Honest. Unapologetic.

Whether kicking vivid depictions of the dilapidated state of hometown Gary, IN, or lyrically ripping through decidedly unglamorous street tales describing the effects a collapsed economy can have on a downtrodden population on either of his near classic mixtapes (The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs and Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmusik), or speaking to the plethora of websites and publications blowing up his handheld hoping to score an interview with the 2009 breakout artist — Freddie Gibbs remains honest and unapologetic.

In an era where the social perspective and contextual consequence engrained in Gangster Rap music’s original form has been commercialized into little more than bling and bricks and bravado, the former Interscope artist has garnered nationwide attention through his vulnerable, emotion provoking, unabashedly gangsta lyrics.

More common man than Kingpin, Freddie doesn’t “boast about ballin’.” He “raps about survival.”

And those honest, unapologetic survival raps not only secured Gangsta Gibbs a seat on XXL’s vaunted Freshmen 10 issue, but landed him within the pages of the esteemed New Yorker Magazine — all without inking a deal with a major record label.

In an interview with, Freddie Gibbs breaks down the environment in which he was raised, surviving an addiction to pain killers, the decision to reply to Jae Millz, and why “real n*****” don’t wear chains.


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