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.
“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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