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Freddie Gibbs interview

  • His main musical influences being Scarface, Kool G Rap, Geto Boys, Mr Mike
  • Starting rapping because he was bored & got kicked out of the Army
  • Getting dropped from Interscope and industry politics
  • Says he will make fun records but strives to give the listener authenticity & social commentary
  • Jeezy letting him to continue to make the music he’s been making since day 1
  • Wanting to be the voice for Indiana & the Midwest

props to OutTheBoxTV

Young Jezzy X Freddie Gibbs “Stripes” (run d MC)

note- words by Mobb Deen, all i did was put the pieces together. Teamwork yo. Teamwork.

Great first effort from Jeezy and Gibbs, but it’s hard to enjoy this shit unreservedly when Rick Ross (someone that Jeezy seems not to like and essentially came into the game as a Jeezy clone) has essentially cornered the market on Lex Luger-ish beats (we see you biting Lil’ Lody – pause and stop that) and hooks that reference some iconic character. First, there was ‘Ballin’ with the original Lex Luger beat reconstructed by Lil’ Lody, now this. I’m a big Jeezy and Gibbs fan (some might say Gibbs stan – pause?), but this shit should be beneath them. Someone in that studio should have said something. I mean, what are weed-carriers for (other than carrying weed of course)? But whatever.

Freddie gets a pass, after all he can’t just turn down work offered by his new ‘boss’, but Jeezy should know better. Jeezy should stick to what he did on The Recession and Trap or Die 2. If he feels the need to experiment, maybe Gibbs can hand over The Blockbeataz’s contact info. The Blockbeataz take enough creative risks to make Jeezy do some interesting shit again. In any event, staying away from Lil’ Lody’s Lex Luger impressions should be top on his list.

(Damn, that was kinda salty. I’m still a fan, I swear).

Building The New CTE

A couple weeks back, Young Jeezy got the most attention he’d gotten in over a year with the signing of blog favorite Freddie Gibbs to his Corporate Thugz Ent. label. The move was seen as a shrewd one for Jeezy because not only is Gibbs a really great rapper with a bubbling underground fanbase and a nostalgic take on Gangster rap but he gives Jeezy something his label has never had. A rapper capable of carving out his own niche without being snugly tucked under the CEO’s wing. U.S.D.A.’s Cold Summer was a shoddily put together weedcarrier showcase that featured Jeezy’s version of Tony Yayo (And one of the worst rappers to ever grace a Def Jam release), Slick Pulla along with Florida rapper Bloodraw (a.k.a. What Jeezy Would Sound Like If  He Was 30lbs Heavier And From Florida…And A Lot Less Talented At Rapping) and Bloodraw’s debut “album”, My Life, The True Testimony seemed like an afterthought, released only to justify the existence of the label itself. Jeezy may be a hustler but outside of his own albums, his resume as a record executive is less then impressive.


It’s Official: Freddie Gibbs Cliques Up With Jeezy and CTE…

It’s Official: Freddie Gibbs + Jeezy et CTE…

From an image and marketing standpoint, aligning with CTE is certainly a great fit for Freddie Gibbs, since Jeezy (and maybe Rawse, if you can get past the fraud – yes, I’ll harp on that shit FOREVER) is essentially the only gangsta rapper with any real (but worryingly and rapidly fading?) mainstream presence at this point in time. Gangsta rapper + gangsta rap label = perfect. Si?


Freddie Gibbs – “Rock Bottom”

Freddie Gibbs’ Str8 Killa EP was one of my favorite releases from 2010. A tight listen from beginning to end, Str8 Killa is a glimpse into the psyche of  Gibbs – politically minded but never far from the block. About his people but at the same time, about his paper. Respect is at a premium in the streets and Gibbs let’s it be known that he’s out to get his by any means necessary. Considering the buzz Gibbs had built up till the point of it’s release, Str8 Killa kinda flew under the radar but Freddie is still continuing to mine the project with his latest video, “Rock Bottom” (sans Bun-B).

Shot in downtown Los Angeles, the seedy visuals (Directed by ICU) jibe with the track, a solemn tale of a man at his wits end, spinning in every direction, seeking direction (c) Dwight Grant.  Yeah, Gibbs pulls off some gangsta shit in the video (He’s Gangsta Gibbs, fuck you expect?) but I never feel like he glorifies the things he talks about. In fact, I say there’s a level of reality to his music that when compared to all the fictional coke kingpins and made men that run reckless in today’s rap game, is refreshing and engaging in a way these halfway thugs wish they could be.

Real rap is on display here. Feel this…