Freeway, in conjunction with Karmaloop and Rocksmith Tokyo, is excited to release his new mixtape, Freedom Of Speech. The 16-track tape, hosted by famed DJ and producer Don Cannon, is available for free download via the Karmaloop website and also on DatPiff.
This past Friday, Freeway released "Jungle," the first official single from his forthcoming album, Diamond In The Ruff. Freeway also used the occasion to announce a new release date, November 27th, for the album, and while fans may be saddened at the news that they'll have to wait an additional two weeks before getting their hands on the Philly rapper's fourth official studio album, Free has released this new mixtape to hold his loyal supporters over along the way.
Largely, Freedom Of Speech is a solo effort for Freeway, but where guests do show up –Young Chris on "Real Shit," Jakk Frost and Malik B on "Beards R' Us" – it's often a Philly affair. Elsewhere, Freeway spreads the love, enlisting Atlanta rapper Diamond for "Ice Cream," and he also collaborates with Free, former host of 106 & Park, for the soulful "Ghetto Love." For production, Freeway called on long-time producer Jake One, along with a number of first-time collaborators, including Cardiak, Thelonius Martin, and upstart producer B. Jones, who handles production on four of the tape's 16 tracks. The tape is mixed by Mike Jerz, who also contributes production on "Master Of Ceremony."
For Freedom Of Speech, Freeway partnered with streetwear clothing line Rocksmith Tokyo and fashion retailer and culture outlet Karmaloop, the latter of which also partnered with Freeway to shoot a number of videos from the mixtape, including previously released clips for "Let You Know," "We Up," "Master Of Ceremony," and the Young Chris-featuring "Real Shit." For Freeway, the partnership was a natural decision, given his long-standing relationships with the companies.
Karmaloop is equally excited to take part in the release of Freedom Of Speech, a partnership that's been a long-time coming. "It was an easy decision to partner Rocksmith and Freeway on this project for Karmaloop Music," says Tom Keough, Special Projects Coordinator for Karmaloop. "These are two brands that Karmaloop stands behind and believes in. Free has always supported Karmaloop so it was a no-brainer – he's part of the Karmaloop fam."
Download Freedom Of Speech here: http://klp.virb.com/freedom-of-speech
Freedom Of Speech Track List:
1. F.O.S. Ft. Mama Jones (Prod. B. Jones)
2. Hotline (Prod. 183rd)
3. Dinars (Prod. AK47)
4. Bearded Wonder (Prod. Jeffro)
5. Beards R' Us Ft. Jakk Frost, Malik B & Tana Da Beast (Prod. Mr. Green)
6. Go Get It (Prod. Cardiak)
7. Seems Like (Prod. Toure)
8. Master Of Ceremony (Prod. Mike Jerz)
9. Ice Cream Ft. Diamond (Prod. B. Jones)
10. Let You Know (Prod. Thelonious Martin)
11. Ghetto Love Ft. Free (Prod. Sap)
12. We Up (Prod. JRB)
13. Real Shit Ft. Young Chris (Prod. CertiFYD)
14. Nah Uh Ft. M-Class (Prod. Jake One)
15. Workout (Prod. B. Jones)
16. Hold You Down Ft. Sean McGee (Prod. B. Jones)
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For over a decade, Freeway has been Philadelphia's mouthpiece in chronicling the city's balance of blue-collar work ethics and vigilant street-corner credos within one of the world's most diverse and storied backdrops. The local favorite was mentored under the careful and critical eye of Beanie Sigel,ultimately winning the praise and endorsement of Jay-Z -- and a record deal with Roc-A-Fella Records. After standout features on Beanie Sigel’s “Think It’s A Game” and Jay-Z’s “1-900-HUSTLER” posse cut, Free was a critical role-player within State Property’s debut album, namely on Philadelphia classic “Roc Da Mic.” Freeway followed shortly after with the 2003 release of his now-classic debut album, Philadelphia Freeway, featuring involvement from Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Mariah Carey yielded the timeless outcry, “What We Do” with Free’s mentors Jay and Beans. After Free's label home, Roc-A-Fella, split up, Free released his second solo album, Free At Last, and followed that album with Stimulus Package, released via Rhymesayers Entertainment in 2010, an album produced entirely by Jake One, created from a relationship forged during the making of Free At Last. After three years of being a dedicated father, working within his community, and touring, Freeway prepares his fourth studio album, Diamond In The Ruff. Reunited with the sounds of Just Blaze, Bink!, as well as a heavy hand from Jake One, Diamond In The Ruff will be released November 27th via Babygrande Records.