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Jake One featuring Freeway & Brother Ali - "The Truth" 2008
After his second album Free At Last became somewhat lost-in-the-shuffle of a post-Jay-Z post-Roc-a-Fella Def Jam, Free parted from the label and planned a "Month of Madness" where he would release a new song every day for 30 days. Just prior to this, he appeared on frequent collaborator, producer Jake One's compilation album White Van Music for "The Truth," a duet with underground sensation Brother Ali. Given the strong reception for this track and the Jake One produced joints during the "Month of Madness," as well as the positive experience with "The Truth's" release, Free signed to Minneapolis independent label Rhymesayers Entertainment for his entirely Jake One produced album The Stimulus Package.
Freeway & Jake One featuring Raekwon - "One Thing" 2010
The change of scenery did wonders for Freeway, allowing the one-MC one-producer effort to be the most focused release of his career. Working with Rhymesayers not only allowed Freeway to be exposed to an entirely new audience, but gave him the freedom to make an album free of the pressures and compromise of the major-label system. Freeway and Jake's chemistry was off-the-charts, resulting in tracks like the Raekwon-assisted "One Thing." As a bonus, the album's packaging (a CD-sized wallet complete with dollar-bill linear notes and a credit card with codes for downloadable instrumentals) remains one of the most inventive physical releases of the past decade.
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