Freddie Gibbs is finally back in action with his first song release since January. The Gary rapper was exonerated from sexual assault charges in September and is now back on his infamous grind. Listen to the rhythmic “All Day” produced by Brooklyn’s Harry Fraud below on SoundCloud.
After Kanye West dropped his Madlib-assisted “No More Parties in LA” with Kendrick Lamar on G.O.O.D. Friday, Freddie Gibbs decided to kill two birds with one stone murdering the track and also reuniting with his Piñata producer. Listen to his version called “Cocaine Parties in LA” by clicking here.
2015 was such a great year for music that I ended up writing about way too many albums that resonated with me. Here is my list of personal favorites in no particular order.
Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo & Youth
His best work in years, Lupe‘s masterpiece divided into four seasons includes clever punchlines and discusses social issues accompanied by a medley of instruments including violins and atypical banjos.
Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone
Dedicated to society’s fixation with cell phones, Ms. Badu analyzes their affect on relationships over futuristic Funk on a project sparked by Drake‘s “Hotline Bling.”
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Already earning countless accolades including 11 Grammy nominations, Kendrick documents his battles with inner demons while exposing racial inequality and promoting Black pride on a unique fusion of Jazz and Funk.
Logic – The Incredible True Story
A space travel concept album that takes place in the future makes an intriguing listen filled with rapid-fire flows and stellar production influenced by Yeezy, Outkast and golden era Hip Hop.
The Internet – Ego Death
The mature and developed effort by the former Odd Future act wows longtime and new fans with Grammy-nominated sensual and airy R&B melodies.
Phony Ppl – Yesterday’s Tomorrow
The nine member band exhibit alluring and state-of-the-art instrumentation that dazzles on this mellow Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B laced work.
Tyler, The Creator – Cherry Bomb
Tyler showcases a vast range of beautiful production (based on his favorite musical genres) that includes strings, electric guitars and xylophones as he encourages listeners to soar to new heights.
Freddie Gibbs – Shadow of a Doubt
Gangsta Gibbs displays bold versatility on a hard as steel album that touches on old drug habits and features unexpected guests like Gucci Mane.
Kali Uchis – Por Vida EP
Kali‘s candy coated voice perfectly complements this well-executed smooth and nostalgic R&B album that sounds like it escaped from the 60s.
Travis $cott – Rodeo
A dark and melodic ode to indulging in libations and the Hollywood lifestyle, Rodeo channels elements of his mentor’s most influential album – 808s and Heartbreak.
Dr. Dre – Compton
Dr. Dre‘s return to Hip Hop brings Compton to life with a rich and pictorial West Coast soundtrack assisted by both legends and newcomers.
Mick Jenkins – Wave[s]
Mick Jenkins urges present day society to seek more truth and provides listeners with awe-inspiring bars and overall good vibes.
A$AP Rocky – A.L.L.A.
A kaleidoscopic and experimental approach to his sophomore effort finds Flacko not only rapping over organs and guitars, but harmonizing on tracks from time to time.
Puff Daddy – MMM
Puffy and his formerly absent Family make sure the hustler’s spirit lives on thanks to his latest gem dedicated to Money Making Mitch from Paid in Full.
Pusha T – Darkest Before Dawn
Dense lyricism and an unconventional assortment of first-class beats compose an album so resplendent it is sure to pique fans’ interest in 2016‘s King Push.
Tame Impala – Currents
Tame Impala‘s third studio album filled with colorful psychedelia will have you floating on feel-good notes perfect for mood lifting or scenic drives.
Snoop Dogg and Pharrell – Bush
Snoop and Pharrell team up to create 1970s inspired grooves that pay homage to some of California’s finest assets: women, weed, and weather.
Miguel – Wildheart
Miguel‘s sexy collection of love songs is fiery and well-produced, yet also manages to simultaneously emit honesty and rawness.
Indiana MC Freddie Gibbs has proven to be one of the most consistent rappers of our time. After dropping one of the best projects last year with Madlib, Piñata, Gangsta Gibbs is back with Shadow of a Doubt. Evolving his sound once more, the work features E-40, Black Thought, Gucci Mane, Kaytranada and Mike Dean. Listen below courtesy of Spotify.
Freddie Gibbs is finally back with a new track called “Fuckin’ Up the Count” produced by Boi-1da and Frank Dukes off of his upcoming album called Shadow of a Doubt. With a release date of November 20, the project will feature a myriad of artists including Black Thought (The Roots), Gucci Mane, E-40 and rising artist Tory Lanez. Watch his latest below.
450. Though Kanye West used auto-tune all over 808s and Heartbreak, producer Yung Guru revealed it was Yeezy who gave Jay Z the “Death of Auto-Tune” concept. 1
449. Kendrick Lamar’s first car was his dad’s old ’92 Cadillac Seville with Lamborghini doors.
448. After J. Cole graduated from St. John’s in 2007, he finally received his degree in 2015. He stated that the reason he had never obtained it was because he still owed money to the school for an overdue library book. 2
447. The scene of police asking skaters to move in Lupe Fiasco‘s “Kick Push” video was not staged. 3
446. Missy Elliott used to play with sharp objects as a teen. “In high school, I used to play with knives and razors and carry around a rusty ass machete. But I couldn’t come in this industry that way. So I had to act like I had some sense. Be humble and respect everyone,” she told Vibe magazine. 4
445. Eazy-E used to keep rolls of bills in his sock and licorice-Rizla-papered joints on the inside of his baseball cap. 5
444. Freddie Gibbs‘ name was inspired by character Tommy Gibbs in Blaxploitation film Black Ceasar. (6:55 mark)
443. DJ Premier used to play guitar in church and alto sax in school.6
442. The original Higher Learning cast was supposed to include Tupac, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow and Juliette Lewis.7
441. RZA stated that he did not allow women into Wu-Tang‘s recording studios until 1997 because they were considered a distraction.8
Kendrick Lamar scored his first Hot 100 No. 1 with Taylor Swift‘s “Bad Blood.” (Read More) He also turned the tables on the paparazzi.
A$AP Rocky explained his lyrics about Rita Ora. (Read More)
A petition was started to block Action Bronson from performing at Toronto’s NXNE festival due to glorifying “gang-raping and murdering women.” (Read More)
Lauryn Hill will be receiving ASCAP Rhythm and Soul’s Golden Note Award. (Read More)
Freddie Gibbs is raising money for underprivileged students in Gary, Indiana. (Read More)
Suge Knight refused to leave cell for court due to sickness. (Read More)
Record Store Day organizers announced a new weekly program called Vinyl Tuesday. (Read More)
A comic book about rap’s origins called Hip Hop family tree will now be published monthly. (Read More)
Listen to the collaborative album between producers The Alchemist & Oh No called Welcome To Los Santos inspired by Grand Theft Auto V on NPR. The eclectic album features Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike and more.
Listen to the new chill, but bass heavy single from Freddie Gibbs & producer Kaytranada called “My Dope House.” Recorded at Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles, it will be released digitally and as a limited 7-inch vinyl.
TDE CEO blamed Interscope for Kendrick‘s album leak last night. (Read More)
Kanye West recently pitched Adult Swim a new show and the proposal is still pending. (Read More)
Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper are working on a collaborative EP together. (Read More)
Lil’ Wayne takes shots at Baby in a Young Money cypher. (Read More)
Azealia Banks‘ Playboy cover hit newstands. (Read More)
Freddie Gibbs and his fiancé are expecting a girl. (Read More)
Tyga posts another cryptic Instagram message about Kylie Jenner.