Freeway, Beanie Sigel Talk Islam, Religious Practices



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It’s been no secret that rappers Freeway [click to read] and Beanie Sigel [click to read] practice the religion of Islam. As Muslims, the two have been part of a growing community in Hip Hop, which includes the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Brother Ali, and Q-Tip. However, despite their ties to Islamic faith, it is rare to hear Freeway or Sigel talk about it, albeit a reference or two in verses.

With that said, a transcript of a 2008 interview from a few years back written by Adisa Banjoko, a noted scholar and co-founder of the Hip Hop Chess Federation, has surfaced in Illume magazine. In it, both Freeway and Sigel speak adamantly about their faith.

Freeway, who converted when he was 14-years old, stated the growth of Islam has not been confined to the subculture of Hip Hop. “It’s not just confined to Hip Hop. Islam is one of the fastest growing religions right now.” Continuing, he explained the appeal that led him to becoming a Muslim. “If you read The Qur’an and the authentic hadiths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad) you can get the answers to any question. It’s beautiful. If you ask a Christian about their religion -The Father, Son, Holy Ghost thing- they can’t really give you no answers. In Islam the answers are right there. They come to you with proof. They are not just telling you something. They are backing it up with proof.”

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[video] Kanye- TWO WORDS

I remember being at Kanye’s first album listening session when this video was premiered. Mind you, this was before the car accident which spawned “Through The Wire” so this was the very first visual the media got of ‘Ye. Shout out to Coodie & Chike who shot this joint that never got the light of day. Epic Fail for DEF JAM.

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This is Deeper Than Rap: Freeway Ricky Ross to be Released from Prison on 5/4

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Just as superstar rapper Rick Ross is celebrating the release of his new album Deeper Than Rap, the real Rick Ross will be celebrating his release from prison next week.CRACK 0521 PT has confirmed that “Freeway” Ricky Ross, the drug king pin who was at the center of a CIA cocaine-dealing scandal, will officially be released from prison on Monday (May 4).

Ross oversaw an Los Angeles based multi-state drug operation in the early 1980’s, which earned upwards of $2 million dollars per day at its height.

In 1996, he was sentenced to life in prison, after he attempted to purchase over 100 kilos of cocaine from an undercover federal agent.

Ross’ sentence was later reduced through appeals and after a series of explosive articles by the late Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb.

Webb wrote a series titled “Dark Alliance” for the San Jose Mercury News, which exposed the C.I.A.’s role in importing cocaine into black communities to fund Contra rebels fighting in Nicaragua, as part of the Iran-Contra scandal. Continue reading

Technicality May Send ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross Back To Prison


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Former cocaine kingpin “Freeway” Rick Ross is in danger of being sent back to prison despite a judge ruling to release him.

Ross has been in prison for the last 14 years, serving an original 20 year sentence for attempting to purchase 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent in 1996.

Due to a successful appeal and model behavior, the courts ruled that Ross was eligible to be released this month to a halfway house, and begin the transition back into society.

However, Texarkana Federal prison officials have stated Ross’ paperwork has been “lost,” and the correctional facility will not honor the judge’s ruling.

Wendy Day, celebrated Hip-Hop advocate and founder of the Rap Coalition, explained that the prison’s actions are a concerted effort to keep Ross from moving on with his life.

“We need help and support in contacting everyone and anyone of power who works for the BOP (Bureau of Prisons) to get this situation resolved,” Day disclosed in a statement. “Rick should have been out over a year ago, and this newest so-called ‘glitch’ is the 5th time that the warden and the BOP have directly gone against the Judge. How can they get away with this? I don’t know – but they are.” Continue reading

[video] SK THROWBACK- WHAT WE DO- Freeway feat Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z

This is the first installment of SK THROWBACK‘s which will be a blog dedicated to revisiting those tunes that made an imprint on our consciousness when they dropped.  There are so many songs that are part of our musical archive, we thought it would make sense to dig in the virtual crates and pull some of these memories off of YouTube and put you onto GAME.

I choose to set it off with WHAT WE DO by Freeway because I had the honor of being the studio with YOUNG CHRIS last night and I bore witness to a creative process that I can only describe as pure genius.  When JAY-Z said he doesn’t write his rhymes on paper, but instead in his head, he transformed a whole generation of lyricists who ditched the pen and relied on the mind to scribe their rhyme.  YOUNG CHRIS is one of those talents and Freeway also comes across as one of those unique talents that you can honestly say carved his own lane with his own style and his rhyme pattern was always on automatic fire (was he coming off the top of the dome?)

Freeway Helps Kick-Off “Rebirth of Hip-Hop” Concert Series In New York

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Philadelphia rapper Freeway has been tagged to help kick-off “The Rebirth of Hip-Hop” concert series to bring awareness to humanitarian issues.freeway

Hosted by radio personality DJ Envy, the events will help heighten awareness of HIV/AIDS, homelessness and poverty, in association with Habitat for Humanity and Life Beat Aids Awareness Organization.

Aside from Envy and Freeway, the first concert will feature various independent artists including Sinsay, Triple C’s Torch, Lexx9Eleven, DJ Bedtyme, Sic Osyrus and many more throughout the night. Participants will also be eligible to compete for a variety of grand prizes.

“The Rebirth of Hip-Hop” concert begins Wednesday, January 28 at 9 p.m. in New York’s Don Hills Concert Hall 511.

In related news, Roc-A-Fella’s Free and Beanie Sigel recently hit the stage with Nike to provide fans a “Brotherly Love Concert” in Philadelphia last month.

Presented by Nike’s All Conditions Gear (ACG), the show’s aim was to promote unity amongst Philly rappers and also featured appearances by Jadakiss, E-Ness and more.

Beanie Sigel, Freeway & Gillie Da Kid Show Brotherly Love, Plan Free Concert In Philly


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Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Gillie Da Kid and more have linked with Nike to provide fans with an upcoming “Brotherly Love Concert” in Philadelphia next week.Presented by Nike’s All Conditions Gear (ACG) shoe brand, the Philly-bred emcees will unite to show local fans their commitment to working together despite prior rap beefs in the past.

“ACG’s are the official hood boots and I support what they do in the community,” Sigel said in a statement. “I had an idea to put everyone together in one building and on one stage to start a movement here in Philly and promote unity.”

The free event will also showcase Philly stars like Reed Dollas, Joey Jahad and E-Ness as Beans uses the concert to shed light on his hometown’s talent.

“I want to concentrate on the artist now, as I push my own label here in Philly,” he added. “I want State Property Records to be the vehicle to put them on, so they don’t have to go to New York.”

The “Brotherly Love Concert” is scheduled to take place Thursday, December 11 at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia’s Filmore venue.

[video] FREEWAY- “Change”

Finally, Freeway switches up the topic and switches up his flow and sounds like he’s at home when he’s talking about something of substance.  You know people can say what they wanna about an Obama presidency, but win or lose, I’ve personally witnessed it inspiring some of these rap/trap dudes to grow the f*ck up over night, and that within itself is a miracle.