Does Freddie Gibbs Get Enough Recognition?

Does Freddie Gibbs Get Enough Recognition?

He sure doesn't think so.

Published January 12th

When it comes to his skills, Freddie Gibbs says he not getting his just due. In an open-ended interview with NPR Music’s Microphone Check, Gibbs explained feeling overlooked.  

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“I don't feel like I get the recognition for being as innovative that I am musically,” he said. “I don't think that I get put up there with the J. Coles and the Kendrick Lamars and guys of that nature when I definitely think that I'm rapping on they level and definitely higher.

“It's just a matter of just me sticking to my guns and doing it the way I want to do it,” added Gibbs. “And I'm at that point now where I can put out music when I want to, shoot a video when I want to, just basically have total control. So it's like, I can sway more people in my direction than ever now. But I still don't think that I get the credit that I deserve, like I said, for being an innovator.”

The 33-year-old rapper, who dropped Shadow of a Doubt last November, also discusses musical inspirations, why he appreciates R&B and a change in the music industry. “With this independence and this Internet, it's like, it gives the artist more control," said Gibbs. "A lot of people don't like it, but I love it. I like where music's at right now.”   

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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