Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs recently sat down with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley for the latest installment of the excellent NPR Microphone Check series to talk about being broke in L.A., why he doesn’t think a record label is for everybody, how America is a “gangsta society,” and a whole lot more.
When asked about what he thinks of streaming, he mentions how he’s been bumping a lot of R&B lately – mostly Jeremih and Bryson Tiller, which he says might also be the reason why his latest album Shadow Of A Doubt has more melodic singing from him. He also says he’s been reading biographies on people like Rick James and George Clinton, and every time he reads a book he has to do an album because he feels so inspired.
Later in the interview, Gibbs says he feels he should be mentioned with the “J. Coles and the Kendrick Lamars” in hip-hop because “I definitely think that I’m rapping on they level and definitely higher.” He also points out that he observed how Tech N9ne cultivated a loyal fanbase and applied that to himself.
Listen to the whole interview below and read the full transcript right here.