What’s going on, go ahead and introduce yourself
What’s up everyone, I’m Freako, a rapper from Ace League.
How was your life like growing up?
I was raised in the Eastside, the Manor to be exact, around 95th and Jeffery. I had a cool upbringing. Growing up I played a lot of basketball and mostly just hung out with my friends.
Explain to us why you decided to name yourself Freako
I first used to call myself “Freaky Dray”. This name sounded more R&Bish, so I had to change my name. Hanging around my friends like Adot, Roo Money, and 2 Times, they decided I should just go by Freako. I chose Freako because I really take this music seriously and I see myself going very far with it.
What were the albums that helped influence you to create music?
Man, there were a lot. I’d have to say Kendrick Lamar’s “Section 80” and Chance The Rapper’s “Acid Rap” really had created an urge inside me to make music. One day my buddy Bunch put out a project, when he did that I really wanted to put out a very informative, concept driven project.
Why did you decide to get involved with making music?
I had been playing a lot of basketball and that was my main focus. One day I decided to just record a song for the heck of it. As I was stating earlier, when my friend Bunch was putting out his project, I was there for the whole process. I was witnessing the work ethic he had. I remember coming home one day and then telling myself I was going to get into making music. My goal was to create my own lane and be as personal and real in my music as possible.
Chicago has been having a great last couple of years in the hip-hop scene, how do you look to differentiate yourself from everyone else out?
I really don’t even sound like anyone in Chicago. I feel like due to my sound being very different, people are going to either enjoy it or not like it.
Currently, who are some of your favorite Chicago artists?
I’d say my favorites currently are Adot, Lucki, Silver, Roo Money, and Asa.
Earlier this year you debuted your first project “Below Average”. Explain the creative process behind this project.
Below Average was an emotional project I put out. I really put my heart out into that project. The first idea was to create a chopped and screwed project with Adot, but then we saw someone else doing it and decided to change the idea. Once I changed that idea, I figured what it was I was going to discuss. The concept ended up being all about my life. I had been going through a lot of self-doubt and insecurities, so this was a good way to let it all out and move on.
How was the feedback for your first project?
The feedback has been amazing so far. I hold myself to such a high standard in life to a point where sometimes I ‘m not even satisfied. I just want to thank anyone and everyone who listened, shared the project, retweeted it, did a write up of it, etc. Thank you, it really means a lot, I hope I can get the same feedback with my next project.
Today you’ll be debuting your brand new song “Fuk is you saying” Explain a bit about the song
This song is all about having fun and enjoying the music scene. That’s all I can really say about this track. Hope you guys like it though, here it is.
Can we expect any projects to end out the year? Or just singles?
All I can say is, expect the unexpected. I’m going to surprise a lot of people this year.
What’s one major goal you’re looking to accomplish by the end of the year?
By the end of this year i’m looking to move out of my house. At the end of next year I will be moving my mom and family into a better place as well. It’s all just a matter of time.