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I m Serious CD.jpg
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

"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.

While the complete tracklist of the mixtape is currently unknown, the titles of the 10th, 11th and 12th tracks were confirmed by someone who owns a copy of the CD as being "DJ Vice", "Freestyle", and "Roc The Mic", respectively.[3]

The main instrumental of the song is a sample of "Sharp Shooters" by Talib Kweli. Some lines of "Freestyle" were reused on "Be Somebody".


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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