Many rappers secretly wish they could be as uninhibited as Freddie Gibbs. Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Gibbs is an authentic product of violent, drug-laden streets, artfully and consistently telling tales of ghetto life since his rap emergence in 2004. With an impressive discography including five LPs and a string of EPs, an unmatched technical rapping proficiency and ability to transcend genre boundaries, Freddie Gibbs has truly established himself as a hip-hop great, making no apologies for the person he is and the things he has done.
Inspired by the harsh reality of the streets in which he called home, Gibbs harnessed his writing talents and quick wit and began to rap about the things he saw. Themes of drugs, prostitution, and gang-related violence saturate his verses, pairing his raw lyrical picture with remarkable flow, humour and positivity.
Other notable collaborations with A$AP Ferg, Young Thug, Kaytranada and Mike Dean have highlighted the multifaceted nature of Gibbs’ sound, positioning the rapper as a innovative Midwestern poet paving the way for contemporary hip-hop artists. ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ marked the much awaited return of Gibbs in 2015, after the critically acclaimed ‘Piñata’, a collaboration with Madlib, was released in March of 2014. After ‘Piñata’ earned high praise from critics, including Pitchfork’s 8/10 rating, ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’ picked up where Gibbs left off.