Girl Talk and Freeway
Freeway (right) with Girl Talk
Name Leslie Edward Pridgen
Birth date (1978-08-06) August 6, 1978 (age 40)
Origin North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genre(s) Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2000–present
Label(s) Roc-A-Fella Records (2000–2009)
Rhymesayers Entertainment (2009–present)
Cash Money Records (2009–unknown)
Website Twitter account

Leslie Edward Pridgen (born August 6, 1978), better known by his stage name Freeway, is an American rapper. Best known for his tenure on Roc-A-Fella Records, he has released four studio albums: Philadelphia Freeway (2003), Free at Last (2007), Philadelphia Freeway 2 (2009) and Diamond in the Ruff (2012). A member of rap group State Property,[1] He began his career by participating in freestyle rap battles in his high school, taking his stage name after drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky Ross and later meeting fellow Philadelphia native Beanie Sigel. Freeway and Sigel would later be signed to Roc-A-Fella Records; the former made his debut on Jay-Z's "1-900-Hustler" and released Philadelphia Freeway amd Free at Last on the label.[2]

Freeway collaborated with Girl Talk on the EP Broken Ankles, released on April 8, 2014.[3][4] He was Girl Talk's first choice for a collaborator, as he had been a fan of the rapper ever since hearing his appearance on "1-900-Hustler" and felt that "his energy is unreal, and he's able to keep up with any production."[5] The two communicated through phone calls and e-mails and recorded several songs in Philadelphia.[6] Prior to the EP, Girl Talk had sampled Freeway's songs "Flipside" and "Roc the Mic" for his own songs "Every Day" and "What It's All About", respectively.


  1. Freeway of Love. Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved on 2011-02-11.
  2. Kellman, Andy. Freeway. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on 2014-03-27.
  3. Gillis, Gregg (2013-10-06). My next release is a collaborative ep with FREEWAY #BROKENANKLES. Twitter. Retrieved on 2014-02-16.
  4. Minsker, Evan (2013-10-06). Girl Talk Teases Collaborative EP With Freeway. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2014-02-16.
  5. Minsker, Evan; Phillips, Amy (2013-10-08). Watch: Girl Talk and Freeway Debut 'Tolerated' Live. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved on 2014-02-16.
  6. Montgomery, James (2013-10-09). Girl Talk Forms 'The Pennsylvania Dream Team' With Freeway. MTV. Viacom Media Networks. Retrieved on 2014-02-16.

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