Man I can agree with everything below. I think too many people expect Freddie gibbs to do some boom bap shit and forget he’s a midwest cat rapping.
It has come to my attention that some rap nerds, whose opinions I generally respect and endorse, either don’t think Freddie Gibbs is all that good or just don’t get it. I believe that if you’ve given Gibbs a good and fair listen, you’ll understand why some of us have been championing his cause for the better part of almost 2 years now.
Why is Freddie Gibbs my favorite “non-legend” MC? He has a great rap voice (pause), varied deliveries/flows, great hooks, interesting/largely non-fictitious content (this used to be a big deal, not so much anymore) and a great ear for beats. The last point is crucial to this post.
To my surprise, someone observed that a lot of Gibbs’ production is unpalatable to a certain niche (I’m guessing East Coast purists?), but that statement only revealed that particular person’s unfamiliarity with Freddie’s vast discography. He truly has something for everyone. At least everyone that claims to like or have liked gangsta music at one point. And it’s definitely not the lyrics, cause he has that to spare.
So here’s a collection of tracks that have a very particular brand of production. Very New Yorkish if you will. If you can’t get with the movement after this, or at least acknowledge the man’s talent, then you need Jesus and are this close to being my ‘e-enemy’ (still, I get that everything isn’t for everyone).
Click the link in title for the mix and remember that Gibbs isn’t threatening you. At least I don’t think he is. Either way, soiling your knickers while listening to this would be a fail.