May 15th, 2012 | By Trendy Williams
I Love Hip Hop Blog - As this is my first official blog post for ILoveHipHopBlog.com, it is only fair that I pay homage to the Hip Hop community from my home town of Albany, Georgia. Yes! My small city is called Albany, Georgia and we have been seriously slept on in the Hip Hop world. There is so much more lyricism and true Hip Hop talent coming from the 229 than what we know from Field Mob. No disrespect, of course, I love me some Field Mob. But right here, right now I just want to put a spotlight on a group of artists that I think are Albany’s greatest contribution to the Hip Hop community thus far.
This 5-man(& woman) Hip Hop/Soul collective goes by the name of The Freedom Fighters and it features 3 rappers, a singer, and a producer. Notice how I didn’t call them a group, right? That’s because each of these artists are solo artists that came together for the greater good of the Hip Hop people. Something like a modern day Dungeon Family, The Freedom Fighters are a combination of lyricism, style, and wordplay not easily found in this Hip Hop generation. When I first took a listen to The Freedom Fighters, I was instantly taken back to the early Hip Hop era when KRS-One, Public Enemy(well not quite as extreme as Public Enemy), and Nas were giving us the real issues of the street in lyrical form. No more bling, booze, and bad bitches, Monte Carlo, Baby Juice, and Steve Cantrell extends their voices to speak for the people we see every day secretly facing real issues, while the soulful voice of Alil Silliw captures that pain and spirit that keeps you wanting to listen to her for hours…not to mention the insanely stupid beats of David Luke, the most recent winner of the Maybach Music Group Beat Battle at the SCMC Music Conference in Atlanta. The Freedom Fighters bring those shaded gray areas of life that no one wants to talk about to the forefront and damn near slaps you in the face with it. Just as the name implies, the Freedom Fighters are here for a reason. Their music has a purpose and is easily relatable to any and every one. Of course it’s not all so serious. The Freedom Fighters do know how to get a party jumping.
But don’t think I’m just blowing smoke right now. My biases will not lead you astray. But I get it, you need proof. S go right ahead and open your ears to Her Bridge of Tears from Steve Cantrell’s most recent mixtape release entitled Step Towards Darkness. If you like what you hear, you can download the entire mixtape here: http://tinyurl.com/7j6df82 and while you’re at it follow The Freedom Fighters on Twitter @FFCoalition where you can find links to their music and videos as well as their individual Twitter accounts.
Peace and love to all my fellow Hip Hop lovers!