The culture of rap music is one of diversity. Many rappers have different styles to offer to listeners, making the genre appealing to a vast audience. But what many MCs fail to do is be well rounded with their craft. Rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne, despite what their adoring fans believe, fail with attempts to step outside of their comfort zones (See Wiz’ new shit, Lil Wayne’s trash rock album). These rappers lack the versatility that makes some artists special and puts them above the rest.
Gangsta Gibbs is not one of these rappers. The unique talents that Freddie possess have been reflected through his catalogue for years and continue to attract new fans while still maintaining his loyal core followers. Here are aspects of Gibbs as a rapper that truly make him a diamond in the rough of today’s materialistic, generic bullshit we like to call rap.
1. Street Credibility- How refreshing. Finally a rapper that actually lives the life he raps about. Gibbs doesn’t have to pretend to be something he isn’t like Rick Ross, CO turned “Drug Lord” turned rapper. He is authentic, something fans find appealing.
2. Relatable- Gibbs isn’t all about having more money than his fans and flossing chains and cars. He has songs that people from all walks of life can relate to. (Rock Bottom) depicts struggles of trying to provide food for his family, an issue many Americans face on a daily basis. (One more time) recalls the painful struggles of losing friends, something every person must someday go through.
3. Technical Ability- Lyrically, Gibbs is incredible. This dude can switch up his flows and cadences at the drop of a dime, going from melodic verses to machine gun flow to straight gangster bars. His wordplay is truly unique and something missing from the game for some time.
4. Diversity of Beats- What other rapper could spit on a Madlib beat and a Young Chop beat in the same month? Gibbs caters his style and sound to different instrumentals, murdering trap beats and boombap beats with the same intensity. He even has full melodic verses on some smoother sounding beats (The Color Purple)
5. Feature Verses- Freddie always brings something special to collaborations. One of the first verses I ever heard from Gibbs was on Curren$y’s (Scottie Pippens), which was one of the best displays of lyricism I have heard in many years. Be prepared for Gibbs to be superior lyrically to the artist he is being featured with on pretty much everything he jumps on.
6. Visuals- Freddie’s music videos always are on point, often traveling back to Gary, Indiana to tell vivid stories of crime and betrayal. Expect LOTS of guns.
7. ESGN- Departing from CTE and Young Jeezy, Gibbs went on to form his own rap group and label. Quality street artists such as G-Wiz and Hit Screwface contributed to the ESGN album, helping make it THE best gangster rap album of the year. Gibbs is branding himself and helping put on his crew in the process.
8. Personality- Freddie says what the hell he wants. There is no sugarcoating anything. If he doesn’t like you, he will say it to you. His interviews are hilarious and his “Fuck The World” persona is refreshing in the new subliminal dissing, kiss ass rap game.
9. Consistency- Freddie stays dropping heat and has been for some time. From his classic mix tapes like Miseducation and Str8 Killa to Thuggin’ EP to BFK and ESGN, Gibbs continues to put out solid material that can stay in rotation for a long time.
A lot of rap fans have never heard or probably will never hear Freddie Gibbs rap. They will be too busy making their ear drums bleed with Tyga’s new single or purchasing MMG’s new weed plate. The simple truth is that Gibbs possesses what many of these popular artists lack, and that is versatility. The man is a lyrical monster and truly a diamond in the rough. Look out for Cocaine Piñata March 18th.