Freddie Gibbs hasn’t changed a bit, and I couldn’t be happier. Oh, he may have more money and notoriety, and it might be bit more difficult for him to pick up a pair of sneakers at the local mall without being bothered, but his ability to spit relentlessly about sex, murder and mayhem has not faltered for even a second.
With the long-awaited Baby Face Killa finally hitting the streets, Gibbs has another chance to offend the weak-hearted, while simultaneously wowing anyone with working ears as he attacks production by a mix of talented newcomers (M-80, DJ Stikuhbush, DJ Dahi) and established names (Cookin’ Soul, Statik Selektah, SMKA, and The Futuristiks). Also bringing some star power is his CTE compatriot Young Jeezy, the buzzing Kirko Bangz & Dom Kennedy, and H-Town stalwart Z-Ro. Still, Freddie anchors this well-curated mix of contributors with his unrelenting barrage of street-centric lyricism.
With seemingly all of the right pieces in place, one wonders if this will be the release that makes the Gary gangsta a household name. Who knows, but as long as rappers cower with fear when he hops on a beat and I get another 15 or so tracks to ride to until his proper debut finally releases, I can’t complain. And you shouldn’t either.
For those who want a Drama-free version, head over to iTunes to purchase the deluxe version of BFK and you’ll receive no tags, bonus tracks, a digital booklet and high quality audio files. Support a gangster.