Freddie Gibbs is an MC who in the past years has been making moves. From his appearance on the XXL Freshman list 2010, to signing with Young Jeezy’s CTE World, and releasing a slew of EPs and mixtapes that have all been lauded by fans and critics alike. Unphased by his rapper peers, and never one to bite his tongue on what he perceives as industry fakery, Gangsta Gibbs proclaimed a few months ago that Baby Face Killa will “return the prestige of the Gangsta Grillz brand”.
The first thing to note about BFK is that it is definitely a mixtape that you want in your car!! Gibbs’ beat selection is varied on this project and the proof is in that it is 18 tracks long and there are contributions from at least 10 different producers. The mixtape starts off with the title track, a salute to the streets but at the same time highlighting the harsh realities of street life (“Really i’m the only n***a i trust”) with a haunting beat that is likely to damage your speakers, with a monologue from DJ drama proclaiming “it sounds like Gangsta Music, so we better proceed as such!!”. The content of BFK does stick to Freddie’s Formula of street tales about drugs, money clothes & hoes (word to track 4). You would think that this would get tiring to the listener but due to the diversity of the beats, Freddie’s own versatility(switching from his unique quick fire flow to more regular flows and even harmonizing) and the use of other artists on hooks such as pharell, kirko bangz to dilute the thuggishness.
Gangsta Gibbs also definitely put in work building on past business relationships and featuring MC’s such as Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, Jay Rock & YG as well as reaching out to veteran MCs like krayzie Bone, Jadakiss & Z-RO.
My Standout track on the mixtape interestingly enough occurs right smack in the middle of the project “krazy” which features the aforementioned Jadakiss & TDE’s Jay Rock, produced by statik selektah which i featured on my tracks of the week.
As the mixtape continues, Gibbs continues his unfiltered journey through his life experiences, sounding just as good over beats reminiscent of the trap stylings of Young Jeezy (“Go For It”) to tracks that sound like they could feature on a Boom Bap Compilation (“Tell a friend” ft Curren$y), the true strength of this mixtape is Gibbs’ ability to have multiple collaborators without sacrificing authenticity and somehow maintaining cohesion throughout.
INFAMOUS RATING: Too Good to be considered a mixtape