Stimulus Package(Explicit Version) CD (2010)

Artist: Freeway

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Product Overview


Label Rhymesayers/ada
SKU 213780438
UPC 826257011725
UPC 14 00826257011725
Format CD
Release Date 2/16/2010
Author Freeway
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Associated Artist/Work Jakk Frost
Artist Contemporary Ana Tijoux
Artist Contemporary DJ Premier
Artist Contemporary Muggs
Artist Contemporary Prodigy (Mobb Deep)
Artist Contemporary RZA
Artist Contemporary The Alchemist
Artist Follower Macklemore
Technical Info
Producer Jake One
CatalogID RSE 01172
Lable Name Rhymesayers Entertainment
Released 02/15/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 39s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00826257011725
Musical Guests
Beanie Sigel
Young Chris
Bun B
Latoiya Williams
Omilio Sparks
Mr. Porter
Omillio Sparks
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: Freeway.
Recording information: G Koop's Crib; Goin Federal; MMP Studios; The Pharmacy.
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.
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
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
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."
Disc 1
1 Stimulus Intro
2 Throw Your Hands Up
3 One Foot In
4 She Makes Me Feel Alright
5 Never Gonna Change
6 One Thing - (featuring Raekwon)
7 Know What I Mean
8 Product, The
9 Microphone Killa - (featuring Young Chris)
10 Follow My Moves
11 Sho' Nuf - (featuring Bun B)
12 Freekin' The Beat - (featuring LaToiya Williams)
13 Money - (featuring Omilio Sparks/Mr. Porter/Omillio Sparks)
14 Free People
15 Stimulus Outro
Product Attributes
Artist Freeway
Music Format Compact Disc

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