DIDN’T COME UP OFF NO FUCKIN’ GIMMICKS, BITCH

That’s a pretty perfect way to describe Freddie Gibbs, if you ask me.  I drove up to T-Town today to go hang out with my dad for a few days around Christmas, and on the way I finally got around to listening to Gibbs’s newest mixtape Cold Day In Hell all the way through.  It was definitely worth it.  I’ve been a huge fan of his since Matt first turned me on to Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik and The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs a couple years back, and I’m really happy to see that he’s got himself a solid record deal now and is getting more and more attention all the time.  And he’s not lost a bit of his integrity either, he’s stayed very true to his style this whole time, and I was happy to hear even more evidence of that on Cold Day in Hell.

Anyway, I didn’t mean to ramble, what I wanted to hit you all with was this little connection I noticed when I was listening to that mixtape.  The third song on there has a title that I was already familiar with from a much earlier tune: “187 Proof”.  Maybe that’s a common term that gets used all the time, and I’m just too ignorant to not know about more than two instances, but here’s what I’ve got to offer.

Freddie Gibbs – 187 Proof

Spice 1 – 187 Proof

I’m in love with that Spice 1 video, and I also really like the slightly different meaning these two dudes ascribe to the term “187 Proof”: Freddie is asserting that he is immune to being murdered (187 is a common police code for homicide), but Spice has a whole running play on words throughout the song using names of different boozy drinks as names for characters in the story he’s spinning, so the “187 proof” for him is an extension of that wordplay (referencing the way of measuring alcohol content of liquor in “proof”).  Pretty cool.

Here’s a little bonus too.  That first line of the Spice 1 “187 Proof” gets referenced in the intro to an E-40 song a few years later, pretty hilariously.  The only video I could find that included that intro is this one, which also includes the entire song before it.  So the part I’m talking about doesn’t come in until 1:49.  But you should probably just go ahead and listen to the whole thing, you can’t really listen to too much E-40 I don’t think.

E-40 – Da Bumble

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One thought on “DIDN’T COME UP OFF NO FUCKIN’ GIMMICKS, BITCH

  1. […] sure you’ve seen the silly amount of Main Attrakionz posts over the past year or so, Spice 1 had his day, E-40 is definitely no stranger, and B-Legit made his first appearance just recently, […]

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