Midwest rapper Freddie Gibbs has come forward to weigh-in on recent comments made by T.I. over the decline in gangsta music and offer a take on hip-hop foe Rick Ross‘ recent shooting.

In Freddie’s opinion, artists like himself and the “King of the South” are largely responsible for keeping gangsta tunes alive and not proclaim the genre as dying.

“I totally disagree with T.I., I think he wrong for that statement,” Freddie said when asked for his take. “I think guys like him are supposed to be the staples of this gangsta rap. If you keep saying it’s dead, it’s dead, it’s dead, then you’re going to let it die. You grew up on it, so how you gonna say something’s dead when you grew up on it? … He’s got to step up and keep doing what he do. Guys like me, I’ve got to step up and do what I do. We can’t let the genre die.” (“The Morning Riot”)

Gibbs also revealed despite his past public issues with Ricky Rozay, he would never wish physical harm on any hip-hop artist.

“Did he got shot at,” Gibbs jokingly asked. “I really don’t hope none of these guys get murdered in the rap game. I don’t want to see none of these guys get killed. I really don’t want to see none of these guys get murdered because I don’t want to see them jump to legend status. It seems like when you die, all of a sudden, ‘He’s the greatest of all time.’ … I don’t think a bullet should buy you that — I think a bullet has buying a lot of guys street credibility and I don’t think a bullet should buy you that. I think that when guys get shot or die, they [go] straight to the top, even if they shoot their d*mn self. I never got shot, I did the shooting.” (“The Morning Riot”)

Recently, Tip said his realization of the lack of gangsta music inspired his latest solo album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head.

“The main thing I noticed was that there was a shortage of gangsta sh*t. That’s what I came into the game admiring, and that was the genre I wanted to dominate: gangsta rap music. … I felt like my genre was dying, you know? If not dying, extremely injured, in critical condition like a [motherf*cker]. … It just made me anxious to get out and do something to re-energize the soul of what we grew up listening to.” (The Source)

Over Grammy Awards weekend, Ross spoke on nearly losing his life to gunfire weeks prior in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“Not at all, not at all,” Ross said when asked if there were any new developments since last month’s shooting. “No suspects and we’re not here to speculate on any suspects. I’m just staying positive, I’m moving forward and I’m just staying on top of my game. MMG. We got the biggest releases of the year, this year, coming. That’s my focus and I’m here — you most definitely got to make some adjustments [to your security] but at the same time, I’m gonna live my life and do what I love to do and that’s make music.” (MTV)

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