During a recent show at Brooklyn’s South Paw club, rapper Freddie Gibbs slammed Bay Area rapper Lil B, calling him out and bashing his lyrical content. When asked about the comments, Gibbs went on record with BET.com to clarify the situation.
“I don’t have nothing against Lil B,” Gibbs told BET.com. “I don’t know him personally to have anything against him. You know I don’t have an issue with him. I don’t want to fight him. I don’t want people to think I’m picking on him...but I have an opinion like everybody else. I have an opinion about the message he delivers: I think that shit is wack.”
As previously reported, Gibbs expressed his feelings on Based God in between songs at the latest stop on his tour with Mississippi MC/producer Big K.R.I.T. “No f---- s----, this ain’t no Lil B Based God or no f----t ass s--- like that up here,” Gibbs told the crowd. “What the f---- you thought this was? N----, this is real rap. Based God get the f--- outta here, n----.”
Lil B recently made headlines with the announcement that he’s naming his upcoming album I’m Gay. While B says his decision is an attempt to highlight how trivial words and labels really are, the eccentric hip hop personality alleges that he’s been the target of death threats.
Gibbs says that although his comments at the concert were not motivated by this news, he doesn’t necessarily agree with that message either.
“I think that s--t is idiotic. I think it’s stupid. If he's not gay for real, I think it’s stupid. If you are gay then whatever...I ain’t got nothing against nobody being gay.... Mister Cee just got caught up on some gay s--t but I still like him as a DJ. What you do is yo business, but I don’t have that s--t around me or none of that.... I just ain’t wit it. I ain’t wit smoking crack [either].”
Gangsta Gibbs believes the title of Lil B’s next album is more about getting attention than making a bold statement.
“I think that young brother is just striving for attention,” Gibbs goes on to explain. “He just doing whatever he gotta do to get attention from these mothaf----s.”
“It’s not good music,” says Freddie, who maintains that his comments at the show were motivated by Lil B’s musical content or lack thereof. “The beats ain’t good, the n---a ain’t rapping about s--t. It’s not good music. All these mothaf----s are letting that s--t slide and condoning it, and if I don’t say nothing about it, no one else gone say nothing.”
The Gary, Indiana-bred rapper indicates that his frustrations also have more to do with the collective sense of identity the two may share in being young African-American males.
“I thought the Lil B s--t was funny at first,” he says. “It was a joke. But you go to festivals like Coachella and all of that and I see all these white people laughing at a n---a, it just looks like a minstrel show. Like he just putting on a dumb ass show for these white people and they laughing at us.... It’s already hard enough for a black man in America, and to have a mothaf---a that’s out there like that, that has the platform that you have to throw that type of message out there, I just think it’s idiotic to me, personally.”
Freddie will perform tonight [April 29] in Haverford, Pennsylvania, at Haverford College before heading to East Rutherford, N.J., for the Bamboozle Festival on May 1.
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