Freddie Gibbs aka the Baby Face Killa’s roots lie in Gary, Indiana, but the Midwest veteran sounds like he’s plucked from the tree of hip-hop’s most influential artists from various regions. The gangsta grit of Three Six Mafia sprinkled with the southern flair of Scarface, and lyrical prowess of Ice Cube are traits that make Freddie Gibbs extremely versatile in his craft. He’s shown an excellent sense for chemistry as well, delivering the soul-filled cult classic Pinata with legendary producer Madlib, the trap-inspired Freddie with Kenny Beats, and his long-awaited collaboration project with Curren$y and the Alchemist titled Fetti this year. On Tuesday night, Freddie Gibbs devotees flocked to the small but intimate U St. Music Hall to rap along to Gangsta Gibbs best.
Gibbs displayed his charisma early by singing “Now and Later Gators,” a track that would fit perfectly into The Mack or Willie Dynamite’s playlist. Despitehis menacing laid-back flow, the crowd showed appreciation for his romantic side by singing just as smoothly in unison. Gibbs had a tendency for performing songs as acapella before the production cuts in, which worked extremely well with songs like “Thuggin’” and “Harold’s’” as it exemplified his precision with wordplay. Gangsta Gibbs’s strongest moments during his set arrived when the bass was felt in the chest performing “Automatic,” west coast inspired and ‘03 Greedo assisted “Death Row,” and “Fuckin’ Up the Count” which was ordered for an immediate replay by Gibbs himself. Gibbs was just as passionate on stage with his songs as his audience who chanted each and all of his lyrics for his hour performance.
Opening for Freddie Gibbs was Louisiana-native Caleb Brown, and Los Angeles bred G- Perico. G-Perico’s latest project Guess What? Is out now.