Leslie Edward Pridgen (born on July 8, 1979), better known by his stage name Freeway, is an American rapper. Best known for his tenure on Roc-A-Fella Records and his affiliation with Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel, he is recognized by his high-pitched delivery (akin to that of Ghostface Killah) and for the long beard he keeps due to his Muslim faith.
His moniker is derived from the name of the infamous drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky Ross. He was a member of the rap group Ice City, is a member of the rap group State Property and recently signed to Cash Money Records but only lasted one and a half years with the label. The only record label Freeway's with now is Rhymesayers Entertainment and G-Unit Philly.
On February 25, 2003, Freeway released his debut album, “Philadelphia Freeway.” The album was produced primarily by Roc-A-Fella-affiliated beatsmiths Just Blaze, Bink!, and Kanye West and featured a large number of Roc-A-Fella rappers. The album reached gold sales of over 500,000 units. His second album “Free at Last,” was released on November 20, 2007. The album eventually sold over 100,000 copies.
“Philadelphia Freeway 2” was released under the independent label Real Talk Ent. on May 19, 2009.
In 2009 the rapper announced his release from Def Jam and that his next album would be entitled “The Stimulus Package,” produced by Jake One and released by Rhymesayers Entertainment.
“The Stimulus Package” was released on February 16, 2010. The album debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200, selling over 9,000 units in its first week.