Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice (ESGN, EMPIRE, 2017)
Known for his distinct quick rap flow and witty rhymes, Freddie Gibbs just released You Only Live Twice, a hip-hop album with honest lyrical content and heavy bass instrumentals. The beat in “Crushed Glass” comes from Mobb Deep’s classic track, “Where Ya Heart At.” In this track, Gibbs raps about unfairness in the justice system, how he was wrongly convicted of rape, and how he wishes he could start anew: “Tried to give me 10 for some pussy that I never touched—hire like 11 lawyers, had to level up.” He also raps about his baby daughter and how his rape conviction has made him see life differently. In “Andrea,” Gibbs raps about his criminal past and how he made it out when others have never left the hood and remain caught up in a fraudulent lifestyle. “Some n***** take the trip I took but they don’t get to leave. Came out that bitch speaking Russian, German, Guapanese.” Gibbs brings forth genuine lyrics reflecting his life and shares them with the world on this hip-hop album.
Trial Track: “Homesick”