Schwarzfahren

by Breezy

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said I been at the bottom but still I rise don't act surprised war war warning please be advised staring like they hypnotised leave em mesmerised I don't survive I thrive touch the floor electric slide on the dance floor get baptised black black black yeah that's that pride been to the moon now i realize pull up in my whip call it spaceship spill the tea let's take a sip hands on my hip you dip i dip spill the tea let's take a sip i came to slay no games i play melanin poppin all day yes im here to stay no games i play bitch, I'm from outer space I'm up in Berlin they lookin at my skin like they never seent it before bitch ima alien code switchin for fun call me chamelion if you iant made at the world then you are not the one i ain't finishsed i aint done glowed up in the sun leavin everybody stunned on a marathon yes i run pull up in my whip call it spaceship spill the tea let's take a sip hands on my hip you dip i dip spill the tea let's take a sip i came to slay no games i play melanin poppin all day yes im here to stay no games i play bitch, I'm from outer space whoop di dee doo whoop di dee da shinin bright shinin like a star earth so ghetto how bizarre aufwiedesehen peace au revior back in the spaceship land afar act like ya heard yeah alles klar hpapy and i know i tsay hurrah step to the side yeah ima aura get it in ya ears get it realk quick i cam eoto slay yeah aslay erael qaiuk rabbit out the hat yeah magic trick they call me a witch bitch rep my broomstick pull up in my whip call it spaceship spill the tea let's take a sip hands on my hip you dip i dip spill the tea let's take a sip i came to slay no games i play melanin poppin all day yes im here to stay no games i play bitch, I'm from outer space don't tell em what your finna do just let em watch leave em real shook leave em real shock like new orleans drop it likes its hot twist it lock it bop it wap edges laid protect my crown durag bonnet holdin it down we out here just look around Black to the Future that's that sound don't come for me unless I send for you lookin straight ahead not out the rear view yeah we out here all that we done been through i see you lookin at me tell me how's the view you be sleep stay awake woke woke woke said wake and bake all you took and all you take no you don't take my joy away pull up in my whip call it spaceship spill the tea let's take a sip hands on my hip you dip i dip spill the tea let's take a sip i came to slay no games i play melanin poppin all day yes im here to stay no games i play bitch, I'm from outer space yeah i'm from outer space ancestors guiding me all day out here livin they wildest dreams couldn't do it ohne mein Team decolonize and moisturize do it out loud don't apologize said do it out loud don't apologize
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Get Out 03:06
Tried to make it in the States, didn’t go so well Everybody so heated made it hot like hell Still can’t nobody talk about race Even tho the shit cold cocked straight in the face America the genocide, turned into a company How the richest nation got so many Hungary? Pullin up the bootstraps only lead to loot traps Rat race rhythm only workin for the fat cats Snap! Go the rat trap, specially when skin Black Feelin like we take another step and then we backtrack Never fit in. I’m a mulatto weird and I’m here bitch, that’s the new motto Come to the queer sphere no fear grotto Where we learn to love ourselves, opposite of what they taught us You are smart, talented, amazing Don’t stick around when a place drives you crazy When you’re losin yo mind When you runnin outta time When you’re feelin kinda blue When you don’t know what to do When they don’t understand When you don’t know where to land When you treated unfairly When the death rate scary If you feelin really low If you don’t know where to go If you workin really hard And you still don’t have a yard If you can’t choose a side If there’s nowhere to hide If you’re unappreciated Increasingly jaded Millions of people in this world migrate Where’s a better life? It’s not my job to placate Take a risk, take a chance, elevate perspective No mandatory classes, life is elective Nina, James, Angela, Audre Even Dave Chappelle saw the states as tawdry Everybody left, too insane in the brain When ya mother, father, sista, brotha, cousin, gettin slain Young ones, so anxious, taking their lives Any damn difference and bullies despise Liberal arts means debt and drinking Loss of brain cells outweighs the thinking Messy ass system of public education It ain’t the 60s and still segregation Don’t get me wrong I still miss California So damn expensive, who can afford it? If things are never gonna change If the hood stay the same If their eyes all blinded If they stubborn-minded When ya doin all ya can When books are gettin banned When ya paycheck to paycheck When ya pressured to stay fresh When you wanna be alone And everybody home If you need yo space (better run like a race) All I’m sayin is that stayin maybe out of obligation Ain’t a healthy choice and may lead to complication All the ancestors sayin come home Nobody can tell you different you grown It’s a lot of work but you can get out on your own Certain situations nothin you can do to mollify Bars in your mind are fear of the unknown If we seek asylum Al Jazeera say we qualify You know you don’t have to stay Don’t have to be this way It’s a big big world And you not a little girl If it’s bringing you down And you don’t wanna stick around Let yourself be free
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Berlin is a bitch with a black eye and a gold tooth who’ll punch you in the face and give you whatever stitches you need to stick around for the next uppercut to the jaw. Each of Berlin's knuckles is a legion of landlords who will evict you in the midst of a global pandemic and keep half your Kaution because fuck you, really. Berlin will kiss those bruises with the couches and spare rooms of friends who have taken the same beating. Berlin with her WG nightmares and k-hole dreamers has a habit of stitching together found families from her meanest left hooks. Berlin is a bitch with a too-short summer and a jab-cross winter that’ll knock you flatter than the half-drunk beers abandoned along Sonnenallee. Berlin eats the souls of her lovers and dares call them lost when they beg for change on her U-bahns. Berlin grows out her bush(es) so you can have sex or piss or shit in peace in her parks; she winks at you from spaeti doorways and shouts obscenites at you in Kotti. Berlin is a cheap date who makes sure you’re never more than 5 minutes from your next beer or 3 months from the end of your sublease. Berlin paints her nails purple and blows smoke ring portals into every bar - fuck your fresh-cleaned fast fashion that’s okay because you got it at Humana, you will leave this place stinking of cigarette ash even if you don’t smoke. Berlin’s clothes fall off in the street no matter how cold or wet it is. Berlin bets her bike lanes against your helmet, you dweeb. Berlin is drunk on her cheap sekt and cheaper beer; she belts out techno homages to the jackhammers that tore down her Wall and screams with her ambulances until the Turkish wedding car horns drown her out. Berlin drinks the shopkeepers’ spit on Karl-Marx-Strasse and wipes her mouth with startups’ bankruptcy papers. Berlin wants to be socialist but keeps evicting them all. Berlin wants to be anti-racist but keeps calling the cops. Berlin wants to give you as many scars as she can before spitting you back out into the rest of the world, because she knows a good scar is a good story, and she’s got a reputation to think about. Berlin, Berlin, you make it so hard to live here, but don’t make me leave - ich liebe deine Falafel zu sehr!
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say her name say her name when no one is around you not because you have to better say her name say her name say her name you actin hella shady when you kill a lady betta say her name
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fuck the rain i'll take the train next time leavin traces of my energy behind forgot the words but my thoughts they're fine I'm leavin tonight collisions.
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chicken gemüse kebap döner box knoblauch sauce pommes frites well I was walkin down the street and i was lookin for something to eat das ist Berlin it's past ten yall know the only thing I'm finding chicken gemüse kebap
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Keep Up 03:04
Ayo I’m lookin for a partner who be half as dope as me Gotta roll nice blunts and joints, non-negotiable is weed I want a body that be burstin with that creativity Mind better have that hustle, plenty proclivity I be wearin sweats and tees, makeup really isn’t me Haven’t shaved my legs since damn near 2013 I like thinking critically, I like rollin wit homies Yeah I’m dat bougie hoe who be eatin gluten free Can you keep up with me? Want to watch Black comedy? Want to kick a ball around and then go get something to eat? Can you impress a G? Engage in my being? When I’m in the mood, we can make each other sing uh KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah So can you ride wit me? Fix me soup when I bleed? And when I’m feelin weak, give me a shoulder to lean on? I ain’t no Cardi, I don’t care about money And I sure do believe broke boys do deserve pussy Most importantly, if you wanna step to me Do you have an understanding of anxiety See I be everything from the storm to the breeze So cap’n can you navigate this ship with ease? KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah KEEP UP, yeah, KEEP UP yeah, KEEP UP, yeah, yeah, yeah
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Comin back home, comin back home Comin back home, comin back home Sometimes you just gotta check in with yourself, check in with yourself Hey little mama are you ok? You been dealin with a lotta shit these days Are you getting good sleep, something healthy to eat, Going for a walk down the street baby Know it feels the world is comin atcha No need to run or it’ll catch you All you gotta do is slow your roll Hustlin and gindin is takin a toll Get comfortable Take an extra pillow System has got your resistance on high Every time you think about it make you wanna cry Rest your bones, you ain’t alone Integrity and strength you’ve shown Now it’s up to you to reflect on what you\ve been through Reflect, reflect, reflect, reflect, Reflect, reflect, reflect, reflect, Reflect, reflect, reflect, reflect, Reflect, reflect, reflect, reflect, Now let’s talk about your hopes and dream Are you slowly building a team? Is your fire burning? What’s your inner yearning? Whatchu learn about yourself Which part of you have you put up on the shelf? Are you able to love? Are you closed off to all of the above? Take your time, find your center Whole new dimension we will enter Just remember you got it all Cross your arms and trust your fall You don’t crash your wings will spread There is nothing for you to dread For this process to be painless you’ve got to be shameless No shame, no shame, no shame, no shame No shame, no shame, no shame, no shame No shame, no shame, no shame, no shame No shame, no in your game In the hours after sleep I rolled as a whip but I choose Not to believe that I’m alone You made the message clear That I will always be waitin for Me to turn the key And come back home I’m comin back home I’m coming back home
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Big up to the homies Blackstreet and Teddy Without this one from ‘96, we ain’t ready Suitable beat to be movin your feet While I break it down with my shoutouts from Breeze Cuz this the first album, project number three And I been at this shit since Good Kid M.A.A.D. City It’s time to look back at the ones supporting me Finally I can serve others after serving me Ever since quarantine, been catchin up on The Read mad love to Crissle and Kid Fury Also podcasting, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford Therapy for Black girls necessary that’s sure Shoutout to the city of Berlin, Wilkommen And Deutschland giving all this geld to artists Socialists invested in the culture Kotti kept Google out...Fuck the vultures Gotta give it up to Monika Grütters, Profi Founded Musikfonds back in twenty sixteen she the reason Breezy got that album money Germany sugar daddy for my US alimony hahhhh See in Europe, they frontin for my come up All around the world people floodin in to run up On the quality of life, room to breathe histories Back in my land most of it a mystery ayyyy Super dankbar, super super dankbar, super dankbar, super super dankbar Super dankbar, super super dankbar, super dankbar, super super dankbar Please excuse if I come across rude Only got so much room as four minutes, fifty two Gotta give it up, for, my hometown crew Never really had a hometown, but I had you Mama Jobo yeah number one fan Couldn’t do this shit without you telling me I can Then my brother Mar Mar, my libra costar Big Bird 4eva King Kaos ghetto mind cold world Big ups to my girls of HCAT, hot cheetos and takis, my first crew of rap You remember how we got this That’s dat original Soundcloud rap, no mumble shit Thank you to Johnston, where I met Groov And we didn’t overthink shit, Brown Skin Babies on the move Albums comin out the wazoo, proud a you And all my brown skin babies round the world, too Super dankbar, super super dankbar, super dankbar, super super dankbar Super dankbar, super super dankbar, super dankbar, super super dankbar Vielen vielen dank to my Berlin chapter The city where I trained to become a rapper Ain’t no way I could have survived Without Freak A. and the City Cats on my side Believin in me when I was fully breaking down Thru my moods and all the doom and gloom creepily loomed Letting me rest on the couch in the living room For months while I searched everywhere for my crown I went down, hit rock bottom now I’m on my way up I ain’t rich, but hits, I got em Hayeti, habibti, und meine Debbiche Fabulous family helpin me turn licht an Berlin Untelevised givin me a start At Ohm with BERRIES and Tchuani lies my heart Hoemies, shoutout Meg10, unitin all the femmes M:Soundtrack & Night School doin it again Black Brown Berlin, each one teach one All my brothas, sistas, let us take a minute preach one Josylyn, Dr. Gebremariam Pullin me from out depression, shit was gettin scary um Let us remember the words of June Jordan “We are the ones we have been waiting for” and Let your spirit come alive baby now’s the time Take good care of yourself, fuck everyone else, Breezy out

about

Berlin rapper and producer Breezy made the decision to produce an album uniting Black, FLINTA and queer musicians* from Berlin after the international protests of the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020 caused a worldwide stir: "I felt like there were so many divisions among the Black community that we would never get on the same page and that Black women and Black queer people especially were being left the most vulnerable."

Her feeling of dispersion in such a global and important movement resulted in the approach for the idea of the album: a common platform for diverse realities of life of POCs and especially queer and FLINTA people from Berlin, which Breezy unites through her producing skills. Featuretracks with Nasheeka ("Decolonize & Moisturize"), Ys4jd, Natalie Greffel and Okcandice ("Decomposition") or BabydoJos and Barbara ("Etchin' N Itchin'") result in a beautiful kaleidoscope of rap, vocals and poetry. But Breezy also grants a space for her personal perspective with solo tracks. For example, "Get Out" describes the process and feelings of her emigration story from the U.S. to Germany behind a political and social motif: "Everybody left, too insane in the brain / when ya mother, father, sista, brotha, cousin gettin slain [...] Messy ass system of public education / it ain't the 60s and still segregation." With "#sayhername," Breezy again ties into the BLM movement, writing a dedication to activist Kimberlé Cranshaw, who established the hashtag in the title, with the song.

The album title "Schwarzfahren" is on the one hand meant as a play on words; thus the album is to be received as a fast ride through different life worlds of Black musicians*. On the other hand, Breezy uses the title to draw attention to the fact that Black people are often suspected of criminal behavior in everyday activities: "Another thing about the word is the feeling of behaving 'wrong', which is something Black people are accused of for simply going on about our lives." - The serious consequences of such a racist general suspicion can be seen in the USA as well as in Germany.

Thus, Berlin-based musician Breezy succeeds in creating a collabo album that focuses on strong content and important perspectives on a sound-aesthetic level and demonstrates the diversity and greatness of the Black, FLINTA and queer Berlin music scene.

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released June 2, 2021

produced by Breezy
mastered by Queer Ear Mastering

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Breezy exists in the liminal space between Black and white. Based in Berlin, she is an artist, music producer, and maker of mulatto music.

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