5 June, 2014@10:33 pm
Hot of the heels of his collaborative album with Madlib, Pinata, Freddie Gibbs teams with Oakland producer DJ Fresh, aka The World’s Freshest for The Tonite Show. A concise ten tracks – three of them skits – Gibbs delivers an equally solid follow-up, with a slightly different flavor.
Spending time in L.A. has definitely influenced the Gary, Indiana emcee, as evidenced here, as songs like “G Like That” and “On Me” (feat. Problem) show heavy west coast, g-funk influence. However its clear this EP was done on a budget, lacking the crisp mixing quality you might find from a Dr. Dre or similar artists from the region. In a sense, its decidedly lo-fi sound isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially following a similar approach from Madlib.
So its not to say that Fresh’s approach is a negative; it almost gives the album a retro feel, harking back to the eras when most hip-hop didn’t have a slick studio shine. Fresh’s sound is dope, as he channels the Cali ocean breeze into mellow, sunroof down tracks like “I Wanna Do It” and “Keep It Gangsta”. Still, we’d love to see what he could do with some more expensive equipment behind him.
While not the strongest release from Gibbs catalog, its not the weakest either. Its nice to see him team with a relatively new producer, and the album acts as a nice appetizer for whatever his next big release might be.
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