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Previewing Cocaine Pinata: What to Expect

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On March 18, blood will be spilt. No, not real blood. Hypothetical blood. Of every sucker industry rapper in Gibb’s crosshairs. Cocaine Pinata is now a week away and rumors have it Madlib and Freddie have created a masterpiece. As the anticipation builds, here are some important things to look for in the duo’s first full length release. 

1. Soulful Synergy- Gibbs and Madlib combine to bring something never before done in the history of rap music. A gangster rapper consistently spitting smooth, intricate verses over sample rich instrumentals, creating something altogether incredible and unique. Look for Freddie and Madlib to build upon the chemistry created in previous collaborations, bringing their rap audience something never done so well before. 

2. Features- Gibbs is well known for having strong features from outside artists on his projects. Expect him to bring the best for this cohesive project, enlisting help from Danny Brown, Mac Miller, Flatbush Zombies, Scarface, Raekwon, and more to round out the album and improve the extent of its reach. 

3. Explosion- This is Freddie’s time. It has finally come for Gibbs to solidify himself as an underground king and THE only current face in gangster rap. Gibbs recently performed in front of a raucous sold out crowd in Chicago, all there in support of his ESGN movement.  Freddie’s fast paced, evolutionary lyricism on this project will take him to the next level in the realm of the public eye, earning him at least more of the respect he righteously deserves. 

Purchase Pinata on March 18. The LP will be available in CD, vinyl, and digital format. 

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MC of the Week: Cali Agents

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Planet Asia and Rasco are lyrical assassins, intently focused on intricate word plays and murdering underground beats with a purpose. The lesser known Cali Agents dropped a classic titled How the West Was One, staying true to the streets and bouncing off each other’s flows more efficiently than molecular atoms, demanding your respect.  Well, they caught our attention. Real Shit.  

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Diamond in the Rough: Examining the Versatility of Freddie Gibbs

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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. 

 

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MC of The Week: Black Moon

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Buckshot, 5 ft and DJ Evil Dee make up the legendary underground rap group Black Moon. Enta Da Stage is hip hop at its rawest form, entertaining lyrical street bars over boombap beats, consistent throughout and true to its sound. To many, the album is an underground classic. Songs like “Act Like You Want it, How Many MCs, and I Got Cha Opin” continue to get spins from underground hip hop heads to this day. Even rap icon Eminem paid ode to the group on his newest album MMLP2, remixing “I Got Cha Opin” and referencing nearly signing to Duck Down records. Salute to pioneers of this real rap shit. 

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MC of the Week: Wu Tang Clan

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There have been hip hop groups that have had tremendous impacts on the progression of rap music over time. There is one that The Realness cosigns above them all. This is a group that had a profound impact on our personal listening experiences. They are the soldiers from the slums of Shaolin, the Staten Island supergroup Wu Tang Clan.

Few rap groups embody street authenticity, lyricism, grimy delivery, and an untouchable hood persona like the Wu. Listening to 36 Chambers brings you back to the days where rap had substance and credibility was everything. From the raspy bars of Raekwon and Meth to the wild energy of ODB to the kung fu backdrops, the Wu Tang Clan brought something unique and unprecedented to hip hop that true fans of the genre will cherish forever.

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Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 dropped Tuesday to positive reviews and critical acclaim. The best track on the album happens to be one of the bonuses, an ode to Black Moon’s classic “I Got Cha Opin” cut. This is Eminem at his finest, weaving through intricate cadences while capturing an underground sound we haven’t heard from Slim in years. References to his Open Mic track off Infinite, almost signing to Duck Down Records, and Proof’s legacy make this a well rounded record worth a rotation. Shady’s back.