Wilfred "Freddy Will" Kanu Jr. is a writer, philanthropist, and a hip hop recording artist, best known for publishing books with accompanying studio albums. As CEO of Freddy Will Industries, the U. S. citizen has launched his career in Toronto, Canada and relocated to Brussels, Belgium.
From Brookfields, Freetown, Sierra Leone, raised in Monrovia, Liberia. During the first Liberian civil war, he returned to attend high school in Sierra Leone. Through that civil war, Freddy Will moved to The Gambia and then Senegal. He later immigrated to New Jersey, USA, naturalized and after attending college, he relocated and naturalized in Canada.
Swift Nightz Ent. released "Views From The 7" on August 5th, 2017. It comprises of three new songs. This album is published in both physical and digital formats and streamed on Audiomack. It is a collection of popular Freddy Will songs for who cannot access all his records.
The NEW book, "Written in Gold' is Wilfred Kanu Jr.'s aka Freddy Will's first poetry book, penned in Shakespearean English. Freddy Will Publishing has said it will publish the eBook in December of 2018. These poems cover political correctness, police brutality, radical feminism, and religion.
Look out for the third installment of "The Sandmann's Journal" which will be available on all eBook platforms this fall!
"Wilfred 14 Hits" is the accompanying album for the book, "Written In Gold." They will be available on the same day.
"My Book of Chrymes" is a nonfiction chronicle of the abrasive experiences of independent recording artist and author, Freddy Will, whose real name is Wilfred Kanu, Jr. This book unearthed intense moments of his life that inspired gritty lyrics which he has intrinsically woven into his album, "While I'm Still Young... The Talking Drums 1.2v"
Ultimately cast into the streets of West Africa and the United States of America, Freddy Will talks about his hustle and how he got trained in phlebotomy. In Africa, he found solace in reggae playing ghetto slums where his involvement in music drew lifelong friendships that he nurtured from the most unexpected places.
This book was published on August 11, 2009, by Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing!
"While I'm Still Young... The Talking Drums 1. 2v" is a revamped version of Freddy Will's debut album accompanying his first book, "My Book of Chrymes" on August 11, 2009. The collection features several new songs that are not on the original debut.
SINGLES: Providence feat. Carvin Winans, Look at Me Now, City Boy (Remix), While I'm Still Young II and How Would I Know Feat. Jay NY.
Ghetto Breed Ent. and Double K Records released this album on August 11, 2009.
Through his foundation, Freddy Will has provided scholarships for students in Africa. He also raises awareness of Diabetes, Oncology and Geriatric care since he worked with them at Robertwood Johnson University Hospital and Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey.
Freddy Will has volunteered with many charity organizations. Some of them include "Give A Miracle A Chance," and "The Rotary Club."
Freddy Will is against all forms of bias or violence against women and promotes equal opportunities for girls and boys.
"The Dark Road From Romarong" is a true story of how a country, named Romarong traveled on a very dark path to become the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Early tribes migrated from Sudan and the Northern Sahara and assembled in the rainforest in and around Romarong to accommodate their families, build their settlements, grow their crops and trade.
This book unveils a glimpse into the sophistication of lost medieval African Empires rarely spoken of, like the Fouta Jallon. Freddy Will’s perspective outlines the culture, lifestyle, and traditions of the leading West African tribes.
Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing Published this book on October 10, 2010.
“Dark Horse from Romarong …A City of Kings.” is Freddy Will's second studio album officially released with the accompanying book, “The Dark Road from Romarong.” Freddy Will performed this album in the Krio language of Sierra Leone. The song, "Save Feat. Carvin Winans" is the only English track on the album.
SINGLES: Endurance, Angel, Athens of West Africa and Save Feat. Carvin Winans..
Ghetto Breed Ent. released this album on October 10, 2010
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In 2009 Freddy Will recorded the song. "Future" for Double K Records. This song was produced to promote the awareness of Type 2 Diabetes among children.
Double K Records submitted, "Future' to the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods to add to their children's album.
In 2010, the children's album, "Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat" received a Grammy nomination.
Following the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods release of the children's album "Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough To Eat," the Recording Academy nominated it for a Grammy Award. To memorialize Freddy Will's participation on this project, on October 22, 2011, him being the first Sierra Leonean artist with a Grammy nod, the Intergovernmental Postal Consultants acknowledged him with four "Limited Edition" Postage Stamps.
"City of Kings: Reloaded" is an extended play album starring Freddy Will as Freddy Will Tha Sandmann released on December 12th, 2012. This album was released in a triple CD package, containing "While I'm Still Young - the talking drums 1. 2v," "Dark Horse from Romarong...city of kings" and the COK RELOADED EP.
SINGLES: 2 Passports, Last Thang, Crash N' Ontario & Mandingo Love
Ghetto Breed Ent. released this album on November 12, 2012.
In 2014 he published his third book and released his third studio album under his second record label, Swift Nights Ent. What are the driving force behind its music, slang, fashion, art, cuisine and entrepreneurial spirit? Why are there biases against it? Why is it influential? Is there a generational gap? Do others impose on Hip Hop?
Negative stereotypes about people who live Hip Hop and play loud rap music prove a bias, far more than a myth. Those who turn to crime do so as a result of social and economic disenfranchisement due to racism, poverty, and discrimination.
Soul Asylum Poetry & Publishing Published this book on November 11, 2014.
Freddy Will's third studio album named after the motto of one of his high schools (Methodist Boys High School in Freetown, Sierra Leone) alma meta. The title, "Laboramus Exspectantes" is 18th century Latin which means, "Labor and Expects."
SINGLES: Inspire Ur Dream, Pickin' w/ Felisha Raquel, Epoch O' Chastity w/ Quincy Bullen.
Swift Nightz Ent. released this album on November 11, 2014.
Freddy Will joins the Rotary Club, records the song, "And Then They'll Grow" and donates it to the Rotary Food Initiative as another way to raise money for the effort to "end child hunger." He performs it live at "The Toronto Ribfest!"
Every year, in Ontario, Canada there is an annual festival known as "The Toronto Ribfest!" It is one of the exciting events in the summer that happens around Canada Day! These weekend-long parties feature live entertainment, outdoor fun, and mouth-watering food.
Proceeds from donations and the Toronto Ribfest's effort to "end child hunger" in many places around the world. As philanthropy and community service ranks high on a Rotarian's list of priorities, and as a member, Freddy Will pitches in with songs and live performances.
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"The Sandmann's Journal Vol. 1" talks about the challenges Freddy Will faced at the beginning of his music and literary careers in Toronto, Canada. It gives an insight into his musical influences. He talks about his favorite celebrities, emcees, cars and how his blog came to be.
As a Hip-Hop artist, Wilfred Kanu Jr. has a few aka, such as Freddy Will | his stage name |, Afrikanblac and Freddy Will Tha Sandmann. In this volume of the Sandmann’s Journal, you will find entries on some of Freddy Will’s preferred West African cuisines, an introduction to Sierra Leone and the process of creating his first two albums and books."
Freddy Will Publishing published this eBook on July 4, 2016.
"The Sandmann’s Journal Vol. 2" is a continuation of volume 1. Taken from Freddy Will's blog, dates at the beginning of each chapter indicate when they were published. Though factual, these entries are not intended to have journalistic value even though there are interviews with Eddie Bullen and his son, Quincy Bullen. At the time, Freddy Will had limited access to mainstream radio, television, and very little internet presence. These blogs served as the platform where he address the public and spoke on various topics relevant to the Kulture of Hip Hop.
Freddy Will Publishing published this eBook on January 15, 2017.
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