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Freddie Gibbs
Gibbs in March 2014
Gibbs in March 2014
Background information
Birth nameFredrick Jamel Tipton
Also known as
  • Freddie Kane
  • Kane
  • Freddie Forgiato
  • Gangsta Gibbs
  • Big Boss Rabbit
BornJune 14, 1982 (age 40)
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2004–present[2]
Labels
Member of
Children2
Websitewww.freddiegibbs.com

Fredrick Jamel Tipton (born June 14, 1982), better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs, is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana. 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.[3][4][5]

After leaving CTE in early 2013, Gibbs formed his own label, ESGN, which was also the name of his debut studio album released in June of that year. Since then, he has gone on to release four solo studio albums, as well as four collaborative albums, two with Madlib (as MadGibbs): Piñata (2014) and Bandana (2019), and two with The Alchemist: Fetti (2018) (also a collaboration with rapper Curren$y) and Alfredo (2020), the latter of which received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.[6]

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.[7] He played American football at Ball State University on an athletic scholarship but was eventually expelled from college.[8] At the age of 19, he was enlisted into the U.S. Army as part of a pre-trial diversion program when he was on trial for theft and gun charges, but was dishonorably discharged only eight months later after being caught smoking marijuana.[9]

He then began working at a Gary mall, where he met local hip hop producer Finger Roll, who, according to Gibbs, was "the only guy [in Gary] that had a studio." Gibbs then joined Finger Roll's No Tamin Entertainment crew and began pursuing a rap career.[10]

Career[edit]

2004–2011: Career beginnings and CTE World[edit]

Gibbs' rap career began in 2004, self-releasing his first full-length project, a mixtape titled Full Metal Jackit, which he followed up with a sequel that same year.[11] Around that time, he was signed to Interscope Records and began working on his debut studio album, but was dropped from the label in late 2006, when the man that signed him, Joe Weinberger, left the label.[12][13] Gibbs released his debut extended play Str8 Killa in August 2010.[14]

Gibbs (right) with Young Jeezy in August 2011
P.O.C.
Also known asPulled Over by the Cops
GenresAlternative hip hop
Years active2011—present
Past membersFreddie Gibbs
Chip tha Ripper
Sir Michael Rocks

He would continue self-releasing mixtapes until 2011, when he signed to Young Jeezy's record label CTE World. In February that year, Gibbs announced on his website that he had joined up with fellow rappers King Chip and The Cool Kids to form the supergroup Pulled Over by the Cops (P.O.C.).[15] In October, he released the mixtape Cold Day in Hell, which featured guest appearances from Young Jeezy, Juicy J, and 2 Chainz, among others.[16] The mixtape received significant coverage from publications such as Pitchfork and XXL, appearing on the latter's Freshman List Class of 2010.[17][18] Gibbs and hip hop producer Madlib released their first and second extended plays, titled Thuggin' and Shame, in September 2011 and June 2012, respectively.[19][20] The EPs served as previews for their upcoming collaborative album, which was originally titled Cocaine Piñata, and later renamed to simply Piñata.[21][22]

Shortly after the release of Cold Day in Hell, Gibbs announced that his next mixtape would be a Gangsta Grillz mixtape titled Baby Face Killa. It was released on September 25, 2012 and featured guest appearances from Pharrell Williams, Jadakiss, Jay Rock, Currensy, YG, and others.[23] The second track from the album, "Still Livin'" was featured on the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V's virtual in-game radio station Radio Los Santos.[24]

2012–2015: ESGN, Piñata and Shadow of a Doubt[edit]

On December 11, 2012, Gibbs announced that he was no longer a member of Young Jeezy's CTE label. He elaborated saying that there is no beef between the two rappers.[25] On May 27, 2013, Freddie Gibbs announced he would be releasing his debut album ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally) on July 9, 2013 through his own record label of the same name.[26] The album ended up being released on June 20, three weeks before the planned release date, due to a leak.[27]

In September 2013, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib released the final EP from the Piñata previews trilogy, Deeper. Piñata was eventually released on March 18, 2014. The album received universal acclaim from music critics with a score of 82 on the review site Metacritic.[28] It peaked at number 39 on the US Billboard 200 and number seven on the US Top Rap Albums charts. On July 1, 2014, Gibbs, Young Thug, and ASAP Ferg released a single titled "Old English".[29] It was produced by Salva and Nick Hook and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on July 23, 2020 for selling over 500,000 certified units.[30] In October 2014, Gibbs and Madlib released their fourth EP, titled Knicks (Remix).[31]

In March 2015, Gibbs released a three-track EP titled Pronto, which was followed up by his second solo studio album, Shadow of a Doubt, released on November 20, 2015.[32]

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

Gibbs's third solo studio album, You Only Live 2wice, was released in March 2017.[33] The only single, "Crushed Glass", was released simultaneously alongside a music video directed by Eric Nelson.[34] In June 2018, he released his fourth studio album, Freddie without any prior announcements.[35] Fetti, a collaborative album between Gibbs, rapper Currensy, and producer The Alchemist, was released in October 2018.[36]

After initially announcing it in May 2016, the second Gibbs and Madlib collaborative album, Bandana, was released in June 2019, preceded by single "Flat Tummy Tea" and "Bandana", featuring the dancehall artist Assassin,[37] in February and March respectively of that year. Released by Keep Cool Records, RCA Records, Madlib Invazion, and ESGN, the album received further critical acclaim.[38][39]

Gibbs and The Alchemist released a second collaborative album, titled Alfredo, in May 2020,[40][41] preceded a day earlier by lead single, "1985", alongside an accompanying music video directed by Nick Walker.[42] The album debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200, making it both Gibbs' and The Alchemist's highest-charting album to date,[43][44] and received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards,[6]

In June 2020 Gibbs had signed to Warner Records.[45] He would then go on to release his first three singles through the label: "4 Thangs", which features guest appearances from fellow rapper Big Sean and hip hop producer Hit-Boy, "Gang Signs", featuring fellow rapper Schoolboy Q, and "Big Boss Rabbit", in October 2020, February 2021, and April 2021, respectively.[46][47][48]

In March 2022, Gibbs had a cameo role in the first season of the Starz drama series Power Book IV: Force, portraying Cousin Buddy, a cock-eyed drug dealer.[49]

Artistry[edit]

Critics have recognized Gibbs' technically proficient and stylistically diverse rapping ability. He was featured on the soundtracks for Max Payne 3, NBA 2K12,[50] Sleeping Dogs, and Grand Theft Auto V.[51]

Gibbs has listed Scarface, DMX, Tupac, Jay-Z, Nas, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Geto Boys, UGK, Three 6 Mafia, Outkast, Raekwon, Eminem, Twista, Ice Cube, Noreaga, Juvenile, Spice 1, De La Soul, Kool G Rap, Black Thought, Mos Def, Jeezy, and Ol' Dirty Bastard as some of his influences.[52]

Personal life[edit]

On November 4, 2014, 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. Gibbs escaped unharmed and two members of his entourage received non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.[53][54]

In May 2015, Gibbs launched a GoFundMe to help School Supply Giveaway of Gary purchase school supplies for children in Gary, Indiana.[55] 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."[55]

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,[56][57] and extradited to Austria on sexual assault charges,[58] Gibbs said he "has no intention of escaping justice, whether French or Austrian"[58] and was charged the following month with sexual abuse charges on two women.[59] After being held in jail for a number of weeks he was released on bail of €50,000,[60] and acquitted on all charges in September 2016.[61]

Gibbs has said that while he is not a fan of organized religion, he most closely identifies as a Muslim, calling it "a personal relationship between myself and God."[62]

Gibbs is also a father of two children; a daughter (born 2015) with his ex-fiancé Erica Dickerson and a son from a previous relationship.[63][64][65]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Collaboration albums

Concert tours[edit]

Headlining
  • Shadow of a Doubt Tour (2016)[66]
  • You Only Live 2wice Tour (2017)[67]
  • Freddie Tour (2018)[68]
  • The Album of the Year Tour (2019)[69]
Co-headlining
Supporting

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
Grammy Awards 2021 Alfredo
(with The Alchemist)
Best Rap Album Nominated [72]

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