Here are some additional insights from Jake One about The Stimulus Package, the album he produced for Phili MC Freeway:
On Freeway's process: "It just surprised me how fast he worked. It was just kind of a trip seeing that. He came out [to Seattle] for, like, three or four days, and we actually recorded in the other room over there," Jake said, referring to a studio in the OK Hotel, in Pioneer Square. "And he did maybe, like, 10 songs in two and a half days. Out of those ideas, we ended up using three of them, which, you know, is pretty good."
On the song "Follow My Moves," featuring Birdman: "I remember Free calling me and saying, 'I just ran into Birdman at the mall, and he wants to get in the studio.' I was like, For what? What are we gonna do with that?" But it turned out well, Jake added. "It was shocking."
On bringing Freeway into the Rhymesayers fold: "Just knowing them--knowing [Brother] Ali, knowing [Atmosphere's] Slug, and people that run the label--they're not strictly fans of what they do. They're into all kinds of rap. They looked at it as an opportunity to grow what they do. And I thought it would be a perfect place for [Freeway]. I think just what he does is hip-hop. He's not really a radio artist."