Tag Archive: Freddie Gibbs

One of the more unique aspects of hip-hop is that, in its modern commercial format, there’s a gap between producers and rappers.  There are the outliers that make their own beats, build songs from the ground up with a band, or do something else during the creative process.  But, in many cases, beats are given to (or, more often, purchased by) rappers and it’s up to them to provide the words, flow and hook.

Despite all the unpredictable changes the music industry has endured, a record deal is still a coveted offer.  Obviously, money is a huge reason that artists still ink deals with major labels.

In fact, cash was the sole reason A$AP Rocky gave for his recent record deal Sony/RCA.  When asked what changed his mind as to signing with a major label his response was blunt: “About three million dollars.”  It’d be hard to blame anyone for that type of honesty, let alone a guy with a dollar sign in his rap name.

Halloween is a day for demons and devils, but today is a Cold Day In Hell.  That’s because LA-via-Gary, IN rapper Freddie Gibbs released his anticipated mixtape of the same name this morning.  As was the case with his other acclaimed mixtapes, notably Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik and The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, Gibbs released the tape for free via various links online.

Exactly one week from now, the country’s best hip-hop festival will begin in San Bernardino, CA.  The lineup includes Ms. Lauryn Hill (pictured above from a previous festival), Nas, Erykah Badu as headliners as well as many prominent hip-hop acts and several members of the Wu-Tang Clan.  There’s actually no performer on the list that wouldn’t be worth seeing at the festival.  However, here are some sets that you just shouldn’t miss if you’ll be in San Bernardino next Saturday.

Nas

  In today’s internet-feuled, mixtape-dominated hip hop world, it’s tough to stay relevant.  That’s why Lil Wayne is almost constantly in the recording booth and Wale promotes himself as taking “no days off.”  That sort of dedication is necessary in order to keep fans interested while they’re being pummeled with free mixtapes from both established and aspiring MCs every day.

 One of my favorite rappers from the mixtape circuit is Gary, Indiana’s Freddie Gibbs– the so-called savior of gangsta rap that recently signed to Young Jeezy’s CTE label.  Although he’s yet to release an official debut full length album, his buzz is big enough that it’ll probably sell fairly well when it does drop.

90s nostalgia is no new concept.  Any one that lived through the decade is likely to have spent at least a few moments reminiscing about boy bands, President Clinton, and the early days of the internet.  There was even that whole VH1 show about the decade.

But now more than ever, it seems as if the 90s style and attitude is swinging back to the forefront of popular culture.

A few days ago, I mentioned the XXL Freshmen list and its tendency to predict the success of up and coming rappers.  Last year, Freddie Gibbs was on that list.

While he’s yet to reach the superstar status that fellow classmate Wiz Khalifa has achieved, the rapper’s not doing too bad.  Gibbs’ most recent mixtapes were met with critical acclaim and he recently released a song with supergroup Pulled Over By The Cops, featuring talented peers Chuck Inglish and Chip Tha Ripper.