Singled Out: "I Recorded It In Philly But I Don't Write - We Ain't Have No Permits Or Nothing"
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 12:10AM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Mike Will Made It broke down Juicy J's "Bands A Make Her Dance" remix anthem, Freeway gives the scoop on his new "We Up" music video.]
I remember getting the beat and thinking, "I've got to do a joint with these eery beats." I had never really touched any beats like that.
So I got the beat and immediately started vibing to it. The whole thing behind "We Up" is the fact we up. It's early in the morning and we're up, making moves happen. I showed that topic and the joint came out crazy.
I know I recorded it in Philly but I don't write. I just go to the studio and I'm good. I was just in the studio listening to the beat and laid it down.
We're getting ready to drop a mixtape called Freedom of Speech and this is one of the songs off the project.
I remember tackling the video, getting up early in the morning and going throughout the city. We picked some good locations that were familiar to me and we just made it happen.
I think we shot the music video about a month ago. It was a Friday about a month ago. We got it done early in the day. It came out good. We ain't have no permits or nothing. We just drove and did some shots here and there, then we'd drive around and do some shots there.
We were basically going throughout Philly to some of the spots I used to hang out at and we were trying to capture everything that I was talking about in the video.
Freeway was part of the State Property collective. 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. Upon severing ties with Roc-a-Fella, he issued the no-frills 2009 album Philadelphia Freeway 2 (Real Talk), as well as 2010's The Stimulus Package (Rhymesayers), a collaboration with Jake One.
Check out Freeway's "We Up" music video below: