It’s crazy how quickly time flies, especially when it comes to music. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of rapper Freeway’s debut album ‘Philadelphia Freeway.’ For me, Freeway’s Roc-A-Fella Records release was a big deal. My older cousin was a DJ and had me hooked on the R-O-C. He bought the CD and the rest is history.
Back then it wasn’t about how many followers an artist had, it was about the raw emotion the music invoked and if you have ever heard “What We Do,” then you know how monumental this album was. The Just Blaze produced single featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel is undoubetdly the hustler’s anthem, a track that is both eerie and inspiring.
I will never forget the day I met Free at the Shade45 studios in New York City. I was interning, offering soft drinks and soaking in the energy. Even after so many years, his hunger was crystal clear, evident in his freestyle. He even rapped along to the songs that Statik played in between the interview. He was a true lover of the music and for that, I will forever be a fan.
So today, we are revisting Philadelphia Freeway and tipping our hat to the achievements of a spitter of tremendous skill- Freeway. Thank you for your contributions. cc: @PhillyFreezer
Enjoy some Freeway & Roc A Fella classics mixed live @ our JAMxROC event by International Nasty.