News: Freeway Creates His Own "Stimulus Package," Announces New Album [Video]
Friday, Feb 27, 2009 12:20PM
Roc-A-Fella rapper Freeway has announced plans to release a new album The Stimulus Plan this summer proclaiming a return "to the real hip-hop."
The "Rocafella Billionaire" rap slinger made the announcement via a video blog.
"It's official, I got the album coming this summer," Free said in the clip. Freeway. Jake One. The Stimulus Package. It's gonna be crazy, y'all gonna love it. We calling it The Stimulus Package 'cause we stimulatin' hip-hop. We're bringing it back to the real hip-hop...It's gonna be crazy. One producer. One emcee. Y'all gonna love it, trust me man. We putting it together right now." (You Tube)
The Philadelphia-bred emcee is known for supporting the return of "real" hip-hop music.
Freeway has been tagged to help kick-off "The Rebirth of Hip-Hop" concert series to bring awareness to humanitarian issues. Hosted by radio personality DJ Envy, the events will help heighten awareness of HIV/AIDS, homelessness and poverty, in association with Habitat for Humanity and Life Beat Aids Awareness Organization. Participants will also be eligible to compete for a variety of grand prizes. The series kicks-off January 28. (SOHH)
The Stimulus Plan will follow-up the rapper's 2007 release, Free At Last.
An album with the four-member Ice City, Welcome to the Hood, had a low-profile 2004 release. Three years later, Roc-a-Fella finally issued Free's second album, Free at Last. While Just Blaze dominated the production work on Philadelphia Freeway, a cast including Cool & Dre, Don Cannon, Dame Grease, and J.R. Rotem shared the load this time out. (All Music)
His rise to fame came at the hands of being an artist Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella records.
Freeway has one of hip-hop's truly distinctive voices, a nasal, raspy wheeze that sounds like a perpetual gasp for air. Originally featured on "Roc the Mic" as part of Beanie Sigel's crew State Property, it quickly became clear that Freeway could stand on his own. He spins grimy yarns about the hustling life on his debut, which are all the more impressive compared to Roc-A-Fella's typically glossier output. (Rolling Stone)
An exact release date for The Stimulus Package has yet to be announced.
Check out Freeway's album announcement below: