Born In Portsmouth, Virginia on October 23rd 1988, Trevor Jamar Winston Smith also known to the world as Freedom was bound to do extraordinary things. Raised in Selma, North Carolina throughout his childhood, Freedom was very much into literary arts. Before his introduction into hip-hop, he used to do spoken word poetry from elementary school until high school . It wasn’t until 2006 that Freedom took interest in creating Hip-Hop music. Inspired By Lupe Fiasco’s “Food and Liquor” album, he decided to take a chance with music. That year he met with 2 other artists from Smithfield, North Carolina known as Lil’C and Grim Kidd. They worked together to form the group BDP also known as Bad Dawg Productions. It wasn’t until 2008 that Freedom went solo and created his first solo body of work “The Journal.” Not really looking to move forward with music, Freedom took a 2 year break from music to focus on other aspects of life. It wasn’t until 2010 that he made his return with an impact, releasing his second project “The Journal 2.” Not satisfied with the progress, he decided to make his own brand, so later that year he came up with the name “Team Infinite” and put together a crew of artists from Johnston County, North Carolina known as Myers, Conyers and Lala Specific. In 2013, Freedom was introduced to his manager and business partner Shayid Justice of “SunMoonStar Management” and they devised a plan to restore hip-hop to it’s true essence of skill over image with the LP “Operation Chokehold.” It has yet to be completed, but this will the body of work that defines Freedom as a person and artist. Freedom looks to bring a fresh taste to the hip-hop world mixed with some old school flavor. His music varies in style and reaches out different types of people in different types of situation. He looks to bring the “Art” in artistry back to the masses.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What City and State Are You From?
FREEDOM: I’m from a small town known as Selma in the State of North Carolina.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is Your Music Background?
FREEDOM: I started from spoken word poetry and learned how to compose hip-hop my eleventh grade year in high school. I needed a way to express myself without people looking at me weird like they did with my poetry. So I just transferred the spoken word to an instrumental and people liked it. As a result I became an emcee.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why Do You Want To Record and Release Your Own Music?
FREEDOM: I want to share my stories with the world and be able to help them from my music. Being able to cultivate a generation of people who all need a voice to speak for
them and represent them in this world. I also want to record and release my own music because I would love to see people all across the world represent my brand and my causes and to help change the lives of the people who are involved in the my Infinite Family Revolution.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What Are Your Songs About?
FREEDOM: My songs are usually about trying to make it from the slums because that’s where I am from, to making it to a better neighborhood, about being yourself and not caring what others think about you, about my skill level in artistry, about loyalty with my organization, friends, family, love, but my music is especially about being an underrated/underdog who has what it takes, but people don’t wanna see it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards.
FREEDOM: My music is for nerds, underdogs, stoners, gamers, skaters, and emcees. People who enjoy concept hip-hop, hipsters, backpacker, poets, misunderstood people, weirdos, freaks. People Just like myself
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who Are Your Musical Influences?
FREEDOM: The people in my past who did bad things to me, my mother, my siblings, God, Lupe Fiasco, Andre 3000, Big L, Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Pharrell, The Old Wiz Khalifa and Drake, The Infinite Family, J.Cole, K.Dot, Earl Sweatshirt
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How Would You Describe Your Music To People?
FREEDOM: Imagine a song so good, that you could close your eyes and see the visuals through the audio like it’s a movie playing in your head. My music is a mix of new school and old school. I am a “Jack of All Trades” when it comes to composing hip-hop meaning I can do it all from club music to some lyrical wordplay music. My music is good enough for you to go to a music store and actually buy a hardcopy instead of just downloading to show “Support” to your favorite artist. I don’t limit myself to one type of style.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What Makes You Stand Out From Other Artists?
FREEDOM: I think my goals make me stand out, I really could careless for the money and the fame, I just want people to hear my music, like my music, buy my music and share my music with other people they know. I want to go down as one of the greatest of all time IF NOT the best who ever did it. Cars, women, drugs and whatever artists glorify are not my focus points with my music at all. I actually make music like the pioneers did before my time. I’d rather make my own trends then follow someone else. I’d rather be a cultivator than imitator and be a part of music history.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What Are Some Upcoming Projects That You Are Currently Working On?
FREEDOM: I am working on completing my first official LP “Operation Chokehold” with Dj Big Problemz, I Have an EP I am working on with Dj Profluent, A Joint Mixtape/LP with my partner Lala Specific “Imperfect Perfection”, A Joint EP with my brother Hbizzle (produced by Koop Jetson) “U.N.C” (Under New Control)
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What Are Your Career Goals, Where Do You See Yourself In 10 Years?
FREEDOM: To be a successful CEO of my brand/company and have all the people who are involved in the process become wealthy and successful as well. 10 Years from now I see myself running things from behind the scenes and helping people reach the goals in life if it has to do with music. I want to give people with actual talent chances instead of trying to make a quick dollar off of someone who makes bad music.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How Can Fans Access Your Music and Contact You?
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