hicago-raised drill staple 600Breezy released his new project Retaliation, alongside the new visual “Ticket” ft. Money Man today. For his EMPIRE return, Breezy delivers a 13-song scorcher encapsulating the maniacal grittiness of his debut mixtape, but with more polish. Heavily influenced by the original Chicago drill music scene, where he first gained his notoriety, the ferocity of every single on this project sets the tone for a heavy and haunting album. Retaliation is available everywhere now, watch the video for “Ticket” starring Money Man above.
Alongside the high-energy release comes the video for the new album’s standout track, “Ticket” ft. Money Man (out at 1p et). In the IMXSEBASTIAN-directed video, we see Breezy and his EMPIRE labelmate Money Man, turning their corporate office into a function – employees becoming dancers, and stacks of paperwork turn into bands. The visual perfectly underscores the grind that 600Breezy has been on in his career.
Hailing from the Southside of Chicago, 600Breezy didn’t always live a life of fortune. A tumultuous childhood growing up in crack houses, being swept up in drug raids, and bouncing around from school to school shaped his experiences and consequently, his music. Influenced by his mother’s love for southern gangster rap as well as his father’s taste for more lyrical MCs, Breezy was quickly drawn to the Chicago drill rap sound. He watched the collective rise of his friends and neighbors in the early days of drill, including Chief Keef, his cousin Lil Reese, King Von, and L’A Capone.
His breakthrough came in 2015 with his very first release, “Don’t Get Smoked”: a track paying homage to the late friend and artist that inspired Breezy to step into the booth himself, L’A Capone. With the music video garnering over 9 million views and attention from major artists, 600Breezy quickly followed up with his debut mixtape, Sixo Breezo, later that year, with a game-changing co-sign from Drake. Despite living life as a balancing act – one foot in the streets, the other in the industry – he hustled to deliver fans new projects: 2016’s Breezo George Gervin (Iceman Edition) and 2017’s Breezo George Gervin (Leading Scorer Edition). Time after time he comes back with bangers. Breezy’s blunt lyrics, energetic beats and delivery, and his commitment to the grind, make him a standout staple of Chicago drill.