Freely Spoken Proves Why Everyone Should Be Taking a Chance On New Album "Low Life"
I will never forget the first time I saw Freely Spoken live. It was his first show opening up for a bunch of rock bands. From the first song you saw the absolute performer in him. He owned the stage like they’ve known each other for years. As every bar that passed, the next one came with overwhelming ferocity. It was the type of music that the old heads and kids could find middle ground on. There was something for everyone. I became an instant fan.
There are not many people in the Akron Music Scene that work as hard as Chance ( Freely Spoken). He books amazing shows with line ups that are as diverse as I’ve ever seen. He makes sure that there is something for everyone. Whether you’re a hip-hop fan, a metal fan, or a pop punk fan. You can always take away something from every show he puts on. One of the many reasons I respect him.
From “Shameless” to “Low Life” Freely Spoken’s evolution has been astounding. From the first single he ever put out you could see a man who has skills and love for the genre. With every passing release you see him honing his skills more and more. Whether it be Game of Thrones references or showing vulnerability with his real-life issues and problems. Freely Spoken never stops progressing and pushing forward.
All of that came into fruition with his upcoming album “Low Life”. An album that he had to make major scarifies for to make a reality. And it paid off tenfold. Just listening to the first track “My Own” Freely is spitting an anthem and telling the whole world that he’s got next. The mixing and production are top notch. Emotion is bleeding through my speakers and I’m instantly hooked.
As I’m going down the track list. The title track “Low Life” is bumping and I’m captivated. Freely is a wordsmith in every sense of the word. “Coat tails getting heavier” that bar stuck out to me. Because as my man keeps progressing and getting bigger, he’s going to need to remember the people who were there for him when he’s was on the ground floor. Great bar, and as I type this I’m humming the hook. Super catchy song that I hope can get some radio play.
For the next song “Hades”, the title caught my eye. From the opening line I knew this is a song that the kids will love. It’s starts with the singing/rapping combo that is hugely popular. But, don’t worry my man drops a hot few bars in an authentic Freely Spoken style. That’s what I’m alluding to when I say he appeals to the masses. It doesn’t matter what style of hip hop you listen too. It does matter what era you prefer. You will find something you adore about Freely Spoken.
Once again with the song “Let’s Go” the more current hip hop fans will LOVE this song. With tastefully placed auto tune, and catchy melody I defy you to not get this song caught in your head. Future club banger I’m calling it now. Part two of my personal favorite track “Low Life” starts with gang vocals reminiscent of your favorite post hardcore band. As Freely is rapping his heart out you can hear screaming in the background. It was so refreshing and a perfect example of the genre bending Freely does better than anyone.
Lastly, I’m going to cover the closing song “When I Die”. Straight up, I’m going to be honest... This track gave me chills. In the beginning you hear church bells, and when the hook kicks in I’m captivated. “I know what they’re going to say when I die, they’re going to say I was the baddest alive”. Everything about this song is perfect. There’s even a DDP (Diamond Dallas Page) reference. This track really puts me in the mind of “My Life” by The Game, and if you know me you know that’s a good thing.
As a friend and fan of Freely Spoken, I can honestly say that I’m so proud the blood, sweat, and tears he put into “Low Life.” You hear all the sacrifices and passion he put into it. I hope the evolution of Freely Spoken never stops, because in all honesty the sky is the limit. “Low Life” is out now, be sure to check it out HERE!