Part of the mystique of Hip-Hop culture revolves around folklore: the urban legends that circulate from generation to generation are the tales that separate true industry veterans from new jacks. In those few moments when myth and reality merge, we see the legacy of true OGs and pioneers who contribute to making the culture what it is today. So when one day two dudes meet in a record store – both looking for the same “Ultimate Breaks and Beats” record – this story could include anyone. But when the two dudes are Dr. Dre and Easy E, you begin to understand the relevance of the “Ultimate Breaks and Beats” Collection. And this collection doesn’t happen without the legendary BreakBeat Lou.
Louis Flores, better known as “BreakBeat Lou,” is a staple and legend in the music and entertainment industry. As a disc jockey and music producer, Breakbeat Lou is most recognized for creating “The Ultimate Breaks and Beats” Compilation with the late Leonard "BreakBeat Lenny" Roberts. This seminal series has been sampled by many of hip- hop's elite producers like DJ Premier (Gangstarr), Large Professor, The Bomb Squad (Public Enemy), Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, Marley Marl and countless others. The series has been instrumental in the production of countless classic recordings over the years. Contemporary producers and DJs such as J Dilla, Salaam Remi, Rhettmatic, Mr. Len, Kenny “Dope” Gonzalez and Just Blaze continue to depend on the compilation. Flores’ work with UBB became the blueprint for sampled music and remains relevant and integral to hip-hop music and culture. The UBB Collection has also birthed various genres of music such as Drum & Bass.
A record connoisseur and collector, music lover and historian, BreakBeat Lou is a consummate digger and repository of musical and cultural knowledge. BreakBeat Lou is truly “your favorite DJs favorite DJ” and his influence in the industry has been noted and applauded by a range of hip-hop movers and shakers, including DJ Clark Kent, DJ Spinna, J ROCC, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Ca$h Money, Peanut Butter Wolf and an array of others. As a DJ, Breakbeat Lou has shared the stage with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, KOOL DJ Red Alert, Grandwizzard Theodore, Biz Markie, Todd Terry, Rich Medina, Q- Bert, Lord Finesse, Boogie Blind, DJ Scratch and countless others. He has also rocked from the intimate club venues to festival stages including Soundfest Festival in Minneapolis, MN and the A3C Conference in Atlanta, GA. Furthermore; his record collection is elevated by the signature element of rare and unfindable 45s and recording sessions.
Louis also founded the Original Beat Junky production company alongside world-renown editor and producer, the late Jose “Chep” Nunez. The two collaborated in producing for artists including 2 In a Room, Tim Dog, Ultramagnetic MCs, the late Scott LaRock, Paul C and many other foundational artists in hip-hop.
Louis “BreakBeat Lou” Flores is a pillar of hip-hop music and culture, whose contribution cannot be understated, overlooked or denied. Without his contribution, hip-hop music and production does not evolve in the late 1980s through the 1990s and beyond. If BreakBeat Lou is not present, many hip- hop DJs do not study the integral craft of diggin’ for records. And without his longstanding tradition of mixing and editing, many producers rise to fame and stardom never happens.
Any DJ, producer or record collector worth their weight in hip-hop gold will tell you the importance of Louis “BreakBeat Lou” Flores. He is quite simply your favorite’s favorite in hip-hop.