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Freddie Gibbs – Freddie (Album Review)

I had no clue Freddie Gibbs had an album on the way… Matter of fact, I had no clue he can look like the 2018 version of Jeffrey from Fresh Prince of Bel Air, either (Peep the album artwork). Both aspects shouldn’t have any bearing on what the album is going to sound like, right? 


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TOP 5

 

HONORABLE MENTION. FBC

This song is the closest thing to a club record on the album. Human beings like club records. (This is fantastic writing by me!)

 

 

5. AUTOMATIC

“Automatic” sounds so damn dirty! I felt like taking a shower after listening to it.

Powered by this grungy instrumental, Freddie talks so much boss s**t that you might f**k around and feel inspired. He also talks about the hustle that it took for him to get to where he is now, in the process calling out old heads and the people that relied on old heads to get to where they are now.

 

 

4. DEATH ROW

“Death Row” makes all the sense in the world: It features 03 Greedo, the same n***a that thought he was bigger than Tupac.

“Death Row” is an unapologetic/bass boomin’ banger that will have your ears flaring up. There is so much explosive energy attached to it from all parties involved, especially on the hook where Freddie tries to bully his way through this updated version of the iconic 6’4′ beat. But my favorite part of this song is Greedo’s verse, as he tries to rap with Eazy-E’s same cadence and flow throughout it. He isn’t Eazy-E, but if that liquor hits your system while you’re listening to it, he might convince you otherwise.

“6’4” is one of my favorite instrumentals of all time.

 

 

3. SET SET

“Set Set” is the most riveting track on this album.  I literally popped some popcorn and turned off my cell phone while I was listening to it.

Why do i think “Set Set” is so riveting? First off, it has this trunk rattling/dark instrumental that makes you think the Boogeyman is coming to get you from around the corner.  Secondly, Freddie raps with this focused style, bouncing between storytelling and telling it how it is presently. In the process, he uses all kinds of gun noises, demonstrative language and a very animated approach.

 

 

2. WEIGHT

Is there anyone that is more direct than Freddie? He didn’t even try to sugar coat that he was pushing weight on this song.

“Pushing Weight” starts the album off, and it is very explosive. It contains this action-packed instrumental and gritty ass hook. On his verses, Gibbs makes sure he gives us something that is both unorthodox and as real as it gets when it comes to content. Not only does he cover the fact that he’s in the streets pushing weight, but that he also enjoys f**king with the hoes and indulging in luxurious things.

 

 

1. 2 LEGIT

To all my 2000’s babies: Calling yourself ‘2 Legit’ was equivalent to calling yourself a real one in the 90’s.

Do you know the only thing that trumps a good rap verse? a track with good vibes; that is what you get in “2 Legit.” It’s a gem with a smooth instrumental that features that one sample of Mary J. Blige that everyone loves.

I didn’t really care for Freddie’s contributions on this track. Don’t’ get me wrong, his Juvenile-like flow on his verses is hella infectious, and his drug-talk on the hook is hella interesting, but I just felt like the song needed something that went in a different direction. What do I know, though…


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. WEIGHT (4.5/5)

2, AUTOMATIC (4/5)

3. DEATH ROW (4/5)

4. TRIPLE THREAT (4.3/5)

5. 2 LEGIT (4.5/5)

6. FLFM (INTERLUDE) (N/A)

7. SET SET (4.3/5)

8. TOE TAG (3.9/5)

9. FBC (4/5)

10. DIAMONDS 2 (3.9/5)


OVERALL RATING

(B)

 

No one on this planet will think “Freddie” is as entertaining as any album Drake put out in the past, and that is mainly because it’s in a different lane from the music Drake makes. The good thing about the album, though, is that it knows its lane, and never tries to venture out or even get close to crossing that dreaded mainstream line. In a world where keeping it real gets you points, you can tell Freddie’s focus was to keep it as real as it gets throughout this album.

No one on this planet will learn something valuable listening to this album, but I think it’s OK. Ironically, I just finished rating LeCrae and Zaytoven’s new album called “Let The Trap Say Amen,” and they had a song on there called “2 Sides to the Story.” The song was about the other side rappers don’t talk about when it comes to being a drug dealer — the side in which people went to jail and ended up living miserable lives. Well Freddie is talking about the luxurious side of being a drug dealer quite a bit on this album, discussing how its made him hood famous and rich. On the bars in which he gets to talk about his past occupation, he sounds exuberant and happy, gladly feeling willing to tell you his success stories; but when it gets to a point where he needs to talk about his tribulations, he sounds uninterested.

All in all, this is a solid 10 track album. It has a consistent sound, some pretty good bars and lots of street records hip hop heads can indulge in. Hopefully people appreciate it in the short window it has to attract listeners.

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