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Freddie Gibbs 'Story to Tell' Playlist

“1985”:

The leadoff song from Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist’s Grammy-nominated album, “Alfredo.” Amid some the most exquisite rapping ever committed to tape, Gibbs namechecks 2020 cultural milestones such as the Michael Jordan-themed documentary “The Last Dance” and Joe Exotic.

“4 Thangs” by Freddie Gibbs Featuring Big Sean and Hit-Boy:

In closing out what was a banner year (2020) for him, Gibbs gave us his first offering as a major-label solo artist, “4 Thangs,” featuring Big Sean and Hit-Boy. A celebratory anthem. Trophies abound.

“Palmolive” by Freddie Gibbs Featuring Pusha T and Killer Mike:

Three lyrical titans connect on this standout track from Gibbs and Madlib’s “Bandana” album. Three very different artists — all with unorthodox career trajectories that helped make them underground heroes and mainstream favorites.

“Scottie Beam” by Freddie Gibbs Featuring Rick Ross:

In our interview, Gibbs talks about his connection with Rick Ross and how enthused he was to work with the Biggest Boss. Their first collaboration, “Scottie Beam,” is a winner. Let’s hope it marks the start of a long creative partnership.

“$500 Ounces” by Westside Gunn Featuring Freddie Gibbs and Roc Marciano:

Gibbs is a feature assassin. Every time he touches someone else’s track, he shows up and shows out. His appearance on “$500 Ounces” proves no exception. Marciano and Gunn’s verses are equally enjoyable.

“Crime Pays”:

Complete with pet zebras, horses, mountains and Gibbs doing farm work, the accompanying music video to this song is masterful.

“Skinny Suge”:

Suge Knight was long known as the boogeyman of hip-hop. Alongside Alchemist, Freddie sets his sights on being the skinny version of the one-time kingpin. The slow-rolling, eerie instrumental provides a perfect backdrop.

“Thuggin’”:

The first of the Gibbs and Madlib collaborations, dating back to 2011. Then affectionately known as MadGibbs, the duo set the tone for its ongoing run with “Thuggin’” and the song’s accompanying video.

“Practice”:

The infamous Allen Iverson “practice” soundbite gets turned into an introspective song about the ups and downs of Gibbs’ love life.

“Womb 2 the Tomb” by Freddie Gibbs Featuring Pill:

One of Gibbs’ first big splashes as a mixtape artist, this 2009 collaboration with fellow 2010 “XXL” Freshman Pill was a fan favorite and garnered major support on the blog circuit.

“Something to Rap About” by Freddie Gibbs Featuring Tyler, the Creator:

Fans waited years for an official Gibbs and Tyler, the Creator collaboration. Their patience paid off. The artists’ chemistry is apparent, and Tyler gives Gibb an extended verse teeming with potency.

“Harold’s”:

An ode to the Chicagoland fried-chicken staple, Harold’s Chicken Shack. All Gibbs needs is a six-piece drenched in mild sauce, add fries.

“Babies & Fools” by Freddie Gibbs Featuring Conway the Machine:

In 2020 alone, Gibbs swapped verses with every core member of the Griselda team — including Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher, Conway the Machine and even Boldy James. Every time, the results are stellar.

“BFK”:

A fan favorite from Gibbs’ mixtape era, “BFK” is a tribute to his hometown of Gary, Indiana, and the sinister intro to his “Baby Face Killa” (2012) project.

“Anything to Survive”:

Gibbs joins forces with Philadelphia Freeway and Chicago’s own Sly Polaroid for a heartfelt track about the struggles of everyday life and how to navigate the troubling world.

Andrew Barber is the owner/creator of Fake Shore Drive, a Chicago-based media, management and events company founded in 2007. Andrew is also a playlist curator, published music journalist, artist manager, brand and record label consultant and media personality. Andrew currently sits as Governor of The Recording Academy’s Grammy board. His radio show, The Drive on Shade 45, airs weekly on SiriusXM, and has been on air for over six years. He has also hosted programming on MTV and one of Chicago’s top radio stations, 107.5 WGCI-FM. As a journalist, Andrew has been published in publications such as VICE, Complex, Fader, XXL, Mass Appeal and more. Andrew’s company, Fake Shore Drive, has been instrumental in the rise of Chicago’s hip-hop scene, having helped cultivate the careers of Chance the Rapper, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Vic Mensa and the many other gold- and platinum-selling artists.

Andrew Barber is the owner/creator of Fake Shore Drive, a Chicago-based media, management and events company founded in 2007. Andrew is also a playlist curator, published music journalist, artist manager, brand and record label consultant and media personality. Andrew currently sits as Governor of The Recording Academy’s Grammy board. His radio show, The Drive on Shade 45, airs weekly on SiriusXM, and has been on air for over six years. He has also hosted programming on MTV and one of Chicago’s top radio stations, 107.5 WGCI-FM. As a journalist, Andrew has been published in publications such as VICE, Complex, Fader, XXL, Mass Appeal and more. Andrew’s company, Fake Shore Drive, has been instrumental in the rise of Chicago’s hip-hop scene, having helped cultivate the careers of Chance the Rapper, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Vic Mensa and the many other gold- and platinum-selling artists.

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