This compilation Mile High Breakout Volume 1: The Best In Colorado Hip Hop, presented by ProvenGrounds.com, contains tracks that are blended up nicely by DJ Mike Czech and offer a nice introduction to those who haven’t had the opportunity to get to know Colorado hip-hop. Featured artists are as varied as D.O. The Fabulous Drifter, O2P, Roadside Profits, and Tormented Religion. In other words, the album allows the listener to hear music representing the many regions of the Colorado Diaspora.
As with any compilation project, not everything works. Busta B’s “Colorado” is only worth listening to because of its hook: “I’m from that CO-LO-RA-DO” – catchy, and explanatory. Tr3 Face, though an inspired rapper, fails originality over a so-so track. On the other hand, Mirazh, one of the states best MC’s delivers with his moody, string dominated “How Can I Breathe” and Black Pegasus offers up the radio ready “Who Ya Gonna Call.” Julox reps A-town with the down South-styled “Lower Third,” which is set ablaze by one of the most original, identifiable voices ever, and then Shawmen offer “The Flood” as an answer to redemption and backpackers everywhere.
“Lonely,” the best cut on the album, features Rie Rie and Busta B. Its accessible theme, powerful music and Reggae chanting, along with Allison Wright’s sensuous vocals makes you wonder why this song isn’t already in rotation at video and radio outlets. Then there is the feel-good joint offered up by D.O. “Feelin’ Like,” which brings to mind such pivotal songs as Will Smith’s “Summertime” and Ice Cube’s “Today Was a Good Day.”
Now don’t get it twisted. This is not the first attempt to rep Colorful Colorado. Previous joints include LIFE Crew’s Life Crew Volume 1; Jump Mobile presents Hometown Heroes Denver; and Low Budget Soul’s Colorado Hip Hop Movement. However, Mile High Breakout is the first one to adequately showcase the disparate minds of Colorado’s rap musicians. From its gangsta mentality to its underground vibe to its mainstream sensibilities and spots in between, it delivers. The music runs the gamut from synth heavy to orchestral influences and sampled grooves to 80’s inspired funk. That’s why this release stands above the rest, putting it in the company of national releases. Cop one and make sure you share it with a friend.