Popular 2000s rapper Freeway underwent a successful kidney transplant yesterday at Johns Hopkins University hospital, MTO News has confirmed.
Freeway, real name Leslie Edward Pridgen, is best known as a member of the rap group State Property and its 2000s run at Roc-A-Fella Records alongside Jay-Z.
Freeway was diagnosed five years ago with chronic kidney disease. He's been on dialysis since, and has been waiting for a donor kidney - to get a transplant.
Yesterday that dream came true. A team of doctors at Johns Hopkins University hospital successfully transplanted a donor kidney into Freeway. And everything looks good so far.
A 2016 Baltimore Sun article on Freeway read:
Freeway, who was a key member of Jay Z’s Roc-a-Fella label in the early 2000s, will receive dialysis treatment at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital for his chronic kidney disease. He was diagnosed just over a year ago, and it has significantly changed how he has lived since.
“It’s a lot of things I have to stay away from. For instance, potatoes and potato chips — one of my favorite foods. I can’t indulge in them like I used to,” Freeway said on the phone Thursday from his house on the outskirts of Philadelphia.
Here are some pics and video showing him now:
Freeway’s debut album Philadelphia Freeway had two huge hits - “What We Do", Featuring Jay-Z and Beanie Sigel, for which a video was released showcasing most of the Roc's roster at the time, and "Flipside", featuring State Property member Peedi Crakk; both records were produced by Just Blaze. The album also sold over 500,000 units in the United States.
In 2009, Freeway was briefly signed to Cash Money Records, but returned to work again with Jay-Z at the mogul's entertainment organization and record label, Roc Nation, with his 2018 album Think Free