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Format: CD
Sku: 213780438
UPC: 826257011725
UPC 14: 00826257011725
Release Date: 2/16/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Stimulus Intro ~ Freeway/Jake One
2. Throw Your Hands Up ~ Freeway/Jake One
3. One Foot In ~ Freeway/Jake One
4. She Makes Me Feel Alright ~ Freeway/Jake One
5. Never Gonna Change ~ Freeway/Jake One
6. One Thing - (featuring Raekwon) ~ Freeway/Jake One
7. Know What I Mean ~ Freeway/Jake One
8. Product, The ~ Freeway/Jake One
9. Microphone Killa - (featuring Young Chris) ~ Freeway/Jake One
10. Follow My Moves ~ Freeway/Jake One
11. Sho' Nuf - (featuring Bun B) ~ Freeway/Jake One
12. Freekin' The Beat - (featuring LaToiya Williams) ~ Freeway/Jake One
13. Money - (featuring Omilio Sparks/Mr. Porter/Omillio Sparks) ~ Freeway/Jake One
14. Free People ~ Freeway/Jake One
15. Stimulus Outro ~ Freeway/Jake One
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Composer: Freeway.
Muze PNote Recording information: G Koop's Crib; Goin Federal; MMP Studios; The Pharmacy.
Muze PNote It must mean something that a rapper whose debut sold over 500,000 copies on a major label needs to move to an independent label to release his third album. Yet such is the case for Philadelphia's Freeway, who signed to indie stalwart Rhymesayers (home of Brother Ali, Atmosphere, and P.O.S) for The Stimulus Package, a record that barely resembles the label's others albums, and features verses from Raekwon, Beanie Sigel, Bun B, and Birdman, and, in fact, whose only sign of the Minneapolis imprint is full production from Jake One, who also contributed a track to Freeway's 2007 Def Jam release Free at Last.
Muze PNote Rhymesayers is clearly going for the mainstream hip-hop crowd that's grown tired of the infrequency of quality releases coming from the majors, but isn't quite ready to embrace backpacker status. And The Stimulus Package, in fact, is the perfect album for this transition, a smart yet hard-edged record that stays with you. Much of this is due to Jake One, whose production credits range from G-Unit to Strange Fruit Project, and whose versatility allows Freeway room to focus on his rhymes without having to worry about the constraint of his flow. (The rapper is clearly aware of Jake's talents, as well: the album starts out with him telling Beanie Sigel to "let the beat breathe," and the producer plays a starring role in the narrative of "Freekin' the Beat.") But Freeway himself more than holds up his own end, contributing lines that are as good as anything he's done ("I got 99 problems but my rhyme is not a problem," he says in "One Foot In," a sly rip on his former label) -- his nasally, Ghostface-esque voice blending well with Jake's beats as he rhymes about everything from religion to hip-hop to sex to his own abilities to snitching to his fans. "Stimulus package" here doesn't refer to money, at least not -- despite the packaging -- more than superficially. Sure, Freeway doesn't shy away from talking about cash, but even when he does, he's talking about more than that. "Money," featuring Omillio Sparks and Mr. Porter, is less about getting rich than just paying the bills, and in "Follow My Moves," while Birdman offers a relatively weak verse listing brand names and expensive items, Freeway addresses the idea of wealth with more nuance: "This is Birdman, and Philly Free, we are eating, getting money off of words man/Come a long way from flipping birds man," less interested in the final result than by how he got there. The Stimulus Package is, in fact, at least as Freeway explains it in "Stimulus Outro," about "all the fans giving this love and now we giving it back." But it's also a much-needed jolt that hip-hop -- both mainstream and indie -- needs, about bringing the best of both sides together into something that everyone can unite behind. ~ Marisa Brown

Producer: Jake One

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Beanie Sigel
Muze Guest Artist Raekwon
Muze Guest Artist Young Chris
Muze Guest Artist BirdMan
Muze Guest Artist Bun B
Muze Guest Artist Latoiya Williams
Muze Guest Artist Omilio Sparks
Muze Guest Artist Mr. Porter
Muze Guest Artist Omillio Sparks

Artist Overview

One of the few who has worked with both superstar 50 Cent and underground hero MF Doom, Seattle-based producer Jake One spans the hip-hop spectrum. Born Jacob Dutton, he got his break while attending the University of Washington. After dropping off a tape of beats to his favorite record store, his productions landed in the hands of fellow producer Mr. Supreme. When Supreme began his Conception label, Jake was hired to produce Eclipse's "World Premier," a Pete Rock-influenced cut that would land on J-Rocc's 1998 mix Walkman Rotation. A steady stream of work followed, with 2003 being a monumental year. In 2008 he helmed his own debut album, White Van Music, released by the Rhymesayers label. ~ David Jeffries

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Reason (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Nellyville (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Charmbracelet
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 6 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations M.a.d.e. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Scarface-Music Inspired By (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tough Luv (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations College Dropout (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Kamikaze (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Mike Watts 1
Muze Music Compilations Duets: The Final Chapter (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Professional Part 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations White Van Music(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint (Collector's Edition)(Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations This Is East Coast Hip Hop
Muze Music Compilations Politics As Usual(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dream Deferred(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Game Over(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations WAKE'N DEY COOK GAME UP
Muze Music Compilations Rompe Discotekas(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gangsta Grillz 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Extended Play(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Muze Music Compilations MY 1ST CHEMISTRY SET(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations This Time(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations One Night Stand
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Us(Explicit Version)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/15/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : RSE 01172
Music Label Name Label : Rhymesayers Entertainment
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00826257011725

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.66)
- 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The excellent beats by G Unit vet Jake One are full of smacking snare hits and soul samples."

Spin (p.83)
- "On his Rhymesayers debut, Philly's bearded battle rhymer gets consistently meaty beats from producer Jake One..."

Billboard - "The MC delivers another scorching banger with 'Throw Your Hands Up' and wraps his flow around a powerful sample on 'Know What I Mean.'"

Pitchfork (Website)
- "Jake One's beat moves around constantly, injecting drum breakdowns every few measures, and Free takes it as a challenge, punctuating every breakdown by putting a syllable on every snare hit in a dizzying display of technical precision."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Freeway
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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