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Freeway Talks New Album, Battling Cassidy and New Project with Just Blaze

That’s what’s up. I’m glad you mentioned The Stimulus Package with Jake One—he’s on the album again.

When I first did Diamond in the Ruff, my list that I was going to turn in for the album had like eight Jake One records. I could play some shit for you with Jake One on it that could blow your fucking mind. On the “Jungle” record like I said, ‘Nigga, fall back, I’m on Stim Pack Part 8.’ That’s real rap. Me and Jake got so many records. It’s starting to look like Stimulus Package 2 is inevitable. When we did The Stimulus Package, I flew down there and probably recorded like 10 records. Then we got records left over from The Stimulus Package that are fucking bananas, too. He usually just send me a batch here and there. I go through them and pick whatever I like and I cook them joints up and sent it to him. And if he love it, we rock out with it. And if he don’t, I try again. I had plenty of Jake One records that he sold to T.I. and different people. Like, “You sold my beat!” [Laughs]

“Early” marks a long-awaited reunion between you and Just Blaze. Previously, you talked about doing a full-length LP with him. Is that still in the works?

We talked about it a couple of times, so hopefully we can get down to it and make it happen. Definitely something that I think will be great. We both said we should do it. It’s just going to take us to get together and make it happen. You know Just is busy, he’s doing a lot of stuff. I am busy too. I’m sure if I reach out to him, “Yo, send me a couple of records. I want to start getting started.” He’ll be like, “Alright, cool.” It [is] just hard for us to find the time to make it happen. We haven’t been in the studio. Even “Early,” he sent me the record. We cut a couple other records for the album that are crazy. This one joint that didn’t make it is fucking amazing. I’ll give you a little sneak peek. [Plays song from his phone] See? It’s going down.

You also wanted to do a full-length with Bink! too.

Yeah, man. That’s another. Me and Bink! got a lot of records that are crazy. Actually, the records that we used for this album was the start of us trying to work on a full-length album. Me and Bink! We are going to make it happen. I got a lot of work to do before I hang my hat up. We are gonna get it done.

You shared the stage with Jay at Made in America earlier this year. What’s your relationship with him these days?

Great. Jay’s the big homie. He always shows me love. If I reach out to him, I am right there. Relationship is great. Just seeing Jay in the space that he is in right now, he’s happy. He had his daughter. He has his own arena. And just for me to be part of it, period. For him to let me come to the concerts, come backstage. Even for him to reach out to me and let me perform in Made in America because it means so much to me.


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