Free Will

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Free Will


Free Will by Freeway

Release Date: Apr 29, 2016
Record label: iHipHop
Genre(s): Rap, East Coast Rap, Hardcore Rap

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Free Will - Fairly Good, Based on 4 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Coming out the same year that Lil Boosie turned his kidney cancer into a fountain of creativity, MC Freeway used hip-hop as a cathartic outlet after suffering kidney failure, and the results are the bright and solid album Free Will. That bright bit might be the results of recording Broken Ankles, the 2014 EP he cut with vibrant mash-up producer Girl Talk, but there's also plenty of the fierce street talk that sounds like his 2016 mixtape Fear of a Free Planet, which just happened to feature conversations with the real gangster Rick Ross. "We Thuggin" with Young Buck is the best example of the latter as it sounds like David Banner had a bad day, rented a jackhammer, and we're all going to pay, but "Highway" comes close, giving the prosecution all they need with "got the product in a rental" while "right while you're listening, there's someone pushing white keys through your district" is all the reason the song needs to exist.

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HipHopDX - 68
Based on rating 3.4/5

If Freeway was suffering from kidney failure you’d never know it from his output on wax. The diagnosis last fall has yet to slow the State Property Lieutenant General down. With his first solo studio release since 2012’s Diamond in the Ruff, Free aims to re-introduce himself with Free Will. From the opening track, there’s a noticeable and refreshing change in Freeway’s vocal expression.

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Exclaim - 60
Based on rating 6/10

Illadelph rapper Freeway's latest offering, Free Will, features more of what heads fond of MC's Roc-A-Fella days are accustomed to: thuggin' mixed with thuggin', with some extra thuggin' sprinkled in for good measure.Freezer's got a gritty, smashmouth, Philly accent-tinged style, and his new LP shows no signs of any attempt to reinvent it. Largely produced by duo S. Frank & Scholito, Free Will is dominated by Freeway's "Addiction" to the street life, the ripest fruits of which are "Highway" and "Kane & Abel," the latter produced by L.E.S.

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Their review was positive

At the end of the intro to Freeway‘s newest album Free Will, he tells listeners to “respect your fuckin’ elders. I been doing this shit. Legend.” To the uninitiated, this might seem like an overconfident boast. Sure, Freeway is a veteran who has been in the game for over 15 years, but calling himself a legend might seem a bit much for the trap rap fans.

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