"The Breaking is a deeply personal, disturbingly poetic album. There’s nothing half-done or left to the imagination. It listens as if a diary of an unknown emcee comes to light just in the nick of time. Other than Graduation, I haven’t heard such a sonically cohesive album in recent years..."
— Drew Ricketts, The Smoking Section
"It's beautiful poetry. And it's not the type of poetry that makes you "hush, hush", sit up straight, and not cough. It's the type of poetry that makes you wanna punch a cop in the face or travel to a foreign country and fall in love without the use of the English language."
— Blind Boy Grunt, That Ol' New York Rap
"From straight gutter tracks like “Straight Cheeze” to humorous imaginative turns with tracks like “Cecil Be Cool” Cavalier crosses the gamut of the dreamscape, and produces pure Hip-Hop; existentially probing, entertaining, and relevant. In a lot of ways he’s what Brooklyn needs right now"
— Sha-OS, Encore Status
released March 25, 2010
Mercury, Shaka King aka "Mauby Bitters", & Cavalier
Executive Produced by Cavalier; SavCav Music 2008
All Songs recorded and mixed by Mercury
at The Dugout Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Portions of "The Big Picture" recorded by Marka
at 3rd Degree Studios, Woodbrook, Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies
Bonus Outro arranged by DJ FredOnes of TME Studios
Mastering by Ken Heitmueller
Album cover concept by Aseer The Duke Of Tiers
Photos by Lyric R. Cabral
Graphics and Layout by Cavalier