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FREEWAY TALKS ‘DIAMOND IN THE RUFF,’ WORKING WITH JUST BLAZE, MEETING NAS

He survived the crumble of Roc-A-Fella with a successful solo career intact, established his own brand name, and gained the respect of fans from around the world. There isn’t a thing you can tell Freeway about hard work. The Philadelphia native is on the verge of releasing his fourth solo album, Diamond In The Ruff , slated for a Nov. 27 release date. Thought most of his State Property brethren have fallen by the wayside, Free has kept his name hot through independent projects and mixtapes. Earlier this month, the bearded MC released a full length tape, Freedom of Speechin conjunction with clothing company Rocksmith and online retailer Karmaloop. With just a few weeks before the album impacts retailers, VIBE sat down with the lone ranger to discuss his new music, working with Just Blaze again, State Property, meeting Nas after he dissed him, and more.

VIBE: What was your mindset like going into this joint? I know you were working on several mixtape at the same damn time. 
Freeway: Yeah, I did so many. I’m always working, so I would do a record and put it to the side for the album, and that’s how I’ve been working. I got a chance to work with Just Blaze again. We got a record on the album called “Early.” I got three records from Jake One. You know we got crazy chemistry.

What other producers did you snatch up?
I did three records with Bink, who helped me create history during the Roc days. A couple tracks from Needlz, a couple new producers, my man Mike Jerz, one of my in house producers.

You’ve done countless mixtapes and have multiple albums under your belt but did you touch on anything you’ve never rapped about before?
I might have touched on some of the subjects but it’s from a different perspective. I got this record called “The Thirst,” produced by Jake One, and the hook is like ‘We dying of thirst/trying to work.’ I think a lot of people can relate to it because there’s so many that feel stranded right now. They feel stuck. Honestly, you could have a billion dollars and still feel trapped, so that’s where I was at when I did this record. CONTINUE READING…

Sneak Peek: Nas on ‘Behind the Music’ – Who Else Should Be On the Show?

MONDAY APR 16, 2012 – BY  — I have loved Nasir Jones since I first heard his voice blaring through my headphones on the Wake Up Show. Back then I’d sit in my room and listen as emcees from across the country waxed poetic about life. After that night, I made it a point to buy Nas’ debut album (on tape!) and proceeded to listen toIllmatic for a year straight when I was in high school. Arguably Queensbrige’s finest son and emcee, Nas has not only released amazing music since his turn on Man Source’s ‘Live At the BBQ,’ but has served as one of my biggest literary influences. Listening to Illmatic gave me the courage to write my own stories, and when I applied to graduate writing programs and the applications asked about my literary influences, despite my love of many writers, I wrote only of James Baldwin and Nas. So you can imagine how excited I was when I learned that VH1 would finally be profiling Queen’s premier emcee on Behind the Music, a show that takes fans inside the lives of their favorite artists. On the episode, Nas will apparently talk about his childhood growing up in one of the country’s roughest housing projects, his mother’s death from cancer, and his breakup with ex-wife Kelis.

Check out a Sneak Peek of Nas’ ‘Behind the Music’ episode. Who else should be featured on the show? 

http://www.vh1.com/video/misc/759055/behind-the-music-nas-sneak-peek.jhtml#id=1683115