Top 5 Verses From 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers
This year's BET Hip Hop Awards were packed with flavor. Politically-charged and rhythmically-armed, 2016's award show featured performances from some of the culture's hottest including T.I., Gucci Mane, and Lil Uzi Vert.
Stream Freeway's New Album "Free Will"
Freeway's new album isn't dropping until tomorrow, but perhaps to avoid getting lost in a sea of Drake, the Philly native has released the full stream for his album a day early.
Stream Freeway’s New Mixtape “Fear Of A Free Planet”
After closing out 2015 with some scary health issues, Philly veteran, Freeway, is looking to kick off 2016 on a much brighter note. On Monday afternoon, the former Roc-A-Fella artist decided to share a new mixtape for the fans called Fear Of A Free Planet.
Brother Ali, Atmosphere To Headline Rhymesayers 20th Anniversary Concert
Rhymesayers is one of the most widely-respected independent labels in hip hop. The label announced that they are throwing a 20th anniversary concert on December 4th in Minneapolis, bringing together twenty years of music and artists for a one-night only performance. Almost all the artists signed to Rhymesayers will be performing, highlighted by Brother Ali, Atmopshere, and Aesop Rock (sadly no MF DOOM). Here are the acts in alphabetical order.
Freeway Diagnosed With Kidney Failure, Undergoing Emergency Dialysis
Freeway has been diagnosed with kidney failure and is currently undergoing dialysis treatment, according to a Revolt TV report.
Beanie Sigel Wants To Collaborate With Jay Z Again
There were plenty of talked about moments from Jay Z's Tidal performance last weekend, but the biggest news of all may have been his reunion with Roc-a-fella OG, Beanie Sigel. Anyone who grew up listening to Jay was excited to see the two together on stage again, but it seems Bigel was equally elated about the opportunity. “Life pulls you in different directions. The other day it was like nothing every changed. Everybody was laughing, happy, smilin', jokin'."
Jay Z Brings Out Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Jeezy & Jay Electronica During "B-Sides" Concert In NYC
New Yorkers (who happen to be TIDAL users) were treated to a historic performance last night (May 16). Not only did Hov perform rarities from his back catalog, the TIDAL boss also brought out many surprise guests, including the reunion of the early '00s Roc-A-Fella lineup.
Stream Freeway & The Jacka's "Highway Robbery"
Almost exactly 11 months ago (October 14, 2013), Freeway and The Jacka paired up to present a joint tape entitled Write My Wrongs. Now they return with an official full-length called Highway Robbery. The tracklist is below, and you can stream the project via Spotify below that.
Cassidy Says Jay Z Set Up His Infamous Battle With Freeway
Cassidy cut his teeth as a battle rapper, and the punchline-driven style has always had a heavy presence in his recorded material. In a new interview with VladTV, the Philly emcee criticized the current rappers for not being lyric-driven, and accredited the popularization of battle rap with fans seeking out bars.
Samples Of The Week: May 22
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Freeway & Girl Talk Reveal Artwork, Tracklist & Release Date For "Broken Ankles" EP
Producer and mash up artist Girl Talk announced last October that he would be teaming up with one of his "favorite rappers of all time", Freeway on a collaborative EP. Since then, we've heard next to nothing about the collaboration, but it seems we on't be waiting much longer. Freeway and Girl Talk have come through with the details of the project, which will be seeing release April 8th. They've also shared the full tracklist, which will consist of 6 songs, and will contain features from Waka Flocka Flame, Young Chris, and Jadakiss.
Freeway & Girl Talk Announce "Broken Ankles" EP
Freeway has been fairly quiet as of late. While he has been known to have prolific outbursts (as evidenced by 2009's underrated Month Of Madness series), we haven't heard a full project from Philly Freezer in a while. It seems the rapper does have a new effort in the works, which happens to be a collaboration with producer and mash-up artist Girl Talk. While it seems like an unconventional pairing, Girl Talk revealed in a recent interview that he had always wanted to get some work in with Freeway.
Freeway Talks "Roctober" Initiative, "Roc Reunion" Show, New Album & Brother Ali Collaboration
During a conversation with HipHopDX at the recent Coast 2 Coast Convention in Miami, Florida, Freeway discussed his new album, his collaborative project with Brother Ali and his upcoming "Roc Reunion" show.
Freeway Rick Ross Responds To Rick Ross Shooting
After word got out about rapper Rick Ross crashing his Rolls Royce into a building after being the target of a drive-by shooting very early yesterday morning, on his birthday no less, some have wondered if his larger-than-life Scarface rap personae is responsible for the attempted hit on his life. One person who seems to think the Miami rapper is playing the part of a gangster without realizing the very real consequences is Freeway Ricky Ross.
HNHH Exclusive: Freeway Speaks On Upcoming Projects & More
While Freeway is currently out on tour HotNewHipHop was able to catch up with him before his show at Underworld. We discussed the difference between a major label versus an independent label, he gave us some details on his upcoming projects (which include a mixtape, an album, and a joint album with Brother Ali), his favorite pair of sneakers, his favorite character from The Wire and more!