INTERVIEW WITH FREEWAY
We’re from Philly and we do what we do. Our music
comes out how it comes out. Down here it’s some-
thing in the water called the Schuylkill Punch.
We got the Schuylkill River down here and there’s
something in that water that just breeds hot MC’s.
BY HEART BEAT WOLF
I WAS surprised to see that your new
record is coming out on Rhymesayers
Entertainment. How did that come about?
Jake One, he put out a project on Rhymesay-
ers, and he did some work with me on my last
project on Roc-a-Fella, “Free At Last”. I also
did some work with him on his last project,
“White Van Music”. After we finished work-
ing he still was sending me beats and we
still was making heat. We came up with the
concept of doing an album together. He pro-
duced everything for “Stimulus Package”.
In older records you used to have the same
producer on the whole album and you get a
nice consistent sound throughout the album.
Exactly. And that’s how it came together.
I think it’s a masterpiece. That’s the goal
that we was trying to reach and I think we
obtained that. On a lot of records you have
many different producers on there, that’s cool
too. I’m not against that if that main artist
has a good ear for music and they know
how to pick beats. It can be cool if there’s
one producer or if there’s a bunch of differ-
ent producers. It’s all about the person who’s
picking the beats and putting it together. They
need to have a good ear for production.
If an artist like James Brown or Marvin
Gaye had many different backup bands
doing their music it would be so different.
It wouldn’t give you that certain James
Brown or Marvin Gaye feel. It would be
like listening to different artists. Sometimes
rappers have so many different producers
and features on an album that you don’t get
a distinct sound, it’s more like a compilation.
Yeah. But then things change with time.
Sometimes things go back to how they
was. You never know what’s coming next.
What is it that you like so much about
working with Jake One?
I just like Jake One’s production a lot. It’s a
good feeling that I get from his music. The
beats that he makes challenges my flow and
makes me want to come up with different
flow patterns and new sounds. I like what
he’s doing, I’m feeling it. He kept sending me
beats and something just stood out about
his beats. When we started recording to
them, we came up with the idea of doing an
album together. And it came out beautiful.
As a rapper you have a real guttural, hard,
grimy sound, which I like. Do you tend
to gravitate toward harder bass sounds
and drums sounds in your beats? What
do you look for when you pick tracks?
My sound is like soulful. It’s gotta have a real
PHOTO BY JOHN RICARD
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