“We’ve always maintained a good relationship with Jay and everybody over there,” Free says, stating that the B-Sides Concert in 2015 was the catalyst that brought them back together. “So then when I saw him again backstage at the Beyonce concert in Philly, I was like, ‘Man listen, Jay. I need this. I’m ready! I need this.’ He was like, ‘It’s nothing. Let’s get it done!’ And that’s it!”
Free also spoke on the moment when he and Beanie Sigel reunited with Jay at the concert.
“I mean it was definitely more, ‘This is beautiful.’ We’re always happy just to be there and be a part of it, you know? They reached out to me, just like they reached out to everybody else. We were just happy to be a part of it. It was definitely a good time. It was great to rap with everybody and just have everybody together.”
Free also talks about his unfortunate battle with kidney disease too.
“In September of 2015, I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. Since then, instead of me hiding what I was going through, we chose to stand in front of it, so I’ve been doing a lot of speaking engagements and going to different schools and community centers and just reaching out to the people and talking about the importance of taking care of yourself, the importance of health care.
“I have to do dialysis three times a week, four hours a day. I’m on a list waiting for a transplant. So until I get a transplant, that’s a part of my life. Health care is definitely very important.”
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