SXSW showcase reviews
Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., March 18, 2011
Freddie GibbsMohawk, Wednesday, March 16
Dressed in nothing but a T-shirt and gray sweat suit, and lodging Wednesday night's most excessive blunt above his right ear, Freddie Gibbs was of a two-track mind. "If you came here to Austin to smoke some weed, make some noise in this bitch!" hollered Gary, Ind.'s native wordsmith before leading into the structure-rattling drop of "Face Down." "I don't see enough blunts in this bitch." The rapper's other focus: "Fuck the police" – a chant he led throughout his 30-minute set that packed enough heat to keep the crowd hyped even if it did play out predictably. Blunt smoked by the fourth song, he ducked to the side as Chicago's L.E.P Bogus Boys took over with their Gibbs-featuring "Kush and Leather." "Keep smoking," he demanded to the crowd on his way into "National Anthem (Fuck the World)," a song he started over midway through after bumping into a cameraman. Gibbs ditched the shirt shortly thereafter. One last "Fuck the police" chant followed before a closing duet of "What It Be Like" and "The Ghetto," Gibbs' hardened take on Big L's famed "7 Minute Freestyle." Blunted, absolutely, though no sign as to whether the cops got the message.