Gibbs in 2011
|Birth name||Fredrick Tipton|
|Born||June 14, 1982|
|Origin||Gary, Indiana, United States|
|Labels||E$GN, Str8 Slammin' (current) CTE World, Interscope Records, Decon Records (former)|
|Associated acts||P.O.C. (King Chip, The Cool Kids), Madlib, Ski Beatz, Statik Selektah, Jay Rock|
Freddie Gibbs was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, and grew up at 17th and Virginia St. on the city's east side. Gibbs signed with Interscope Records in 2006, after which he moved to Los Angeles and recorded a debut album, but a year later the management of Interscope changed hands and the rapper was dropped.
2009: The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs
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. Both were released for free to the internet.
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 Chip tha Ripper and Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks of The Cool Kids to form the hip hop group, Pulled Over by the Cops (P.O.C.). 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. 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.
2013–present: ESGN and Piñata
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. On May 27, 2013, Freddie Gibbs announced he would be releasing his debut album ESGN on July 9, 2013. The album ended up being released on June 20, 2013, three weeks before the planned release date. On January 17, 2014, Freddie Gibbs announced that he was 75% complete with his second studio album Eastside Slim, due for release in 2014.
On March 18, 2014, Gibbs released an album with producer Madlib, titled Piñata. The album received universal acclaim from music critics and peaked at 38th on the US Billboard 200 and 7th on the Billboard Top Rap Albums list.
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.
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, and more recently on the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack.
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.
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