Freeway & Friends featuring Just Blaze

Freeway's Bday Bash

Freeway & Friends featuring Just Blaze

Scholito, Frankie Vado, Dave Watson, Ayo 215

August 5 · Saturday

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$17 Advance / $20 Day of Show/ $27 Reserved

This event is 21 and over

For over a decade, Freeway has been Philadelphia's mouthpiece in chronicling the city's balance of blue-collar work ethics and vigilant street-corner credos within one of the world's most diverse and storied backdrops. Freezer, born Leslie Pridgen, carries that same range of character and experience, a Muslim Man in America with a unique story to tell. With ties to and years lived in North and West Philadelphia, Freeway emerged in the late '90s, both as a street figure and as a battle-tested block rapper, part of both Ice City and the would-be stars of State Property.

The local favorite was mentored under the careful and critical eye of Beanie Sigel, who helped wave the S.P. ag in the mainstream. A distinct voice and energy within his group, Free would earn the highly-coveted endorsement of Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Jay-Z at a Las Vegas boxing match. An on the spot audition landed Freeway an integral role in one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful label rosters in music history.

After standout features on Beanie Sigel's "Think It's A Game" and Jay-Z's "1-900-HUSTLER" posse cut, Free was a critical role-player within State Property's debut album, namely on Philadelphia classic "Roc Da Mic." This fanfare and intrigue gave the raspy-voiced sensation the go-ahead on release 2003's Philadelphia Freeway, a literal gold standard in image-driven street rap, with a soulful message and sound. The album, featuring involvement from Kanye West, Just Blaze and Mariah Carey yielded the timeless outcry, "What We Do" with Free's mentors Jay and Beans.

Like his label-mates, Freeway's speed was derailed in the turmoil within his label. With a sophomore State Property project released, Free At Last, the emcee's second solo did not arrive until late 2007. With extensive involvement from friend 50 Cent, as well as Jay-Z, the album maintained Free's reputation for quality and consistency. One of the producers of street single "It's Over," Jake One, developed a powerful relationship with his emcee counterpart.

With Jay-Z having left his president's post at Def Jam, Freeway defined 2009 with his Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Always conscious of religious and social values in his lyrics, the block-embraced and streets-raised Free partnered with independent stalwart Rhymesayers Entertainment. There, he and Jake One released the cleverly-packaged Stimulus Package. At the height of the U.S. recession, the rapper associated with the Roc wealth shed his chains for personal revelations in showing his range, all backed by colorfully dusty Jake One tracks.

After three years of being a dedicated father, work within his community, and touring Freeway prepares his fourth studio album, Diamond In The Ru. Reunited with the sounds of Just Blaze, Bink!, as well as a heavy hand from Jake, the veteran still finds ways to freshen his message with morality, intelligence and a the pulse of the streets. Ten years removed from the wave of initial success, Freeway still carries that diamond and maintains the legacy of one of Hip Hop's most distinct voices.
Just Blaze
Just Blaze
Prolific in-house producer at Roc-A-Fella Records. Has provided many tracks for Jay-Z, Freeway, Memphis Bleek, and done guest production for artists including Mariah Carey, Erick Sermon and Joe budden.
Philly based Scholito, is said to be one of the East Coast's best lyricists today. He began his career in the Philadelphia music scene at the age of 17, as member of the Hip Hop group LNS (then part of Allen Iverson's ABK Music Group).
Now as a solo artist, he has electrified audiences in the United States and abroad. His known aliases (Lito, The Dream Catcher, God MC, Flow of The East, August Rush, Kentucky, among others) are inherently present in his music, and represent his different moods, life periods, and his thought processes during the course of his music.
His first solo mixtape, "Insanity Plea,” is an example of his creativity and versatility in music and production ability. The tape was critically acclaimed in many of Hip Hop's prominent publications including Foundation Magazine and
His single "Make The Walls Echo" is currently in rotation along with his DJ Webstar song "Dancing on Me" with DJ. Diamond Kuts on Clear Channel's Power 99 FM and on DJ No Phrillz's RS FM radio show in New York.
Scholar was also recently featured in 52 countries on WhoMag Television.His first video "Sin In Me" a creative, independent film style video was featured on,, and
Scholar just released his new highly anticipated mixtape, "Talk of the City" feat. some of Philly's hottest artists, and he's currently in production of his solo debut album. Look out for Scholar!
Frankie Vado
Frankie Vado
If you don’t know Frankie Vado, just listen to his lyrics. The words are ripped right out of his personal storybook. From the streets of Kensington in Philadelphia where he grew up to his professional life as a rapper working in North Philly, Frankie writes about what he knows.

He started rapping when he was in ninth grade in cyphers throughout the halls and cafeteria of his school, Kensington High. At first it was an outlet, a way for him to deal with the constant relocation and detachment experienced from living in foster homes.

He knew an education was important, so Frankie reluctantly put music on the backburner, while he earned two bachelor’s degrees from Penn State University. Frankie graduated from PSU in 2009 and his music career began. Since then he’s been working with his friend and producer “Phoe Notes” to develop their sound.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003