Years would follow and after getting his footing right and surpassing a few minor setbacks (jail and stuff) Free would eventually get that grand chance to leave his own mark in the game.
It was not long before the North Philly born MC would take the airwaves by storm with the now classic “Roc Da Mic” featuring his big homie Beanie Sigel.
2012 marks the anniversary of the release of “Roc Da Mic” which to this day still gets a reaction in the club. The record would then establish the duo as a force to reckon with, as well as the team that would give life to the rap scene in Philly.
The summer of 2002 was a good one for the whole Rocafella, but more so for Free who was about a year from the release of his classic debut “Philadelphia Freeway” which had the whole rap world bitting their nails.
After engaging in a legendary battle with fellow Philadelphian Cassidy infront if his boss Jay Z and Swizz Beatz, Free would embark on a non stop hit making spree.
Freeway was earning himself guests spots on most of the summers strongest records with the likes of Faith Evans, Mariah Carey, Jay Z, Beanie Sigel and many more.
The stars couldn’t have aligned themselves any better for the hungry MC who’s critically claimed debut failed to meet commercial expectations but still brought forth some of the best music ever released through the Rocafella Imprint.The album featured the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg (R.I.P), Nelly, Kanye West as well as production from Just Blaze, Kanye West and many more
The project debut at 3rd place and was released 2 weeks from 50 Cent’s debut “Get Rich Or Die Trying” which by comparison left Free unnoticed.
Fortunately for Free, he managed to score another Club classic “Flipside” with long time collaborator Peedi Craak produced by Just Blaze who was responsible for almost 60% of the albums production.
With Philly staring to make its hip-hop presence felt again through Meek Mill, it is interesting to draw the parallels between the two movements and see just how much Meek Mill and Freeway movements have in common.
Lets not forget the City of Brotherly love has contributed to hip-hop people like Will Smith, Cool C, Beanie Sigel, Cassidy, Meek, Young Chris, the list goes on and on. It is finally official Philly is a Hip-Hop strong Hold that will continue to produce some of the best hip-hop we shall ever come to hear.