Open Space: 600 Breezy
Straight outta Chitown
Most of the world first heard about 600 Breezy when he popped up on “Lose You,” a track off Drake’s More Life. But in the streets of Chicago, his name rings bells.
The song that put him on Drizzy’s radar was “Don’t Get Smoked,” which Breezy recorded over a beat he found on the internet. His audio upload of the song—made out of respect for his homie L’A Capone—took off, but when Breezy shot a video the views sky-rocketed into the millions.
“The majority of the niggas in Chicago that make songs like I made, they get killed” he says in MASS APPEAL’s latest Open Space interview. “Like, right away. So it was really a good look on me. Cause they like, “He really a street nigga. He really holdin’ his own.'”
It wasn’t long before he got a DM from Drake. “You see @champagnepapi pop across your screen,” he recalls with a smile. “I’m trippin’ and everybody thought I was lyin’,” but the OVO x Air Jordan 8 Calipari Pack kicks on his feet during the interview prove otherwise.
Drake told Breezy to stick with the music. “My sound, my image, everything—it all fit. He was feeling the authenticity,” Breezy recalls. “He’s like, ‘Don’t stop—keep doin’ it.'”
Taking the advice to heart Breezy has signed a deal with Empire to release Breezo George Gervin: Leading Scorer Edition. Sometimes he feels like his steps are being guided by a higher power. “I be like, maybe if L’A could be next to Drake? I really feel like he watchin’ over me and guiding my stuff—him and a few homies that’s gone. I don’t know—I know I’m blessed. I know I got angels over me.”
Breezy took time out to break down the harsh realities behind Chicago street rap. “We was rappin’ amongst the neighborhoods, making songs back and forth to the niggas we was beefin’ with,” he explains. “The opposition, we call them ‘the ops.’ So basically back and forth to the ops, we was making disses in the neighborhoods… It was rap beef, but it was really street shit. We talkin’ about real people that got murdered in our songs. So that’s why it’s serious.”
Although he’s not signed to OVO, Breezy appreciates and respects Drake for the cosign. So when XXXtentacion started going at the OVO General, Breezy took it to heart.
“I didn’t even really want it to go as far as it did,” Breezy states. “We don’t bring people moms and women and children into the equation. By him disrespecting Drake’s mom—I love that lady. She’s a kind-hearted little-bitty lady, bro. She’s not doing anything to nobody. Keep that shit with Drake. Don’t talk about her.” Breezy says he did his best to leave it alone, but during a trip to Florida, Breezy says he was getting DMs from X’s people. “I’m a street nigga, bro,” he says. “Now it’s like you wanna do the internet shit with me. But I’m not playin’.” Check the video up top.