Burgeoning rapper Freddie Gibbs has opened up about breaking the news of joining Young Jeezy‘s Corporate Thugz Entertainment, and why he ultimately decided to sign with the “Snowman”.

Gibbs said his gut and instinct motivated him to side with Jeezy.

“It feels good,” Freddie told DJ Smallz in an interview. “It’s always good to work with people that you respect and people you have mutual respect for. I bump Jeezy. I think he carved his own lane in the game and that’s what I’m trying to do. And what better way to elevate myself to the next level than doing it with somebody that I admire and respect. The situation with CTE, Jeezy, it felt correct…This is a long process for myself, but, I went with the gut feeling instead of just going with all the impulse and signing with someone just because they’re hot or some sh*t like that. I ain’t wanna be a d*ckrider because I see a lot of that in the game right now. So I just wanted to do things my way.” (“Southern Smoke Radio”)

Details of the new deal emerged online over the weekend.

We reported last Monday that Freddie Gibbs was close to signing with Jeezy’s imprint, Corporate Thugz Entertainment, which is owned by Def Jam. And less than a week’s time, that news has been confirmed. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Gary, Ind. rapper announced his signing to CTE at a concert last night in Chicago. He even brought out Jeezy to, perhaps, make it that much more official. While part of me wants to congratulate Gangsta Gibbs, I’m also extremely nervous. I mean, how long have we been waiting for Jeezy’s latest, TM 103? And does it even have a release date anymore? Time to cross our fingers. (Prefix Mag)

Gibbs also confirmed the deal via his Twitter page.

“Rumor is that I’m about to sign with Kanye West.,” he tweeted before breaking the news on April 10th. “CTE OR NOTHIN.” (Freddie Gibbs’ Twitter)

In late March, speculation of a deal being in the works emerged.

XXLMag.com has learned that 2010 XXL Freshman, Freddie Gibbs, is on the verge of signing to Young Jeezy’s CTE Record label. Rumors broke out months ago that Gibbs was in talks with the imprint, but according to sources close to the deal, the agreement is done. All that is left is the paperwork. Reps for the Gary, Indiana native have yet to return phone calls for comment as of press time. (XXL Mag)

Check out Freddie Gibbs’ interview down below:

Freddie Gibbs Discusses CTE Signing with Young Jeezy from DJ Smallz on Vimeo.