Artist: Freddie Gibbs
Album / Mixtape: Baby Face Killa
Check Out: “The Diet”
Why: Gangsta Gibbs showed off his versatility and his lyrical skill set on this dope project.
This mixtape is hard as fuck. Gangsta Gibbs killed it! It made me a huge Gibbs fan.
He was able to show off his versatility as a rapper as he rapped over different types of beats and show off his arsenal of flows.
The opening song “BFK” is an amazing song and great introduction to the mixtape. The M-80 produced song is the perfect slow tempo beat that Gibbs can show off multiple flows including that rapid-fire flow he absolutely kills.
The gangsta raps he kicks are not forced, they feel authentic as if Gibbs is rapper by day, gangsta by night. Like Gibbs flips flops between his rap life and his gangsta life, doing all these things/living that life he raps about.
Gibbs featured his CTE label mates, Jeezy and Slick Pulla and put on his soon-to-be ESGN crew on “My N—-.“ Gibbs took it a step forward and showed love to the rappers from Cali. A Cali native by the way of Gary, Indiana, Gibbs featured the services and skills of Dom Kennedy, YG, Jay Rock and Problem.
The Dom Kennedy-featured “Walk In Wit The M.O.” is dope! Behind a laid back Cookin’ Soul beat, Gibbs and Kennedy provide a perfect backdrop for a California day/evening. It’s one of my favorites off the mixtape.
On “Seventeen,” Gibbs along with Jeezy and Slick, reminisce about their lives at the age of seventeen. All three were leading a not-so-straight life, as each one was involved in the drug game or gang life. The pictures they painted are vivid and give perspectives on how others grew up. When I was 17, I was a senior in high school trying to holler at this one chick while being a “normal” teenager. My life was nowhere as crazy as theirs.