on Iced Down Records, Isolated Records, and Select-O-Hits in 2002. This album is off the hook! Lil Breazy is from Austin, Texas! Bad Guy, Check Yourself, and Everybody’s Ballin’ are the singles! He kills on every track of his sophomore album. You should buy this album if you already haven’t!! It’s that good! It’s too bad that Lil Breazy’s career never took off. Austin Hip Hop/Rap always gets overlooked!

Let Me Look At You is fast uptempo soul rap song featuring Big Grind and Ajax of Sam Huston Boyz (Sam Houston Boyz). Staying paid is the only thing on Lil Breazy’s agenda. He’s click-clackin’ and stackin’ up money into his account. Lil Breazy only represents the real. On this track, Lil Breazy separates the real from the fake.

Everybody’s Ballin’ is the hit single for this album! This is one of those party on the boat dock at the top of the boat jams. This jam will make you want to get up and dance! This is the bomb!! A rockin’ Stapleton Sisters sample is used. This song had house parties in Austin rockin’ out back in 2002! Everybody’s Ballin’ had everyone partyin’ back in 2002. If you were educated and informed about the social scene and party scene here in Austin, Texas, you’d know about this song.

Mash 4 Skrilla is a very Lone Star Texan song. The country guitar on the high note gives out that Texas Country feel. Lil Breezy tells us on the brooding chorus lines that he’s not going to die being broke. Rap game or dope game he’s in it to win it. Lil Breazy’s a certified track kills. He kills on every track of his sophomore album.

Time 2 Shine showcases both Lil Breazy and ICE’s lyrical talent. You’ll love the vocoder used on Time 2 Shine. This song was so cold. Both artists had the game on freeze. ICE was on ATV Recordz, Isolated Records, Madd Creole Entertainment, and Iced Down Records. She was from Austin, Texas.

Whoever told you G-Funk and Gangsta Rap was dead, they’re wrong! It just moved to the South. Listen to You Know How We Do It featuring Big Pokey from Wreckshop Records outta Houston, Texas! This is like a From Austin to Houston collaboration. It has that old 90s G-Funk sound. The Ice Cube sample is super dope! G-Funk and Ice Cube are a great combination.

Ain’t shit changed on Ain’t Shit Changed. Southside still holding grain as Big Moe, ESG, and Lil Breazy put it. ESG comes off real with his realist rhymin’ on Ain’t Shit Changed. Big Moe does his soulful singing and chorus lines on the hooks as he usually did. Big Moe speaks upon how to hold grain and game while ESG speaks upon how to hold game.
Ain’t Shit Changed is mostly about how shit hasn’t changed in the South. Everything’s still the same. ESG and Big Moe are a great combination.

Bad Guy and Check Youself have that Scarface movie feel with that heavy bass and heavy drums. So does Don’t Fuck With Me which features Lil Flip and has a Scarface movie sample. Just a Player is a slow downtempo dreamy soul song featuring Big Chop and Cin-A-Mon of ATV Recordz.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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