Philly rapper Freeway has a lot on his mind this year. So much, in fact, that he was able to put together a new mixtape—Freedom of Speech—less than a month before his fourth studio album, Diamond in the Ruff, drops.
With that much new material coming out, Fuse's Esteban Serrano decided it was time to catch up with the bearded MC in the latest episode of The Mixdown. Freeway obliged and gave us the lowdown on his just-released tracks. Here's what he had to say about three of the mixtape's highlights.
"I'm basically giving y'all a breakdown of how I used to grind on the hustler hotline. Now we're doing it dot com. We used to be on the streets, running around with the promo team giving our music to the people. But now we doing it on the Internet and we doggin' it. That was just pure spittage."
"Ice Cream" ft. Diamond
"I chose [Atlanta MC] Diamond for the track because I f--k with her, you know. She's real. Me and her was busting it up and she hit me up and I was like, 'Yo, I got the perfect record for you.' And she burned it down."
"Hold You Down"
"It's basically my love story. Everything I rap about is real, so it's a situation with a relationship I was in and I'm giving it to you raw."
Freeway revealed something else to us: He's damn funny. "When I was a kid, like 7, 8, 9, there were two things I wanted to do: Be a rapper or an airline pilot. Now that I'm a rapper, I fly just as much as an airline pilot. The only thing I'm missing is the lessons, but I don't think I'll be able to get 'em with this [Muslim] beard."
For the full interview, watch Freeway in The Mixdown above.