Gary native Freddie Gibbs has been perhaps the most talented and the most visible Indiana rapper for a while now. Gibbs has released numerous mixtapes and appeared on tracks with everyone from Young Jeezy to Domo Genesis, but he hasn’t had a project yet that has seen him fully realize his potential. His new video for “Shame” from the EP of the same name with the ‘Beat Konducta’ Madlib finds Gibbs acting out his player/drug dealer verses and trying to give the listeners a visual that truly represents his perspective, just like his video for “Thuggin” (a prequel to “Shame”). Gibb’s brand of unapologetic gangsta rap is always technically solid, but his recent work over Madlib’s soulful production has me thinking that the duo’s upcoming album has classic potential. Pick up the Shame EP and the Thuggin EP over at Stones Throw Records.
Written by John Bugbee