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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 high-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. This releases has been in the making for years and is truly Freeway s most illustrious album yet.

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  • Audio CD (November 27, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Babygrande Records
  • ASIN: B009GGWWHI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,323 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Perverted Alchemist on December 29, 2012
Format: Vinyl
When Philadelphia rapper Freeway made his debut on Jay-Z's album "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia", he delivered a scene stealing verse on the song "1-900-Hustler". From there, he appeared on Beanie Sigel's second single "Think It's A Game" from his sophomore effort "The Reason". For as much attention as he was getting, it took him a while to release an album. After much delay, he finally delivered his Roc-A-Fella Records debut "Philadelphia Freeway"- an album that was produced mostly by Just Blaze. He laid low for a few years until 2007, when he released the follow-up "Free At Last". While it was well-recieved, his sophomore set floundered. Most of it had to do with timing- as "Free At Last" was released shortly after Jay-Z was appointed president of Def Jam and severed his business ties with Damon Dash. In 2009, he linked up with producer Jake One for their collaboration album "The Stimulus Package" on the label Rhymesayers Entertainment. While he did release one album on Rhymesayers, not much else happened. He then went to Cash Money Records, but nothing ever materialized. Finally, in 2012 he settled on going to the indie label Babygrande Records- a label that was also home to artists like Jean Grae and producer Hi-Tek.

His first recording under Babygrande "Diamond In The Ruff" shows Freeway in a more positive mindset. While he's been far removed from Roc-A-Fella within the last five years, he reunites with some old allies on his former label. He teams up with Young Gunz member Neef Buck on "Numbers"- a song that clearly geared towards radio. For the first time in nearly a decade, he works with producer Just Blaze on the anthemic "Early". He also works with longtime producer Bink on the songs "Lil' Mama", "All The Hoods" and the inspirational Musiq Soulchild duet "Dream Big".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kyle on November 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
not a bad album baby grande is a mecca of dispersing good hiphop jmt stoupe outerspace i love freeway ever since the stimulas package thats my favorite still but dimond inn the ruff is good quality music buy it dont download if you real
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Richardson on December 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Just a little over a month after the release of his Freedom of Speech mixtape, Freeway is back with his fourth studio album. I wasn't too impressed with the mixtape so I was hoping I would feel differently about the album. Sadly I didn't.

The album starts with the Marsha Ambrosious assisted "Right Back" and from there I knew this wasn't going to end well. It's not that the the song is bad, but it does nothing to grab your attention and that's kind of how the entire album feels. One of Freeway's strongest traits is his diverse flow and the same can be said with this album. While the album itself feels a little bland Freeway still manages to make himself sound interesting. In reality that's really the only thing that kept me going while listening to this.

For the most part, or at least the first half of the album, the content on here isn't bad. However once you reach track nine, "Numbers", the album starts to get a little rocky, or at least more rocky than it has been so far. In the last half of the album there was only one song I really enjoyed (Sweet Temptations) and two others that were ok. The rest were just... bad.

Sadly the album's content isn't the only issue I had with Diamond In The Ruff. It's obvious that Freeway isn't on the top of his game lyrically and he makes that clear with lyrics like "Flow raw as vagina with penis entering" on "The Thirst" and "She just played karaoke on my pokey" on "Early". There were other instances on here, but those are the two that stood out the most to me. I mean look at them, they're terrible. It's like he's trying too hard to be clever.

The guests on this album are pretty underwhelming. When the album starts I got the impression that most of them would just be for hook support, but that's not really the case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaMost on December 15, 2012
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Freeway kept his focus and put together another good album. I hope it some kind of air play. Good Music!!
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Format: Audio CD
Diamond In The Ruff is definitely not that but it is definitely a solid release. This album is basically an album with a consistent sound but an inconsistent execution with a lack of stand out tracks, balanced by the lack of weak links. The production is a bit deviated where some tracks are stronger than others, featuring a few heavy hitting producers, delivering a mix of lightweight bangers and uninspiring beats. Freeway performs a nice performance where his flow and swag takes the forefront, accompanied by average lyrics, enjoyable hooks, and a few relevant tracks. Nice album but a bit of inconsistency takes it down a bit.
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By M. Pick on February 20, 2013
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Still chasing his first album and coming into his own... expanding who he works with, raw ass lyrics too. Beast are 3 outta 5'ish
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