It took me a minute, but I can now confidently call myself a Freddie Gibbs fan. You can only avoid the deafening consensus of the hip-hop blogs for so long. Gibbs & company sell a determinedly bleak, glamor-free brand of gangsta rap reminiscent of the survivalist mentality of 2Pac and the Outlawz. Equipped with an agile flow and an excellent ear for beats, Gibbs has no trouble delivering a tape that’s great from beginning to end.
Str8 Killa No Filla is the mixtape. Str8 Killa is the EP, which drops Tuesday.
Update: Here’s the untagged version of the mixtape minus the songs that appear on the EP. Yay for not having duplicates in iTunes! Grab it at The DJ Booth