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Song by DJ Vice from the album I'm Serious
Recorded 2001
Released 2002
Format CD
Length 1:21
Samples Talib Kweli - Sharp Shooters (feat. Dead Prez)
Producer Eric Aguirre
Label West Coast Record Pool

I'm Serious track listing
  1. $130,000 Vice Intro For The Collectors
  2. Busta, P. Diddy & Pharrell - Pass The Courvoisier (Rmx)
  3. G.Dep, Ghostface & Craig Mack - Special Delivery (Rmx)
  4. Usher - U Don't Have To Call
  5. Mary J. feat. P. Diddy & Biggie - No More Drama (Rmx)
  6. Truthhurts feat. Rakim - Addictive (Rmx) **Exclusive**
  7. Peteypablo - I Told Yall
  8. Sixxjohn - The Unxxpected
  9. Ludacris & Shade Sheist - Welcome 2 LA ∫ ATL
  10. DJ Vice Revenge Break
  11. Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park - Freestyle **Exclusive**
  12. Beanie & Freeway - Roc The Mic
  13. R.Kelly & Jay-Z - Take You Home
  14. Jay-Z & Nas - Got Ur Self...
  15. Fat Joe feat. Ja Rule - What's Luv?
  16. Fabolous feat. Jagged Edge - Trade It All
  17. DJ Quik - Trouble
  18. Jay-Z & Memphis Bleek - Marcyville **Exclusive**
  19. P.Diddy, Missy & Mr. Cheeks - Lights, Camera, Action (Rmx)
  20. Ms. Jade - Feel The Girl
  21. Lexicon - Makin Music
  22. Ludacris - Saturday
  23. Tank - Im A Playa **Exclusive**
  24. Tweet feat. Fabolous - Oops (Oh My)
  25. Camron - Oh Boy!
  26. Shade Sheist - Not From
  27. P.Diddy feat. Usher - I Need A Girl

"Freestyle" is the eleventh track on the mixtape I'm Serious by DJ Vice. The track features vocals by Mike Shinoda.


"Freestyle" was recorded in 2001 and released sometime in 2002 as part of DJ Vice's mixtape I'm Serious, which was distributed during his shows in the Los Angeles area.

The song remained unknown to Linkin Park fans until mid-2004, when Crewdy, from the fansite Forfeit The Game, obtained the song in a trade. The track was edited by Eric (lperocker), removing DJ Vice's overdubs and rewinds which reduced the length of the track to 1 minute and 6 seconds, and Crewdy made it available for free download on his fansite in the first day of 2005.[1] For years, this version was believed to be a "real album version" of the song.

Near the end of the same year, DJ Vice uploaded a demo version of "Freestyle" to his MySpace page. The song was ripped by another fansite, ChesterSings, and made available for free download.[2]

The mixtape version of the song eventually found its way to Linkin Park fans but was mislabeled as a remix.[3]

The main instrumental of the song is a sample of "Sharp Shooters" by Talib Kweli.

In a rare move for Mike Shinoda, the lyrics of "Be Somebody" contain reused lines from Mike's collaboration with DJ Vice, "Freestyle" from 2001. On "Freestyle", Mike rapped, "I don't sleep to dream / I sleep to build stamina, energy to plan in advance / get your camera" while in "Be Somebody" he slightly alters them to "we don't sleep to dream / we sleep to build stamina, energy to do our thing / get your camera."


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Freestyle I'm Serious 1:21 2001 2002
  • Features vocals by Mike Shinoda.
  • Samples Talib Kweli's "Sharp Shooters (feat. Dead Prez)".
Freestyle (Demo) 1:22 2001 2005


  • DJ Vice
  • Mike Shinoda



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