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ALBUM: "FREEDOM PAPERS" BY FREDDIE OLD SOUL

Chime in with us as we bump soulful psychedelic tunes. Fredrianna Harris most commonly know in the streets of Chicago as Freddie Old Soul recently released Freedom Papers, tittled after documents that proved the free status of enslaved peoples and served as a legal affidavit during the 18th and 19th centuries. The EP is an ode to the Black community, to the Shea Butter sisters, Crystal wearers, the kings and queens, and the ones searching for their Freedom Papers in the mix of all this Chi-town living. Freddie is well known on the Southside of Chicago for her strong personality, for her conscious mind, soulful bars, and for having a “old soul.”   

Freddie brings “water to war” with her rhymes and woke words. She quotes iconic black women in the intro of her project like Zora Neale Hurston and Nina Simone. “No I do not weep at the world. I am too busy sharpening my Oyster Knife,” serves as an interesting exit line on her intro track.

Freddie tells a story of Black Chicago, the shea butter, the soul, the napz, the struggle, the packs, and being black. She alludes issues dealing with sexuality, and spirituality. Freedom Papers is a mixture of rap and spoken word illustrating her diverse talents. It’s Jazz filled with sprinkles of hip-hop and rap with some of the tracks alluding to the Blues. Track two, “Ben Wilson” tells an tale of how hot her bars are while also paying tribute to the legend of Ben Wilson, a young black man who fell to the depths of Chicago violence in the 90s’. She compares her lyrical talents Ben's Wilson's basketball skills. “With the pen I was Ben Wilson, dodged the bullet that killed him, probably the same on the goes through other black children.”

With a flow so impeccable, Freddie speaks truth. She’s poetic and every sense. Her essence is truly something rare, unique, and womanly, but with masculine grips. She’s vulnerable. Soft yet stern; She’s smooth and soulful. The EP also features Vic Spencer, 20 Gramz, and Tiara Deshane and producers Rikki Star and Dutchy and Netherfriends. Her cover art shows her in the center of a three seat couch sitting with power and elegance.

As you listen ask yourself a quick question, “Did you remember to bring your freedom papers?”

Take a listen to Freedom Papers below.

 

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CONTRIBUTING WRITER: LILLIAN HOLDEN
PHOTO CREDITS: REGINALD ELDRIDGE

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