Freeway – Philadelphia Freeway is one of the deepest more heartfelt album from the Roc-A-Fella label that got overlooked despite having a couple of buzz singles. Many of these songs deal with the struggle and the search for something better in life. Roc-A-Fella Records was putting out quality music back in 2003. Freeway rapped his ass off on those blazing hot Just Blaze beats. Just Blaze production skill was hot and totally on point at the time. Some of the songs use soul beats. 00s hip hop/rap was good.
The uplifting motivational song Alright teaches us that sometimes we need to struggle to reach for something better in life. We need to keep our faith. You can feel the pure soul, inspiration, and motivation when you listen to the lyrics of this song. It’s a positive track for everyone. The radio stations would rather not play this song but other negative songs instead because this song might and will make your change the ways you live. The radio stations want to kill intelligence instead of uplift people. Radio stations would rather play that bubblegum pop as that is what sells.
Alright is a remix of Allen Anthony – Alright and was also Allen Anthony’s debut single. Allen Anthony’s vocals are kept during the hook. Roc-A-Fella Records made that music you could feel and relate to. Now this is music. Alright uses a huge touch of neo-soul and samples Ronnie Foster – Mystic Brew. The sample fits in perfectly with the neo-soul sound.
Freeway just came back from another ghetto to return to his ghetto. People recognize him by his gun. Freeway still rolls back and forth with a gang of thugs from the ghetto. All his homeboys are still hustlin’ and striving trying to make it out the game. Nothing has changed. Still they don’t see the light. Everyone in the hood is striving to make it out of the game trying to reach for something better in life.
Freeway confesses to us in these lyrics that instead of doing something religious such as praying that instead he is something sinful such as drinking alcohol. “Smoke reefer burn reefer/Chill in my spot instead of making salaat drink liters of gin/I’m drunk again I’m high again” Of course this is obvious as Muslims do not drink alcohol. Salaat refers to the daily Muslim prayers which consist of standing, bowing and prostrating.
He plans to write a letter to his niggas locked up in the pen. What’s ironic about that is that they were all on the block last year. It’s fucked up.
However everything else is gonna be alright. I know we can make it through this. Don’t let go. Let’s come together. We gotta reach for something better! Everything is gonna be alright.
Free is on his job to het his music played since he is a rapper. His plan is to let his music get played. So let the music play. He does not plan to hurt anyone tonight. But if anyone gets out of line, he will put them in check and back in their place. Free pops out with hits to get paid for his music and that’s alright. His record label is the shit.
He came from the hood and he plans on bringing the hood with him. He will take them to travel around the globe. Freeway has been blessed with the gift of rapping. Snatching your gold to platinum and gold plaques on the tuck. Same shit different line up work. All his homeboys are out there grinding. He’s thinking about getting wit Beanie Sigel to act out of line in his Bentley. Everything gone be alright. All night.
These lyrics are motivational. “We came a long way from a pack and tech/We got to reach for something better”
This world’s a crazy place filled with such misery. Wipe teardrops from your face. Everything’s gonna be alright for you and me. We got to reach for something better.
On My Own has Freeway holding down his own weight lyrically speaking. He raps without any guest artists.
It’s Freeway all by himself. In da place all on his own. In da club with the chrome. Now you see the chrome? Ya’ll haters better leave it alone before he blasts you. Freeway got things locked in ya neighborhood. Roc’s on ya block and Freeway is serving the medicine. Roc is in ya spot.
Ya’ll need to really watch ya’ll tone. It’s because he’s all on his own now. You can leave him out here alone now.
Freeway is ruthless like a shot from a cannon. He is in effect. Freeway move rhymes like dimes and stays on your mind all the time. His music is played in heavy rotation on your favorite radio station while earning his grip. That is his grind.
Just Blaze produced the Freeway’s famous song What We Do which is known for using the soulful sample of the 1974 song Creative Source – I Just Can’t See Myself Without You”. This song is known for the famous phrase “even though what we do is wrong”. Freeway explicates a fundamental paradox by exploring the right/wrong binary throughout the song as the lyrical content emphasizes on the necessity of moving drugs regardless of how wrong it is.
He still hustles ’til the sun come up. Cracks a 40 when the sun go down. It’s a cold winter, y’all niggas better bundle up. Don’t you know cops sole purpose is to lock us down and throw away the key? In Freeway’s eyes, he views law enforcement as the enemy who prevent from feeding his children. Regardless drug dealing is illegal and immoral. Yet on the other hand Freeway has a commitment to his family and friends. If you from the hood, I know you feel Freeway.
Freeway will be free until he faces the consequences for his crimes. That is what the phrase “I’ll be wilding til they pick me outta line-up” explicitly means.
I rate this album 4/5****!