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Fredrick Jamal Tipton, better known by his stage name Freddie Gibbs, is an American rapper and songwriter. He is most known for his modern incarnation of gangsta rap, and proficient word play and rapping ability.

Early Life[]

Gibbs was born on June 14, 1982 in Gary, Indiana. He played football during his college years following an athletic scholarship for Ball State University, but was eventually expelled for truancy. When he was 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in the Pre-Trial diversion, due to his theft and gun charges. He was honorably discharged eight months in for being caught smoking marijuana.

At an unknown date, Gibbs began to work in a local mall in his hometown. He met producer Finger Roll, who had the only studio in the city. Gibbs joined onto Finger Roll's No Taming Crew and began his venture into rap.

Career[]

In 2004, he debuted his first mixtape, Full Metal Jackit, following it up with a sequel a year later. During the same year, he signed onto Interscope Records, and begun to work on his debut studio album. However, the executive who signed him, Joe Weingberger, left the company, and his contract was dropped in late 2006. Gibbs would continue making music independently, and released his debut extended play Str8 Killa in August 2010.

In 2011, Gibbs was signed to CTE World by Young Jeezy. In February that year, Gibbs collaborated with artist King Chip and rap duo The Cool Kids, and formed the supergroup "P.O.C. (Pulled Over by Cops)". In October 2011, he released his mixtape Cold Day in Hell, which garnered attention from companies such as Pitchfork and XXL, and eventually Gibbs would appear on the Freshman Class of 2010 for XXL.

Between 2011 and 2012, Gibbs would collaborate with producer Madlib for two extended plays, Thuggin, and Shame, which released in September 2011 and June 2012 respectively. The EPs served as preludes to his collaboration album with Madlib, titled Cocaine Piñata, which was later shortened to Piñata. During September 2012, Gibbs would release another mixtape titled Baby Faced Killa, with the track "Still Livin'" making an appearance on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto V in 2013. In December 2012, GIbbs announced he would be leaving CTE World, and that him and Jeezy were still good friends.

On May 27, 2013, Gibbs announced his debut studio album, ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally), and would be released from his own record label of the same name. However, the album was leaked online, causing Gibbs to release it three weeks early from it's original release date. In September 2013, Gibbs and Madlib released the final EP in their prelude trilogy for Piñata, and released the album on March 14, 2014. The album was a commercial and critical success and peaked on #39 on Billboard 200, and was ranked #7 on US Top Rap Albums. During the summer of 2014, Gibbs would collaborate with other artists such as A$AP Ferg and Young Thug. In 2015, Gibbs released a three-track EP, Pronto, and his second studio album, Shadow of a Doubt.

In 2017, Gibbs released his third album, You Only Live 2wice in March of that year, and was preceded by the album's only single, "Crushed Glass". During 2018, Gibbs would release his fourth studio album, Freddie, without any promotion or announcements, and would release a collaboration album with rapper C Curren$y and producer The Alchemist, titled Fetti.

Back in 2016, Gibbs and Madlib would announce their second collaboration album, Bandana, which then saw production in 2019. The album's first two singles, "Flat Tummy Tea" and "Bandana", released in February and March that year respectively. The album released on June 28, 2019, with the album also receiving critical acclaim.

During 2020, Gibbs announced another collaboration with producer The Alchemist, titled Alfredo. The album's first single, "1985", released on May 28, 2020, with the album releasing the next day. The album was met with acclaim and praise, debuting at #15 on Billboard 200, making it Gibbs and Alchemist's highest charting album to date, and it was even nominated to win Best Rap Album during the 2020 Grammy Awards, only losing to Nas' King's Disease.

A month after the release of Alfredo, Gibbs signed on to Warner Records, and released four singles, "4 Thangs", "Gang Signs", "Big Boss Rabbit" and "Black Illuminati" on October 2020, February 2021, April 2021 and September 2021 respectively. Gibbs would have a cameo role on the Starz drama series Power Book IV: Force, marking his debut in acting.

Gibbs is scheduled to release an album later in 2022, titled Soul Sold Separately.

Discography[]

Studio albums[]

  • ESGN (Evil Seed Grows Naturally) (2013)
  • Shadow of a Doubt (2015)
  • You Only Live 2wice (2017)
  • Freddie (2018)
  • Soul Sold Separately (2022)

Collaborative albums[]

  • Piñata (with Madlib) (2014)
  • Fetti (with Curren$y and The Alchemist) (2018)
  • Bandana (with Madllib) (2019)
  • Alfredo (with The Alchemist) (2020)

Extended plays[]

  • Str8 Killa (2010)
  • Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away (2011)
  • Thuggin' (2011)
  • Shame (2012)
  • Deeper (2013)
  • The Tonite Show (2014)
  • Knicks (Remix) (2014)
  • Pronto (2015)

Mixtapes[]

  • Full Metal Jackit (2004)
  • Full Metal Jackit Vol. 2 (2004)
  • This Is My Hustle (2005)
  • Big Bizness (2005)
  • Big Bizness 2 (2006)
  • Gangsta Island (2007)
  • Big Bizness 3 (2007)
  • Gangsta Island 2 (2007)
  • Live From Gary, Indiana (2007)
  • Live From Gary Indiana 2 (2009)
  • The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs (2009)
  • Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik (2009)
  • Str8 Killa No Filla (2010)
  • Str8 Slammin' (2011)
  • F**kin' Wit Fred (2011)
  • Str8 Slammin' 2 (2011)
  • Str8 Slammin' 3 (2011)
  • Cold Day In Hell (2011)
  • Baby Face Killa (2012)
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