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Freeway: Diamond In The Ruff

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    Arguably the most revered lyricist to ever come out of Philadelphia, Freeway, returns to his roots, once again using his powerful voice to drop gems on listeners with his highly-anticipated solo album, Diamond In The Ruff. Serving as his first official full-length album since teaming up with Jake One for the critically acclaimed 2010 project, The Stimulus Package, Diamond In The Ruff has been years in the making and is truly Freeway's most illustrious album yet.

    Best known for his distinct voice and true-to-life lyrics, continually uses his one-of-a-kind flow to narrate from an autobiographical perspective. David Amidon of PopMatters exclaims, "Freeway is one of the more unique vocalists in hip-hop the guy's delivery is breathtaking...beyond his words, Freeway's rhythm is what really tells the story and attracts attention."

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    1. Right Back
    featuring Marsha Ambrosius
    Producer: Jake One
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    2. Greatness
    featuring Vivian Green
    Producer: Incredible Stro
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    3. The Thirst
    Producer: Jake One
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    4. Wonder Tape
    featuring Suzanne Christine
    Producer: Mike Jerz
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    5. No Doubt
    Producer: Mike Jerz
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    6. Dream Big
    featuring Musiq Soulchild
    Producer: Bink!
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    7. Early
    Producer: Just Blaze
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    8. Ghetto Streets
    Producer: Needlz
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    9. Numbers
    featuring Neef Buck
    Producer: Sunny Dukes
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    10. True
    featuring Wale
    Producers: Jake One; DJ Khalil
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    11. Sweet Temptations
    featuring Nikki Jean
    Producer: Mike Jerz
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    12. All The Hoods
    featuring Miss Daja Thomas; Alonda Rich
    Producer: Bink!
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    13. Hottest Akhi
    Producer: Needlz
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    14. Jungle
    Producer: Incredible Stro
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    15. Money Is My Medicine
    Producer: Mike Jerz
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    16. Lil Mama
    Producer: Bink!
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    Total Comments: 21
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 2/10/2014 7:43:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az/ hell
    Comment: too many crossover songs, Free need to stay true to the streets!
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/9/2013 8:53:00 AM; Partial IP: 06.146.210)
    Location: Phila,PA
    Comment: Okay,but I do have a high expectation,and I'm a realist too,Freeway could do better,do a Marco Polo album,he sounds better on harder beats
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 12/12/2012 1:02:00 PM; Partial IP: 19.150.123)
    Location: zH
    Comment: 1st of all, I liked "Stimulus package" mainly because of Jake One's production. Nice beats from Just Blaze & Jake One as usual, but i'm not feeling the rest on the album.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 12/9/2012 1:27:00 AM; Partial IP: .2.144.213)
    Location: bk
    Comment: this shall is say this.... rather crappy
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/29/2012 10:37:00 PM; Partial IP: .0.225.214)
    Location: Philadelphia PA
    Comment: Of course its fire its freeway. Only thing I will say is I had to give the album 4 stars cus I felt the freedom of speech mixtape he used to lead onto this album had a few better tracks and actually felt more like a fully realized album. Not a fan of when that happens. but hes not the first and wont be the last. All that said still another solid soon to be classic album from free.
    Name: (Posted: 11/29/2012 9:30:00 AM; Partial IP:
    Location: nj
    Comment: @Ben... Mike Jerz stood out to me, thought the songs he did were FIRE... This is a great album! Props to Free!!!!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/27/2012 6:44:00 PM; Partial IP: .231.18.85)
    Location: Seattle, WA
    Comment: Cool album. but Mike Jerz and Sunny Dukes are terrible producers. they kind of ruined a few songs for me. but Wonder Tape and No Doubt were cool. other than that, solid album.
    Name: (Posted: 11/27/2012 2:13:00 PM; Partial IP: .112.135.3)
    Location: Delaware
    Comment: "Purist snob" eh? Sorry I have good taste in music and art and don't except less then the best from artists if I am going to spend my hard earned money on them. If you like all of his music good for you and I am glad you enjoy it but I was expressing my opinion that I do not like most of his music and that when he worked with the "golden boy producer" I felt he really expressed himself in a creative and entertaining way that I personally appreciated. Peace to all of you.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 11/27/2012 1:47:00 PM; Partial IP: 22.246.173)
    Location: Baltimore
    Comment: I like this album. If you were a fan of the album he did with Jake One, then this album shouldn't disappoint. Sure, Jake One was a reason quite a few heads even looked Free's way, but the end result is that you enjoyed it. So now dude releases a new album, and all of the sudden the content is different? Fix your ears. Dude didn't change his artistic integrity. In fact, I think it's awesome Free worked with Jake One, just like a few "mainstream," artist are working with independent artists. Think about that one for a second. The outcome isn't always as bad. If you can't rock with Free now, but got that album he did with Jake in your collection, something is wrong. If you did peep this album, and just dislike it, fine, but for all the purist, ease up a bit. That's the problem with the culture now. I can respect keeping it true, but the message gets lost easily if you remain close minded. Done preaching. Album is dope.
    Name: (Posted: 11/27/2012 12:35:00 AM; Partial IP: .0.225.214)
    Location: Philadelphia PA
    Comment: The streets is right purist snobs all over these boards. Freeways one of the most consistent mcs still spittin raw gutter ass bars. Just say you never got him and move on. Your whole "he was only good when jake one produced for him" doesnt make him a bad emcee it makes you a shitty listener. He never changed once in his career. u just liked when he was doin the same thing over beats by one of your golden boy producers. Whiney bitches the whole lot of ya.
    Name: (Posted: 11/24/2012 6:20:00 AM; Partial IP: 47.102.176)
    Location: NY
    Comment: You guys sound like a bunch of bitch ass underground hip-hop purists. Freeway sounds pretty good to me on these tracks.
    Name: (Posted: 11/22/2012 12:31:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: Turning Off the Freeway
    Comment: Agree 100% with Mr.Dayz. I heard a couple of the upcoming tracks off this album also. Just when I thought Freeway was starting to become something worthwhile and actually having some integrity to his music, It seems he reverting back to his old compromising self. He such a great MC, recently became one of my favorite rappers in fact and Its just a shame to hear this type of music. Jake One really did bring out his true artistry. I thought it was the start of a new Freeway and great projects to come. It seems he's back to that old bad music. No "Escalator" or "Beautiful Music" :(
    Name: (Posted: 11/16/2012 6:22:00 PM; Partial IP: .29.94.231)
    Location: DC
    Comment: Jungle is hot as hell. Looking forward to this.
    Name: (Posted: 11/16/2012 2:33:00 PM; Partial IP: .112.135.3)
    Location: Delaware
    Comment: The couple songs I've heard off of this were horrible. I will say however I haven't liked anything he has ever done except Stimulus Package, which I think is a classic and I still listen to regularly. Jake One seemed to be able to pull the true artist out of him or he was just on a winning streak when he wrote that LP. Anyways I really had hoped that his next LP would be of that caliber but so far it looks like the same ol' crap he usually does... Oh well... Freeway is just not for me I cannot stand his voice most of the time and he has Prodigitis where most of his lines don't even rhyme.
    Name: (Posted: 11/10/2012 5:16:00 PM; Partial IP:
    Location: New Jersey
    Comment: To the guy below, it never said anywhere that this was a "debut solo album". Anyway, I'd like to hear a few samples of this first, his last album Stimulus Package was off the hook, mostly due to great production though.
    Name: (Posted: 11/6/2012 6:37:00 PM; Partial IP: 03.137.209)
    Location: CHICAGO
    Comment: freeway raw. Be on the lookout for That spirit of truth release!!
    Name: (Posted: 11/1/2012 2:06:00 AM; Partial IP: 248.164.70)
    Location: Finland
    Comment: Escalators should have been on this, though it's an old song
    Name: (Posted: 10/27/2012 10:19:00 PM; Partial IP: .12.171.12)
    Location: chiraq
    Comment: im gonna download this and if its ill buy it. freeway is hit and miss sometimes
    Name: (Posted: 10/19/2012 8:10:00 PM; Partial IP: 76.194.118)
    Location: n
    Comment: DEBUT SOLO ALBUM?... wtf
    Name: (Posted: 10/16/2012 8:00:00 AM; Partial IP: 151.190.47)
    Location: ontario,Canada
    Comment: No way in hell.
    Name: (Posted: 10/8/2012 7:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 77.165.107)
    Location: Toronto
    Comment: this should be dope, he hooked up wth just blaze like his early shit
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