Fresh off the release of his collaborative Bandana album with Madlib, Freddie Gibbs stopped by Los Angeles radio station 92.3 to promote the LP and discuss a variety of topics — he even confirmed a third joint project with Madlib. Notably, following a 30-minute-plus conversation with Bootle Kev and DJ Hed, the acclaimed 37-year-old lyricist decided to close out the exchange with a sharp freestyle over Drake‘s recent “Money in the Game” single.
“My last five things, starting with Shadow of a Doubt to You Only Live Twice to Freddie to Fetti to Bandana now — I don’t like reading raps off a paper or nothing like that. So I just really been memorizing raps and not really writing them, and it’s just straight off the head,” Freddie Gibbs recently told Billboard, explaining how he creates bars like those contained in his “Money in the Grave” freestyle. “I’ve been doing it like that lately because I feel like it’s more feeling. And if I f*ck up, I just can start over. I think that having a more free flowing style and being more loose with my songwriting and rapping, it gives me a better feel with a beat now … I feel like my style is more loose the last like five projects and I’ve been perfecting that up until right now. And also just the different circumstances that I’ve been going through just my fuel the lyrics for me.”
You can check out Freddie Gibbs’ “Money in the Grave” freestyle for Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed’s Real 92.3 program above.
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