Freddie Gibbs

12mid, Emo's Main

Freddie Gibbs

Freddie Gibbs brought a question of his own to the interview.

"Hey man," leads last year's Str8 Killa. "You think Nicki Minaj's ass is fake?"

Umm, I, uhh ....

"It might be legit," he says, cutting me off. "It don't matter to me. I like a real ass or a fake ass, just as long as she got one. The ass is a big part of a man's life."

Gibbs makes music like he interrupts interviews: impulsive, unapologetic, and occasionally offensive. But he's usually right about the topic at hand. From Gary, Ind. – a town known more for its murder rate than its standing as the birthplace of Michael Jackson – Gibbs earned the role of people's champ two years ago when label disputes at Interscope left him stocked on material with nowhere to put it.

He responded with two smoked-out mixtapes, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs and Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik, which thrust him into rarefied air as a rapper hailed by both indie rockers and gangster cliques. Not that he paid any mind to the demographic.

"People respond to authenticity," Gibbs quips, "and I ain't rapping about no fake shit."

Str8 Killa No Filla, Gibbs' first physically distributed release, came last summer in the form of the Str8 Killa EP. Like his mixtapes, it bangs hard-nosed diatribes of urban realism through dexterous gangster poetry, each passage delivered in "The Coldest" baritone. The EP brought Gibbs an influential fan in Bun B, who contributed to closer "Oil Money," along with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, and whose influence shows in every corner of Gibbs' game.

"That's Professor Bun," says Gibbs, reveling in the support. "He's been my point man on everything. You just got to soak it up when you get around him." (Also: Sat., 1am, Fuze)

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Friday Picks & Sleepers
Friday Picks & Sleepers
Obvious Picks and loads of not-so-obvious Sleepers!

March 20, 2015

Thursday Showcases
Thursday Showcases
International hip-hop, or domestic, Modern Outsider sounds?

March 20, 2015

More by Chase Hoffberger
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Revisiting the Railroad Killer
Local journo Alex Hannaford’s Dead Man Talking podcast investigates the case against a man on death row

Nov. 16, 2018

EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
EMS Union Set for Leadership Contest
Association to cast ballot between incumbent Tony Marquardt or challenger Selena Xie

Nov. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Freddie Gibbs

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle