Check out the man "Freeze" from New York doin' his Hip Hop thing in the underground...
We tend to judge others based on their appearance and “social equity” on the internet. However, going back to the true essence of Hip Hop culture is what it’s about. The streets of New York is where Hip Hop was born and I feel that any artist from NY who has perpetuated that culture, has a special place amongst the underground rankings. Freeze, a Hip Hop artist from upstate NY, seeks to be heard and some day placed among the NY greats before him.
Freeze has been grindin’ as a Hip Hop artist since the mid 90s. At age 37, he brings a wealth of street knowledge and storytelling skills in his flow, delivery, and overall movement. “I grew up in a small town where everyone knows you and I always had trouble fitting in. Music is really where I found myself,” said Freeze. Initially following the Heavy Metal and Rock music of the 70s and 80s, Freeze grew to have a passion for Hip Hop music. The rapper stated, “I started to follow Hip Hop more closely as it got popular in the early 90s, and I was hooked from there. My own music draws heavily from my influences like Tupac, Method Man, Kool G Rap, etc.” Freeze’s latest mixtape, “Crazy Not Stupid” has heavy doses of 90s styled sound and content.
Treated as an outcast throughout his childhood and teen years, the rapper labeled himself as a villain. “I read a lot of comics as a kid and I really liked Mr. Freeze, the super villain from the Batman series. When I started rapping, my friends would call me Mr. Freeze because of how “cold” my bars were, and it’s stuck with me ever since,” said the rapper. In 2011, Freeze linked up with his cousin and his friend as one of the artists on Three Kings ENT, an independent music label based out of their hometown. Collectively, the Three Kings’ artists have opened for artists including Bone Thugs & Harmony and Hopsin. The group is set to open for Bone Thugs again at the end of February.
Freeze continues to hold down his grind in music, writing, and competing on platforms like Team Backpack and shows in his area. In 2015, he was a finalist in the Team Backpack (TBP) Mission Underground online auditions, and competed at the event in Los Angeles in the summer. I met Freeze only briefly between the auditions and other meetings, and I could really tell by his passion and drive that he was from Hip Hop’s Holy Mecca and that he had something to say that was worth listening to. Be sure to check out Freeze’s new online audition for TBP and more of his gigs lined up with Three Kings ENT.
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