Thursday, July 15, 2010


Freddie Gibbs has a way of making you take him very seriously, for better or for worse. I feel for him, I feel for his women, I respect him, I dislike him. His raps cannot be brushed off with ease: nothing remotely "fun" is going on.

"County Bounce", my favorite of these two, is almost grime but with a softer edge, serving, in turn, to soften the emotional openings that the song provides. It's hard to know where control lies, whether the voices of the chorus are human or machine, where the line between necessity and excess falls. And on that line, I think, is where Gibbs thrives.

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