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Philadelphia Freeway [Explicit Lyrics]

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listen  1. Free (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Freeway 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. What We Do (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Beanie Sigel] [Explicit]Freeway 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. All My Life (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Nate Dogg] [Explicit]Freeway 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Flipside (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Peedi Crakk] [Explicit]Freeway 3:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. On My Own (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Nelly] [Explicit]Freeway 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. We Get Around (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Snoop Dogg] [Explicit]Freeway 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Don't Cross The Line (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Faith Evans] [Explicit]Freeway 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Life (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Beanie Sigel] [Explicit]Freeway 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Full Effect (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Young Gunz] [Explicit]Freeway 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Turn Out The Lights (Freewest) (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Freeway 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Victim Of The Ghetto (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Rell] [Explicit]Freeway 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. You Don't Know (In The Ghetto) (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Sparks] [Explicit]Freeway 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Alright (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Allen Anthony] [Explicit]Freeway 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Hear The Song (Album Version (Explicit)) [Explicit]Freeway 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. You Got MeJay-Z 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Line 'Em Up (Album Version (Explicit)) [feat. Young Chris] [Explicit]Freeway 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Roc-a-Fella
  • ASIN: B000088E7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Based on Freeway’s introduction to the rap world (a verse on "1-900-Hustler" from Jay-Z’s The Dynasty, where he provides a tutorial on how to deal drugs effectively), it’s a challenge not to think that he’s just another in a long line of "devout" MCs who debauch with the best of them. But few of the others rap with the same sense of urgency or have such a distinctively mesmerizing yet whiny vocal drone. On "Free," Freeway reminds us why we endured a full year of delays before this debut hit the streets, flipping schizophrenic flows over a pounding Just Blaze beat and an even catchier female vocal sample. You may love his off-kilter flow or you may hate it (think Ol’ Dirty Bastard), but you can't deny that Freeway has rhyme skills, especially on burners like "What We Do," his shady street-life redemption opus featuring thug adviser Beanie Sigel. His storytelling capabilities arguably rival that of his mentor Jay-Z on "Life," an open letter to a neighborhood homey who’s doing a lifetime bid. However, this Philly MC’s fixation on tales of dope peddling, prison, or street life may make it a bit too hustle-centric for some. --Dalton Higgins

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hip-hop/R&B All-Stars featuring Freeway March 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ever since peeps heard Freeway debuting on Jay-Z's "1-900-HUSTLER" from The Dynasty album, people were wondering, "Who is that???" Anticipation for his album to drop grew as the years went by: his album kept getting pushed back but he was on plenty songs including "8 Miles and Running" with Jay-Z from the 8 Mile soundtrack. But there was also some criticism that came with it (his high-pitched whiny growl can be grating on the ears). So how will his debut be? Let's find out...
Philadelphia Freeway may be a generic title for his album but it does illustrate that he reps his hometown to the fullest. So does fellow Roc-a-fella labelmate and Philadelphian Beanie Sigel, who shows up on two tracks. Beans raps pretty lazily on the otherwise decent "Life" but makes up for it on the hard-hitting track, "What We Do..." (also featuring Jay-Z). The latter track is easily the best song on here while Free holds his own against the two already established artists. The beat by Just Blaze ain't bad either.
But it's VERY hard for Freeway to hold his own any other time because there are so many darn guest stars on this album. Freeway is by himself on only two songs ("Free" and "Hear the Song", which are both highlights). Maybe this is a sign of the times or better yet, maybe Roc-a-fella knew that even the biggest Freeway fans would grow tired of his voice so they threw other people on this album. All parts of the map are covered as you'll find such guest stars as Nate Dogg on "All My Life" (an update of Biggie's "Going Back to Cali"), Snoop Dogg on the ill "We Get Around", and Nelly (whose chorus outshines Free's verses on "On My Own"). But Mariah Carey's, Jay-Z's, and Free's voices are all equally annoying on "You Got Me" while Just Blaze wastes a good beat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Roc's great hope! May 9, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Freeway is the emerging star of the Roc!
With a rasping, distinctive voice and skilfully crafted lyrics, backed up with typially excellent beats from the likes of Just Blaze and Kanye West, this is definitely the hottest album dropped by the Roc for as long as i can remember.
Despite the album beginning with complete bangers such as 'What we do' feat Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel, and Flipside feat Peedi Crakk(of State Property fame), the album is consistently brilliant throughout, and if anything, strenghthens song by song. Never mind the uncompromising, overly-agressive lyrics from the likes of Beanie Sigel and Memphis Bleek etc, Freeway relays his life growing up in the gutter with style and diplomacy, successfully merging his knowledge of the streets with his desire to leave his past behind and to make waves in the rap game. This is the hottest album ive heard since Dr Dre's Chronic 2001, a must-have for any true rap fan not just obssessed with cliche, thug life lyrics. Remember the name-Freeway
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 star solo debut June 24, 2005
By G$
Format:Audio CD
Since Freeway first appeared with his raspy yelling odd voice and rhyming scheme I've loved him, others hate it. One way or another this cd is very solid. Production is great, mostly handled by Just Blaze (10 songs of the 16 on here), Bink One & Kanye West each do 2, and Black Key & Ruggedness each do 1. It has 1 classic, 2 ok songs, 3-5 almost classics, and the rest are mostly great songs with a few being good. I would like to have seen his classics "Nightshift" (w/ Memphis Bleek) and "We Move Out" on here but it's still a great album. Guests are on half the songs rapping, and only 3 songs don't have a guest. Freeway spits his usual material, hustling and gangsta lyrics, with a few deeper songs and ghetto tales. A must have album for rap fans and fans of the ROC.

#1 - 9

#2 - 9.5 (f/ Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel)

#3 - 8.5 (f/ nate Dogg)

#4 - 8 (f/ Peedi Crakk)

#5 -7 (f/ Nelly)

#6 - 8 (F/ Snoop Dogg)

#7 - 9 (f/ Faith Evans)

#8 - 8.5 (f/ Beanie Sigel)

#9 - 10 (CLASSIC -- f/ Young Gunz)

#10 - 8

#11 - 9 (f/ Rell)

#12 - 9.5 (f/ Sparks)

#13 - 8

#14 - 8.5

#15 - 7 (f/ Mariah Carey & Jay-z)

#16 - 9.5 (f/ Young Chris of the Young Gunz)

Leslie Pridgen -- b. 1979 -- Philadelphia, PA

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5.0 out of 5 stars Freeway - "Philadelphia Freeway" October 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Prior to buying this album, I had mixed feelings about Free...I hated the track he did with Jigga on the 8 Mile Soundtrack, but I thought he shined above all the other artists on the State Property soundtrack. Regardless of how I felt earlier, after listening to this album I quickly came to the conclusion that, despite the fact he's recieved national recognition because he's on Roc-A-Fella, Freeway is one of the most underrated MC's in the game today. Everything from his storytelling abilities to the different flow patterns he creates in addition to the tight production from Kanye, Just Blaze and Bink! make this one of the best solo albums I've heard this year. The only complaint I have is that there were too many guest appearances on this album (Nelly and Snoop?!?!?!) and Freeway rarely got the chance to shine by himself, but he's definately made the most out of his oppotunities.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long way to go on the Freeway August 11, 2003
By Big Ice
Format:Audio CD
This is a strong album judging strictly from the beats. The producers (Just Blaze (most tracks) and Bink!) present us with some of the best beats the game has seen in almost forever. However, what completes the greatness of a beat is the MC spitting over it. This is where the album starts to lack luster. You see, Freeway has a very unorthodox flow where he tends to not even rhyme at certain times. It takes much listening to get used to his "injured seal" style voice. Honestly, it becomes too annoying to listen to repeatedly. However, there are strong tracks. The best being "Flipside" featuring Peedi Crakk, "On My Own" featuring Nelly, "Life" featuring Beanie Sigel and of course "What We Do" featuring Jay-Z and Beans. Picking up on a theme? Freeway likes collaborations. Bottom line is Free belongs strictly a guest on albums like "The Dynasty" (A must buy for any Rap fan). Verdict: Wait for Freeway to mature in the game, then maybe he can release an album worth your twenty dollars. Don't hold your breath though, Roc-A-Fella's roster is crammed with bad artists and the loss of Jay-Z (retiring) will most definatley send them into bankruptcy. Sorry Free, it's a hard knock life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Ghost
This was album that rocked and ruled Hip Hop back in the early 2000s. Freeway was Jay Z"s prodigy for awhile there.
Published 7 months ago by Jack Whiteurs
5.0 out of 5 stars Gp
This was a good album, his style is different from any of the other albums I have and the beats are good, good pick if you want to get a quality album.
Published 19 months ago by Gp
4.0 out of 5 stars His best work.
Don't have much to say about this. I like it but I would not recommend it to anyone. I would recommend a few songs off the album though.
Published 19 months ago by jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Keeping it short... Everybody kills every track and the collection of beats here is just out of control. I love this album. Read more
Published on September 30, 2009 by James V. Milano
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!
I remember listening to Freeway on a track with Beanie Sigel. He straight up ripped it to shreds. A few months later they played a track on the radio titled 'Alright'. Read more
Published on December 17, 2007 by M. Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Free The Hard Way
As Roc-a-fella was holding major cards or artist the debut from Freeway, Philadelphia Freeway, is another addition for bragging rights and keeping the torch lit. Read more
Published on October 9, 2007 by Carltouis Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Blaze laced em, Ye did too, Philadelphia Freeway classic, shuda...
this is a str8 classic, all the tracks can bump none to be skipped. the songs i feel are 10/10 are free, what we do, you dont know, victim of the ghetto, life, line em up, hear... Read more
Published on August 14, 2006 by Sammy Plummer
4.0 out of 5 stars Freeway has his own unique style
Freeway are a typical MC for the streets. He has credibility in order, and has managed to found his own, unique style. Read more
Published on April 28, 2006 by RapSuperstar
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Debut
This cd is not all that bad but it is also not that good. Freeway is kinda hard to listen to because he is not that great. Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by Large Marge
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars
This is a good effort by Freeway much respect on this one good job I used to play this cd all the time and said to myself this CD is better than Jay-Z's Blueprint 2 but besides... Read more
Published on November 27, 2005 by JiggaJ1979
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