Gary-bred gangsta rapper Freddie Gibbs is set to perform at Indy’s Jazz Kitchen on January 19th, presented by MOKB, Crush Entertainment and Knuckle Rumbler. Known for lyrics that reference the notoriously violent northern Indiana hellhole and a lightning-fast delivery, Gibbs has been compared to 90s gangsta royalty like 2Pac and garnered significant acclaim for his latest and only non-mixtape release, this year’s Str8 Killa EP. Generally acknowledged as one of hip hop’s rising stars, Gibbs’s short career has already included collaborations with southern rap aficionado Bun B and Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach, a feature in The New Yorker and a place among XXL’s 10 Freshmen for 2010. Tour dates, links and more info below.
FREDDIE GIBBS TO TOUR MIDWEST THIS JANUARY IN SUPPORT OF STR8 KILLA EP
Freddie Gibbs, the preeminent MC from Gary, Indiana, has announced a Midwestern headlining jaunt this winter, delivering songs from his numerous mixtapes as well as the Str8 Killa EP that dropped on Decon this August. Freddie has spent a great deal of 2010 in the studio while making one-off appearances on stages in every corner of the country and is primed to devastate audiences with his razor sharp delivery.
A Midwest native, Freddie Gibbs appeared on the national radar with the release of The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs andMidwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik in 2009. Critics immediately took to his menacing lyrics delivered with a flawless double-time cadence, and Freddie was christened one of the Freshman Top Ten by XXL Magazine. He has gone on to rack up accolades from the likes of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, Pitchfork and The Fader for his 2010 efforts, the Str8 Killa No Filla mixtape and the subsequent Str8 Killa EP.
Freddie’s incomparable crowd control is a sight to witness. A haze of thick smoke hangs above the stage as he rides the booming low end and skittering hi-hats of internet hits such as “The Ghetto” and “National Anthem”, both of which have also seen video spins on MTV. Backed by a colorful supporting entourage, Freddie holds audiences captive in the palm of his free hand while wielding the microphone and coaxing the crowd into a frenzied sea of waving hands and nodding heads.
“Freddie Gibbs is the one rapper I would put money on right now.” - Sasha Frere Jones for THE NEW YORKER
“His is sleeves-rolled-up, steak-and-potatoes rap, speedily delivered and so lean and direct that he’s been able to make believers out of anyone hungry for a new American narrative” - THE FADER
DOWNLOAD STR8 KILLA NO FILLA HERE:
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “THE GHETTO” HERE:
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “NATIONAL ANTHEM” HERE:
FREDDIE GIBBS JANUARY TOUR DATES:
1/14/10 – Chicago, IL – Metro/Tomorrow Never Knows Festival
1/15/10 – Madison, WI – High Noon
1/16/10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
1/18/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grop Shop
1/19/10 – Indianapolis, IN – Jazz Kitchen
1/20/10 – St. Louis, MO – The Gramophone
1/21/10 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
1/22/10 – Covington, KY – The Madhatter