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Hailing from Gary, Indiana, a place whose murder and crime rates have ranked it several times at the top of the “Most Dangerous Cities” list, Freddie Gibbs is the true definition of a street survivor. Raised on Gary’s east side, Gibbs lived the hard life firsthand in a run-down industrial community plagued with vice and ignored by the establishment. After playing at Ball State on a football scholarship, Gibbs was kicked out of college. Over the next few years he went through court-ordered boot camp, joined and got discharged from the military, and held down a series of 9 to 5 jobs without success. Feeling like the system had failed him, Gibbs turned to hustling; pimping and selling crack out of a local house. Inspired by rappers like UGK, The Geto Boys and 2Pac, Gibbs started rhyming about his life and the issues facing urban youth in Gary and the countless other impoverished cities just like it.

The Steel City’s most famous musical residents to date are the Jackson Five, whose name still adorns a marquee on a falling-apart theater in Gary’s blighted downtown. His desire to rep the Midwest and his city led Gibbs to start recording mixtapes and pushing them online as well as the streets, where he quickly began garnering fans drawn to his original style, diverse flows, and deeply personal lyrics about his experience as a young black man growing up below the poverty line in a forgotten American city.

Freddie Gibbs has worked with respected producers like Red Spyda, Just Blaze, Buckwild, Alchemist, Block Beattaz, Burn One, Polow Da Don, Statik Selektah and Jonathon “J.R.” Rotem among many others. Gibbs’ influences from Houston rap and Pac manifests in his ability to alternate between chillingly tense street stories of violence and laid back comedic tales about women and weed. Ultimately Gibbs shows and proves with his rhymes, which demonstrate the promise of a legend in the making. His skills, wit, and street credibility establish Freddie Gibbs as a true artist. He’s ready to represent for Gary, the Midwest, and anyone who relates to the struggle of inner city life. As Gibbs tells it: “My music is definitely on some gangsta shit. That’s what I was raised on and what I witnessed. How can I speak on anything else?”

His upcoming new album “Str8 Killa” has been produced by Block Beattaz, DJ Burn One & B Flat Trax, L.A. Riot, Kno (Cunninlynguists), Beatnick & K-Salaam & Blended Babies. Featuring guest appearances by Chuck Inglish, Chip Tha Ripper, Bun B, Dan Auerbach, B.J. The Chicago Kid, Jay Rock & Big Kill.

www.myspace.com/freddiegibbs

Tracklisting:

01. Str8 Killa No Filla feat. Big Kill
02. Rep 2 Tha Fullest feat. Jay Rock
03. National Anthem (Fuck The World)
04. Personal OG
05. Live By The Game
06. Rock Bottom feat. Bun B
07. Oil Money feat. Chuck English, Chip Tha Ripper, Bun B & Dan Auerbach
08. The Coldest

The album Freddie GibbsStr8 Killa” (Decon) is going to be released August 6, 2010.

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