Incendiary spitter Freddie Gibbs recently voiced his opinions on the current state of hip-hop admitting he has not been impressed with the mass majority of rappers over the past few years.
While he declined to mention any names, the Indiana-bred emcee said his overall impression of rap has not been good as of late.
“Rap lost its edge man. I don’t wanna be a part of what’s been goin’ on in the past five years,” Gibbs said in an interview. “I wanna be taboo. I want your parents to not want my music in your iPod. I want your mom to be scared of what I’m talking about because it’s so real — That’s how it was when I was getting my first Geto Boys tape, my mom ain’t want that in my tape deck. So I want your parents to be afraid of what I’m doing.” (RapFix)
Rap veteran Rakim recently spoke on not fully adapting to today’s hip-hop trends.
“You care about it, but you don’t let it do nothing to you,” he explained in an interview. “It’s rap, it’s an album, some people will like it, some people won’t. Hip-hop is so diverse and mixed right now, you have a lot of fans who like radio-friendly hip-hop. I don’t do that. You have a lot of fans who like pop hip-hop. I don’t do that. You got a lot of fans that like different styles — I’m from my era, I’m known for doing a certain kind of music. I don’t want to switch off and do what Lil Wayne is doing. That ain’t Rakim. I can’t switch off and do what Wiz Khalifa‘s doing. That’s not Rakim. It’s hard trying to keep up with what’s going on and still keep your integrity and keep your logo and your brand of who you are with these times. I made a statement. [I] definitely wanted to bring about that awareness with a conscious album.” (Splash-Mag)
In April, former Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne credited artists like Drake and Lil Wayne for keeping hip-hop alive.
“I think the Drake kid has serious potential to go down in the history of rap,” Shyne explained in an interview. “I definitely get inspired. He’s not really a rapper. He’s a musician, you dig? He sings and he makes great music. I’m inspired by what he does…Most of the people I interact with are honest people. They are who they are. Drake is a kid that says ‘Listen, I’m not from the streets. I’m just making good music.’ Kanye’s a dude that doesn’t try to be anything other than who he is. [Lil] Wayne is really off the block…All the kids I respect and admire are truthful people. I like the kid Lupe Fiasco. I think he’s extraordinary. I’m really about truth, man. If you’re being honest and you have integrity, I’m all for you.” (Superstar Radio)
Last spring, Gibbs officially teamed up with rap star Young Jeezy‘s Corporate Thugz Entertainement label.
“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”)
Check out some recent Freddie Gibbs footage below: