Highway Robbery (Freeway and The Jacka album)

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Highway Robbery
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2014
Recorded2006–2012
GenreHip Hop
Label
  • Team Early Ent.
  • The Artist Records
Freeway and The Jacka chronology
Write My Wrongs
(2012)
Highway Robbery
(2014)
The Jacka chronology
Never Be The Same: Season 2
(with Laroo)

(2013)
Highway Robbery
(2014)
Risk Game
(with M Dot 80)

(2014)
Freeway chronology
Broken Ankles
(with Girl Talk)

(2014)
Highway Robbery
(2014)
Fear of a Free Planet
(2016)
Write My Wrongs
Mixtape by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2013
Recorded2006–2012
GenreHip Hop
Label
  • Team Early Ent.
  • The Artist Records

Highway Robbery is a 2014 collaborative album by rappers Freeway of State Property and The Jacka of the Mob Figaz.[1] It was released on September 16, 2014. The album was preceded by a mixtape entitled Write My Wrongs, released on October 14, 2013, which served as a prequel to the album.[2]

Background[edit]

On September 10, 2013, the pair released a music video for the track "Combine The Coasts" from their upcoming mixtape Write My Wrongs. The release was in anticipation for their album Highway Robbery announced for a November release, to be preceded by their mixtape release in October. Guest appearances announced for the project included Freddie Gibbs, Paul Wall, Cormega, Trae Tha Truth, Ampichino and Mob Figaz members Husalah and Rydah J Klyde [3][4] On September 17, the cover and tracklist were revealed for Highway Robbery. The album was slated for a November 12 release.[1][5]

The pair had previously collaborated on the tracks "They Don't Know" on Tear Gas (2009), "Real Hood" on Gobots 2: D-Boy Era (2010), "Both Coasts" on The Indictment (2011), "All Kinds of Em" on StatikFree (2011), "Freedom Writers" on The Sentence (2012), and "So Many Animals" on The A.R. Street Album (2012). The first of which having been recorded when the two first met in "like 2002 or 2003" when the Jacka reached out to Freeway who was visiting the Bay Area at the time.[6][7] The Jacka revealed to Vibe, the bulk of their music had been recorded as far back as 2006 and 2008. "We’ve recorded so much material together that we had to do something with all these songs."[6]

Their mixtape Write My Wrongs was released on October 14.[8] The mixtape was intended to convey tracks that had not made it on to the album and sneak peaks into the upcoming release.[2] Their aforementioned collaborations also appeared on the mixtape, including remixed versions of "Real Hood" and "So Many Animals" on new production. The mixtape was mixed and hosted by DJ Child.[9]

Reception[edit]

Highway Robbery received positive reviews from music critics. Jayson Greene of Pitchfork, referring to the album, stated "the bulk of the music is low-key, liquid, and unmistakably bluesy. The guests that float through are on the same wavelength." Greene praised Freeway's return to form and his chemistry with the Jacka, stating "he sounds incredible; more importantly, he sounds palpably at home [...] and the Jacka is his most natural partner since Beanie Sigel." He rated the album 7.9 out of 10.[10]

Will Chase of BlackGrooves.org praised the production "driven by The Jacka’s ear for a diverse range of beats. Familiar Bay Area names like Jeffro, Young L and Traxmillion lay bluesy, lush arrangements incorporating everything from soft synth pads to Middle Eastern percussion to Daft Punk" supplemented by a diverse guest list which drew upon acts from all over the country.[11] Jeff Baird of PotHolesInMyBlog.com delivered a more mixed reception. "Freeway and Jacka have an innate ability to resonate with their listeners as they navigate that territory [documenting street life and struggle.] There’s a sense of authority gained when one has endured a similar struggle, and that powers much of the album" but criticized tracks such as "Shuckin & Jivin" and "Just Remain" as being "ill-advised, which drastically hamper the album’s built-up rhythm." He rated the album 3.5 out of 5.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Highway Robbery[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Write My Wrongs" (featuring Cormega)Jeffro 
2."Dunya"RobLo 
3."No Time" (featuring Joe Blow)Traxamillion 
4."On My Toes" (featuring Dubb 20, Fam Syrk)Jeffro 
5."Cherry Pie" (featuring Freddie Gibbs)Jeffro 
6."One" (featuring Husalah, Paul Wall)Young L 
7."Just Remain" (featuring Trae Tha Truth)Serg1 
8."Gun Language" (featuring Blahk Jesus, Rydah J. Klyde)Maki 
9."Dying To Try Me" (featuring Ampichino)Young L 
10."One More Time"Jeffro 
11."Get Your Shine" (featuring London)Jeffro 
12."Sunnah Boys" (featuring Killer Mike)Traxamillion 
13."We Holdin" 
14."Uh Huh"Jeffro 
15."Shuckin & Jivin" (featuring Husalah)Young L 

Write My Wrongs[edit]

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Day Of Judgement (Intro)"  
2."Write My Wrongs" (featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore)Jeffro 
3."Mega Man" (featuring Husalah)Bedrock 
4."They Don't Know Pt.1"RobLo 
5."Law 5 Interlude"  
6."They Don't Know Pt.2"RobLo 
7."The Truth Interlude"  
8."No Imagination"DJ Toure 
9."Born In The Struggle Interlude"  
10."Both Coasts" (featuring Erk Tha Jerk)Erk Tha Jerk 
11."Never Sleep Interlude" (featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore)  
12."Stay Asleep" (featuring Phil Da Agony)DJ Toure 
13."Law 15 Interlude"  
14."Submit"DJ Toure 
15."Combine The Coasts Pt.1"Adam Sampler 
16."War Weary Interlude"  
17."Combine The Coasts Pt.2"Adam Sampler 
18."All Kinds Of Em" (featuring Husalah)Statik Selektah 
19."PGM/A.R. All Day Interlude"  
20."Real Hood (Remix)"
  • DJ Child
  • Lee Majors
 
21."Cherry Pie" (featuring Freddie Gibbs, Jynx)Jeffro 
22."So Many Animals"Tynethys 
23."So Many Animals (Remix)" (featuring Fed-X)DJ Child 
24."Critical Thinker Interlude"  
25."Fallen Soldiers Interlude"  
26."Freedom Writers" (featuring Hollow Tip, T-Wayne)Pakslap 
27."Highway Robbery Outro"  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Freeway & The Jacka – Highway Robbery (Artwork & Tracklist)". NahRight.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Mixtape: Freeway & The Jacka "Write My Wrongs"". Complex. October 15, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Freeway + the Jacka Announce New Collaborative Album Release". Siccness.net. September 10, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Video: Freeway & The Jacka "Combine the Coasts"". Complex. September 11, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Killer Mike Guests On New Freeway And The Jacka Album". XXL. September 17, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Mikey Fresh (October 1, 2014). "Interview: Freeway And The Jacka Share A Common Bond On 'Highway Robbery'". Vibe. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Freeway & The Jacka Talk 'Highway Robbery' LP, Touring & More With HHS1987". YouTube. HipHopSince1987. September 16, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Write My Wrongs". HotNewHipHop. October 14, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Freeway x The Jacka X DJ Child "Write My Wrongs" Mixtape". ProjectGroundation.com. October 21, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  10. ^ Jayson Greene (September 25, 2014). "Reviews: Freeway/The Jacka - Highway Robbery". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Will Chase (December 1, 2014). "Reviews: Freeway & The Jacka – Highway Robbery". BlackGrooves.org. Indiana University: Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC). Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Jeff Baird (November 17, 2014). "Album Reviews: Freeway & The Jacka – Highway Robbery". PotHolesInMyBlog.com. Retrieved April 28, 2018.