Freddie Gibbs was on MTV RapFix recently and I think was he said basically sums up the appeal of his music:
Rap lost its edge man. I don’t wanna be a part of what’s been goin’ on in the past five years,” Gibbs said in an interview. “I wanna be taboo. I want your parents to not want my music in your iPod. I want your mom to be scared of what I’m talking about because it’s so real. That’s how it was when I was getting my first Geto Boys tape, my mom ain’t want that in my tape deck. So I want your parents to be afraid of what I’m doing.
Exactly. While I won’t diss the current trend of new MC’s NOT necessarily going the gangster rap route, it is those gangster rap lyrics that draws me to Gibbs’ music (Hell, my mother took a few CD’s Ice Cube & DJ Quik CD’s from me back in the day). So of course I’m happy to see Gibbs spit these same lyrics over J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production. And while “187 Proof” surprisingly it’s not the trademark slow production you usually get from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, it still works.
Of course I can’t mention this song without talking a little about some of these lyrics that may or may not be aimed at a certain rap crew:
6 niggas put 600 holes in your 600 Benz
2Pac ain’t back cause he got setup and shot in the chest
Ask Pill who real bet him mention this
All that aside, hopefully now with this track we can get some more info on Gangsta Gibbs’ upcoming project Cold Day In Hell.
Sidenote: I remember Arkitekt saying that Freddie actually revealed the cover art to Cold Day In Hell at the Rock The Bell sconcert in San Bernardino; surprised that hasn’t popped up on the Internets yet).
Download: Freddie Gibbs – “187 Proof”