Gibbs lets loose on his eponymous titled fourth album. Freddie hits hard like a brick, from the production crew featuring Gibbs himself (as Freddie Kane), Kenny Beats, Adrian Lau and RichGains, among others, to the razor-sharp wordplay that heads have come to expect from the Indiana-born initiator of 'Gangster Revivalism' (peep Thuggin' from 2012's collab with Madlib for a primer). Rowdy, limber, and wild at times, Gibbs is unapologetic in his delivery on tracks like "Death Row" and "Automatic", yet never veers off-course and at times dips into the silky soulful mode with tracks like "Triple Threat". On the album's finale "Diamonds 2" he samples the whispers of his three-year-old daughter Irie Jane Gibbs, opening himself up and allowing listeners a glimpse into the purpose of his craft. The album's a sublime work that demands back-to-back listens. And, c'mon, that "Miami Vice" lookin' suit on the cover (inspired by Teddy Pendergrass' album Teddy) is worth the cost of the album alone. 10 tracks in all pressed on pink colored vinyl (cause what color hits harder?). Released by Gibbs' own label ESGN.
- limited edition pink colored vinyl
- includes glossy inner sleeve
- digital download card included
- ESGN 2018
reviewed by RBG 12/2018