Although details about his death in February are still unknown, the hip-hop community continues to mourn the loss of Bay Area rap vet, The Jacka, especially frequent collaborator Freeway.
Freeway, who released a collaborative album called Highway Robbery with Jacka last year, recently sat down with MTV to talk about his late friend… while recalling the last time he saw him.
“I flew out there for his funeral and then I spent some time with his family and stuff,” he recalled. “Stayed out there for like a week. And, it was hard because I’m just — Every time I go out there, his energy that he brings to the table is just like… he’s energetic, man. He’s just a good person with a good heart. So, it was so good to always have him around. Just being out there without him was kinda hard, man.
“I got so many good memories,” he continued. “We did a lot together. We toured states together. A lot of West Coast runs. We did Africa together. We did Sweden together two times… Just recently, the last time I saw him we did a run in the UK… We went to five different cities in the UK. And we talked about being Muslim and being in the music business… That was the last time I got to spend some time with him and it was great.”
Freeway also recalled the first time he met The Jacka in Oakland while on tour with Jay Z.
“I think it was probably like ’02,” he said. “I was on tour with Jay. And I met them and they wanted me to — He paid me to do a verse. And I just felt his vibe. They Muslim. And they was doing what I was doing. I’m from Philly and the stuff that I was doing. The things that I was going through in the streets and just the way that I was living. They was doing the same thing, but they was just on the West Coast. And we just vibed together. Made great music together.”