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Freddie Gibbs
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Gibbs in 2014
Background information
Birth nameFredrick Jamel Tipton
Also known asKane
Born (1982-06-14) June 14, 1982 (age 37)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2003–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websiteesgnrecords.com

Fredrick Jamel Tipton (born June 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs is an American rapper. After initially being signed to Interscope Records in 2006, Gibbs recorded his debut studio album under the label. However, he was eventually dropped and the album was cancelled. Gibbs later signed with Young Jeezy's CTE World and released a number of mixtapes through the label, including 2012's highly acclaimed Baby Face Killa.[2][3][4] After leaving CTE in 2013, Gibbs formed his own label, ESGN and released his debut studio album of the same name in June 2013. Since then, he has gone on to release four solo studio albums, as well as two collaborative albums with Madlib as MadGibbs and nine mixtapes in total.

Early life[edit]

Fredrick Tipton was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, and grew up at 17th and Virginia St. on the city's east side.[5] Gibbs signed with Interscope Records in 2006 and recorded a debut album, but a year later the management of Interscope changed hands and the rapper was dropped.[6]

Career[edit]

2009: The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs[edit]

In 2009, Freddie Gibbs released The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, which is a compilation of his work to that date, mixing mixtape tracks with unreleased studio material—and midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik—a collection of new music.[7] Both were released for free to the internet.[8]

2011–2012: Mixtapes[edit]

P.O.C.
Also known asPulled Over by the Cops
GenresAlternative hip hop
Years active2011—present
Associated actsAll City Chess Club
Past membersFreddie Gibbs
Chip tha Ripper
The Cool Kids

On October 31, 2011, Gibbs released his ninth mixtape Cold Day In Hell, featuring guest appearances from Young Jeezy, Juicy J, Freeway and Dom Kennedy. Production comes from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Big K.R.I.T., Cardo, DJ Burn One, Speakerbomb, Block Beattaz, Beatnick & K-Salaam and more. On February 18, 2011, Freddie Gibbs announced on his website that he has joined up with Cleveland's King Chip and The Cool Kids to form the supergroup, Pulled Over by the Cops (P.O.C.).[9] On September 25, 2012, Freddie Gibbs released his tenth mixtape Baby Face Killa featuring guest appearances from Young Jeezy, Krayzie Bone, SpaceGhostPurrp, Dom Kennedy, Jadakiss, Kirko Bangz, Jay Rock and Currensy among others.[10] On December 11, 2012, Gibbs announced he was no longer a member of Young Jeezy's CTE label. He elaborated saying there is no beef between the two rappers.[11]

2013–16: ESGN, Piñata and Shadow of a Doubt[edit]

Gibbs joined fellow hip-hop artists Brianna Perry and Ace Hood on the 2013 Forgiato Fest at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Florida, on April 6, 2013.[12] On May 27, 2013, Freddie Gibbs announced he would be releasing his debut album ESGN on July 9, 2013.[12] The album ended up being released on June 20, 2013, three weeks before the planned release date.[13] On January 17, 2014, Freddie Gibbs announced that he was 75% complete with his second studio album Eastside Slim, due for release in 2014.[14]

On March 18, 2014, Gibbs released an album with producer Madlib, titled Piñata. The album received universal acclaim from music critics with a score of 82 on the review site Metacritic.[15] The album peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard 200 and number seven on the US Top Rap Albums charts.

His next album, Shadow of a Doubt, was released on November 20, 2015.[16]

2017–present: You Only Live 2wice, Freddie, Fetti, and Bandana[edit]

During Madlib's talk with Red Bull Music Academy on May 7, 2016, he announced that he and Freddie Gibbs will be releasing a second collaborative studio album called Bandana. Madlib also mentioned that many of the rejected beats he auditioned for Kanye West's The Life of Pablo would appear on the new project. Freddie Gibbs confirmed this on Twitter while his manager tweeted a teaser picture of Madlib beats.[17][18]

On January 4, 2017, Currensy announced that a collaborative album between him and Gibbs entitled "Fetti" was in production.[19]

On March 8, 2017, Gibbs returned by announcing his third solo album, You Only Live 2wice, along with its pre-order link and release date of March 31, 2017. The first single, "Crushed Glass", was also released with a music video.

On September 21, 2018, Currensy would announce that his half of Fetti had been completed, nearly two years after its initial announcement[20] Five days later, Gibbs would post the tracklist and release date on social media.[19] The album was released on October 31, 2018.

On February 7, 2019, Madlib posted an Instagram picture of his cartoon alter-ego Quasimoto with the cryptic caption "we are clearing samples ...", alluding to Bandana being finished recording.[21]

On February 12, Gibbs shared a clip of himself with Madlib further teasing the project and stating that they "Might put some shit out. Might. Thinking about it. We thinking about it."[22]

The next day, on February 13, Gibbs continued to tease upcoming music and stated on his Instagram story that the "Album is done. Finished. Finito."[23] On February 20, Gibbs and Madlib released the single "Flat Tummy Tea" and announced Bandana is set to be released in 2019 through Keep Cool Records, RCA Records, Madlib Invazion, and ESGN.[24] A titular second single, "Bandana," featuring the dancehall artist Assassin, was released on March 5, 2019.[25]

Influences[edit]

Gibbs has listed Scarface, DMX, Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Nas, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Geto Boys, UGK, Three 6 Mafia, Outkast, Raekwon, Eminem, Twista, Ice Cube, Noreaga, and Ol' Dirty Bastard as some of his influences.[26]

Recognition[edit]

Critics have recognized Gibbs' technically proficient and stylistically diverse rapping ability. He was featured on the Max Payne 3 official soundtrack and the NBA 2K12 official soundtrack,[27] the Sleeping Dogs soundtrack, and more recently on the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack.[28]

Personal life[edit]

A gunman opened fire on Gibbs, who was sitting in a car after he had finished performing at a record store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, on November 4, 2014. Gibbs escaped unharmed and two members of his entourage received non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.[29][30]

In May 2015, Gibbs launched a GoFundMe to help School Supply Giveaway of Gary purchase school supplies for children in Gary, Indiana.[31] On the site page, Gibbs explained, "Growing up in Gary there was little opportunity for a kid like me to make something of myself. Not having the basic supplies...left a lot of us with little motivation to do well in school and turned a lot of us to darker paths. By helping these students acquire the basic supplies every student needs and deserves you will be maximizing their chances at a brighter future."[31]

Before performing a concert Le Rex in Toulouse, France in June 2016 Gibbs was arrested on a European arrest warrant issued for a rape alleged to have taken place in Austria in 2015,[32][33] and extradited to Austria on sexual assault charges,[34] Gibbs said he "has no intention of escaping justice, whether French or Austrian"[34] and was charged the following month with sexual abuse charges on two women.[35] After being held in jail for a number of weeks he was released on bail of €50,000,[36] and acquitted on all charges in September 2016.[37]

Gibbs has expressed anti-vaccine views.[38]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Collaborative albums

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bosman, Chris. "Album Review: Freddie Gibbs - BFK". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Jul 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Freddie Gibbs: BFK | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  4. ^ "Freddie Gibbs - 'BFK' Album Review - Pop matters". Pop Matters. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-07-14.
  5. ^ Weiss, Jeff (December 2, 2009). "The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs". LA Weekly.
  6. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (August 2, 2010). "Freddie Gibb Revives Gangster Rap on 'Str8 Killa' EP". Billboard.
  7. ^ Tom Breihan. "Freddie Gibbs:The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs / Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  8. ^ DX Staffaccess. "Mixtape Wrapup (August/September)". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  9. ^ Freddie Gibbs. "Freddie Gibbs - BLOG - P.O.C. Pulled Over by the Cops "Authority"". freddiegibbs.com. Archived from the original on 2012-01-15. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  10. ^ "Download Freddie Gibbs' Baby Face Killa Mixtape | News". Pitchfork. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  11. ^ Vasquez, Andres (2012-12-11). "Freddie Gibbs Leaves Young Jeezy's Label, Says They "Move In Different Ways"". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  12. ^ a b "Forgiato Fest 2013 > Forgiato Fest 2013 Line-up, Ticket Info". Songkick. songkick.com. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
  13. ^ http://hiphopdx.com, HipHopDX -. "Freddie Gibbs "ESGN" Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist".
  14. ^ "Freddie Gibbs To Release New Album This Year". XXL. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  15. ^ Piñata by Madlib, retrieved 2018-02-14
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Shadow of a Doubt by Freddie Gibbs". iTunes.apple.com. November 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  17. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/FreddieGibbs/status/729147218423365636
  18. ^ "Twitter". mobile.twitter.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  19. ^ a b "Currensy and Freddie Gibbs to Collaborate on Joint EP 'Fetti' - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  20. ^ "Freddie Gibbs and Curren$y to share collaborative project on Halloween". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  21. ^ "Madlib on Instagram: "we are clearing samples ..."". Instagram. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  22. ^ Willis, Nate (February 12, 2019). "Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Part 2 ? I'm Readypic.twitter.com/rp82UZaoQr". twitter.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  23. ^ HotNewHipHop (February 13, 2019). "Won't be long before we get that new @FreddieGibbs now...pic.twitter.com/bByu1h1wWQ". twitter.com. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Freddie Gibbs and Madlib reunite on "Flat Tummy Tea"". The FADER. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Share 'Bandana' Project's Title Track". Complex. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
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  28. ^ "Grand Theft Auto V Reveals Expanded Radio Station Tracklists for Game Relaunch". Pitchfork Media. November 17, 2014. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  29. ^ "Freddie Gibbs Allegedly Targeted in Shooting Outside Rough Trade in Brooklyn". pitchfork.com. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  30. ^ Garger, Kenneth; Feis, Aaron (November 4, 2014). "'They tried to kill Tupac. They tried to kill me.': Rapper shot at in Williamsburg". nypost.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
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  36. ^ "Freddie Gibbs Acquitted Of Sexual Assault".
  37. ^ "Gibbs Acquitted". The Boombox. September 30, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  38. ^ Fu, Eddie (Jun 29, 2019). "Freddie Gibbs Expresses Anti-Vaxxer Views & Pusha-T Raps About Reagan On Political Collaboration "Palmolive"". Genius. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  39. ^ Bloom, Madison; Minsker, Evan (May 30, 2019). "Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Announce New Album Bandana ft. Pusha-T, Killer Mike, More". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 31, 2019.