Freddie Gibbs has a real knack for teaming up with really unexpected people and making it sound unquestionably good. It’s been that way from the beginning; when Matt first turned me on to Midwestgangstaboxframecadicallmuzik and The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs, some of the first songs I got really into of his were the couple tracks he did with Devin the Dude, a rapper from a very different place with a very different aesthetic, mood, and style than what Freddie is most comfortable doing.
Freddie Gibbs – Something You Should Know (feat. Devin the Dude)
Freddie Gibbs – Stray (feat. Devin the Dude)
Then after signing to Young Jeezy‘s label, a much more obvious pairing, out of nowhere he starts releasing songs with Madlib, another dude from an even more dissimilar place, background and style. But once again, the pairing worked out surprisingly nice. Maybe he can just make great songs with anyone as long as they love weed as much as he does.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Thuggin’
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame
Now Freddie is officially leaving Jeezy’s CTE label and some of his most recent work has been with LA’s flagship Ratchet artist YG, another dude who I never imagined I’d hear rapping alongside Freddie’s rapid-fire midwest syncopation, but once again, I find myself quite impressed by how well these styles comingle.
Freddie Gibbs – Every City (feat. YG)
Lil’ Sodi – Do It (feat. Freddie Gibbs & YG)
Now we just need to wait for the Freddie Gibbs / Lil’ B collaboration that’ll just blow everyone’s mind.