Eric Breed (June 12, 1971 – November 22, 2008), better known as MC Breed, was a hip-hop/rap artist best known for his singles "Ain't No Future in Yo Frontin" and "Gotta Get Mine", featuring 2Pac.
Born in Flint, Michigan, MC Breed is also known as the first commercially successful rapper to come out of the Midwest. MC Breed's first album was released with rap group DFC and was entitled "MC Breed & DFC" for independent record label, SDEG Records. His solo debut was 1992's "20 Below", after which he released 1993's "The New Breed". Through his career he would align himself with various rap scenes. Early in his career with DFC, he and the group were independents, as one of the first groups out of the midwest. However, later in his career he aligned himself with the West Coast, taking on more of a G-Funk sound and befriending Bay Area rapper Too Short. Still later, he realigned himself once again with the Dirty South for 1995's "Big Baller".
MC Breed released two more albums with Wrap Records, 1996's "To Da Beat Ch'all" and 1997's "Flatline", to fulfill his contract with the label. In 1998, MC Breed signed a deal with Power Records, who had distribution through Roadrunner Records, and released the album, "It's All Good", in 1999. "2 for the Show", a compilation showcasing some of MC Breed's famous collaborations with 2Pac, Too Short, and more, followed later that year. In 2000, MC Breed starred in the straight-to-video movie, Dollar, alongside Shannon Greer, and released a soundtrack for it, which featured his smash hit, "Ain't No Future In Yo' Frontin'". MC Breed also released a compilation that year titled "The Thugz, Vol. 1", and featured Too Short, Richie Rich, Bootleg of The Dayton Family, and more. It would end up being his last release with Power Records.
In 2001, MC Breed released his 13th album, "The Fharmacist", with an up-start independent label based out of Detroit, Michigan called Fharmacy Records. The album featured the Jazze Pha produced hit, "Let's Go To The Club", and a guest appearance from Bootleg of The Dayton Family. The album liner notes advertised many upcoming releases, including a collaboration album between MC Breed and Bootleg under the group name "Flintstones", and a movie starring MC Breed with an accompanying soundtrack titled "Got To Get Mine". No other releases came to fruition, and Fharmacy Records soon diminished. MC Breed re-emerged in 2004 with a new deal through Urban Music Zone Entertainment, a subsidiary label of Psychopathic Records, to release his album "The New Prescription". The album was released in August of that year with national distribution through RED Distribution/Sony, and featured Esham, who was signed to Psychopathic Records at the time. The album didn't receive much promotion, but a music video was made for the album's only single, "Rap Game".
On September 5, 2008 the rapper was hospitalized and placed on life-support after he collapsed when his kidneys failed during a game of pickup basketball. On November 22, 2008, MC Breed reportedly died in his sleep while at a friend's home in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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