You never know what might happen at a festival. Legendary MCs might show up. Fights between artists and journalists might ensue. And one-armed rappers might get a shot to rock, when other rappers don’t show up due to plane trouble.
That’s just some of what happened at last weekend’s Roots Picnic in Philadelphia. Flexibility was key – with things like flash thunderstorms and sound systems that didn’t want to cooperate.
But if you’re Freeway, the dexterous rapper from Philly’s State Property clique, you just might know the art of capitalizing on a moment. Before the weekend, when last we heard from Freeway, he was busy storming the stage in the middle of Mayor Michael Nutter and Jay-Z’s “Made In America” photo opp.
That little ditty landed him everywhere, including on the pages of Rolling Stone recently, and he’s been on a roll ever since.
And the hometown crowd loved him for it.
But before that, he caught up with AllHipHop.com in the backstage artist village to fill us in on a few things. Namely:
1. Why his arm was in the huge and painful-looking cast
2. What The Legendary Roots Crew means to Philadelphia
3. What the heck was up with him barnstorming the event with Jay-Z
4. What’s next for him and State Property, especially Beanie Sigel and Peedi Crakk
Check out our interview with the always entertaining Philly Freezer:
Follow Freeway on Twitter and Instagram (@PhillyFreezer).