May 18, 2015

Breez Evahflowin – John Henry’s Revenge (Unreleased 2004 LP)

John Henry’s Revenge is a 17 track unreleased collaborative project between Producer Wally What & Breez Evahflowin’ from 2004. Featuring Immortal Technique, Mr Metaphor, L.I.F.E. Long, October Zero, DJ Static, Swave Sevah, Sho, Kenny Majozi, Phase 1, and Poet Monte Smith.

The story:
Starts with a tour of the Carolinas. NYC’s Breez Evahflowin, C-Rayz Walz and Boston’s MC Akrobatik were promoting the compilation album Detonator records volume 1. In Charleston SC thanks to DJ Kurfu Breez & C-Rayz meet a young dread head producer by the name of Wally What? That night the rare and extremely difficult to find ‘Zelda’ freestyle was recorded. Over the years that follow Breez would continue to collaborate with Wally in SC and then in Boston where Wally relocated. A few years later they would end up sharing an apartment in Bed Stuy Brooklyn where more tracks were created and the concept of the theme album began to take shape.Wally delivered track after track of intense sounds. Breez used this canvas to verbally illustrate his growing frustration with the War on Terror and the ruling administration at the time.

There were ambitious plans for an LP, a tour, a book and more but, as can happen, life got in the way. Out of necessity, Breez moved to North Carolina for a few years. Wally moved to Baltimore. Though the digital age made it possible for the collaboration to continue from a distance, it never quite got back to becoming what it originally was.

Wally & Breez have gone on to find happiness in life as Husbands & Fathers. They still keep in touch and take jabs at each other over social media every football season (Breez=Steelers, Wally=Ravens).

10 years later for your consideration is the concept as fleshed out as it is going to be. The vocals a little harsh at times, some beats are raw and unfiltered. The message still very strong and resonant.

Included in the project is a PDF of the LP booklet titled ‘an Ode to John Henry’ written by Poet Monte Smith.

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