Front man, Ruslan, is an Armenian refugee born in Baku, Azerbaijan. He moved to San Diego as a child in the 1990s, after his family fled from religious persecution in their own country. Ruslan would later meet Beleaf, a Baltimore native who was nearly homeless and moved to San Diego in search of a new beginning. The two formed a fast friendship around their shared love for Hip-Hop.
Ruslan eventually gave Beleaf a set of turntables and encouraged him to put his love for music into action – Beleaf instantly discovered his talent as a DJ and MC. The duo discovered they shared not only a love for Hip-Hop, but a burning desire to get better and a commitment to perfect their craft. Together, they decided to form a Hip-Hop crew that would make an impact on the culture, the San Diego community, and the world.
theBREAX have been doing exactly that. The crew has grown to include Mic B on drums, Jruckers on keys, and Bam on bass. Together, they have cultivated a large and diverse community of loyal fans through their own headlining shows, and opening up for world-class acts such as Mobb Deep, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Arrested Development, Lecrae, War, and Fred Hammond. When theBREAX released their debut album, “Never Arrive,” in December, 2011, it rocketed to #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts.
Check out theBREAX video below for “Breaking Out The Box”: