Artist On the Rise: Freddie Gibbs

Posted: June 16, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Artist On the Rise, Music
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Gary, Indiana, a place whose murder and crime have been ranked several times on top of “the most dangerous cities”. Welcome to the home of Fredrick Tipton, better know by Freddie Gibbs. Gibbs lived the hard life firsthand in a run-down community plagued of crime and ignored by the establishment. Gibbs played football at Ball State until eventually getting kicked out of college. And thus began the true life of Freddie Gibbs.

Gibbs returned to Gary, Indiana where he began working many different 9 to 5 jobs with no success. Because of this, he began hustling and selling crack cocaine. Gibbs was then inspired by artists such as UGK, 2Pac and The Geto Boys. He then started recording music and released mixtapes that were as complex as they were thuggish. Gibbs filled his lyrics with honest and compelling stories of his hometown’s demise, a steady decline to which he helped contribute while a drug dealer. This later led to him signing a deal with Interscope records in 2006 and Gibbs moved out to Los Angeles to record. After a year of no releases the management of Interscope changed hands and he was released from the label. It wasn’t until 2009 that Josh the Goon convinced Gibbs to give it one more try and move back to LA. Then in early 2009 Gibbs released The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs which garnered much acclaim. He also let loose midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik which contained hits such as “Boxframe Cadillac” and features from Pill and Devin the Dude. Later that year Gibbs released the monster 81 song The Labels Tryin’ to Kill Me which featured recordings from his Interscope days and unreleased music. It also features my favorite Freddie Gibbs song ever, titled “What It Be Like” where Gibbs goes on his rapid fire flow to show what Gary is like.

Freddie Gibbs came into 2010 with tons of momentum and that only increased when he was named of the 2010 XXL Freshmen with other artists such as J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean. Using all of this, Gibbs geared up for the release of Str8 Killa No Filla mixtape and Str8 Killa EP which featured songs from the mixtape and new, original songs. The mixtape was an instant hit and had standouts such as “The Ghetto”, “Serve or Get Served” and “Slangin’ Rocks” in which Freddie Gibbs Tries to hold a note. The EP was released a week later and was even better than the mixtape. With hits such as “National Anthem”, “The Coldest”, “Personal OG” and “Oil Money” it was a success. The EP also had features from Jay Rock, BJ The Chicago Kid, Bun B, Chuck Inglish and Chip Tha Ripper. Since then Gibbs has barley kept quiet. He has formed the supergroup, P.O.C. (Pulled Over By the Cops) with Chip Tha Ripper and The Cool Kids. Also Gibbs has signed to Young Jeezy’s CTE record label after being independent ever since leaving Interscope. With his ability to never hold his tongue and aggressive, thuggish lyrics Gibbs is sure to make it big some time soon.

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  1. Biqq Pete says:

    niqqa straight thuggin it. if i saw him on the street id piss my pants

  2. ec says:

    takin’ outcast’s album titles? smh

    but county bounce from that album goes quite hard

  3. […] teamed up with The Alchemist for a tape that features all beats from the chemist himself. With Freddie Gibbs and Mobb Deep member, Prodigy dropping bars alongside Curren$y, Covert Coup is still on rotation. […]

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