Rapper Freddie Gibbs delivers lyrical gems in the midst of COVID-19 chaos

Freddie Gibbs’ Alfredo, his album alongside producer and frequent collaborator The Alchemist, is as prolific a project the chronically unpredictable 2020 has seen or will see. “Brass knuckle lyricism,” music critic Yoh Phillips dubbed it the day of its release. But when Gibbs answers the phone on a recent Friday evening, there’s a familiar weight to his voice. For many black men and women like Gibbs, that weight is a generational heirloom — being black in a country that adores black culture, but not always the creators of it…

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