Freddie Gibbs sure put that work in. Gradually gaining interest in the rap community with the strong ESGN and his bona fide breakthrough of a collaboration with Madlib, Piñata, it's snuck up on us, but Freddie Gibbs has been on our radars for quite some time. Freddie marks Gibbs’ fifth full length release since establishing his flow, confident and persistent as ever.

Freddie opens with ‘Weight’ where Gibbs is back to discussing his gangster lifestyle, “Strippin' lots a pasta like a mobster, I make truffle that/ Got a quarter milli in my trunk, underneath the duffle that/ Duffle that, where my duffle at?” The instrumental behind Gibbs rhymes serves as a darker, moody trap beat with harsh percussion. Nine out of the ten tracks on Freddie are under three minutes, and with ten tracks the whole affair moves at a quick pace. Considering the spirit of these songs is natural and free, Gibbs’ latest is an honest approach to rap without gimmicks or flashy lyrics.

‘Death Row’ includes Freddie’s first feature from LA based rapper 03 Greedo. Gibbs opens the track with witty lines alluding to his gang lifestyle selling drugs and avoiding interactions with the police, “Smoking with a package then the package get you fucked off/ When they sent the po-po to my door but y'all was ducked off/ Fuckin' up a plate of sushi wontons with the duck sauce.” Later in the song 03 Greedo pays homage to Eazy E with a line that dates back to the classic flow from ‘Boyz-N-Tha-Hood,’ “Cruisin' through the city in my oh-eighteen/ Sendin' the bitches, servin' the fiends/ Ridin' through the street, just caught a lick/ Take that flip and I caught my first brick.” Greedo’s career was seeming to take off up until he was charged with 20 years in prison earlier this year.

Notably sampling the classic Roy Ayers, ‘2 Legit’ stands out as one of the more funk-rooted songs on Freddie. The song moves with a similar flow where Gibbs is doing what he does best; his relaxed tone sets the precedent that Gibbs is more laid back than younger emcees who feel like they still have to prove themselves. ‘FLFM (Interlude)’ feels a little out of place and uncharacteristic of the rest of the trap-heavy album. The r&b style vocals flow over a soft, slow beat which makes the song feel random in comparison to the rest of Freddie.

‘FBC’ aka Fendi Buckle Coat is another short trap track with Gibbs’ usual gangster rap. The flow in the versus features a pause before the last syllable “Buckingham Palace with the Palace on, I'm high as f*ck/ 15 grams of yayo on the table, bitch come line 'em up/ Brought 2 pounds of killer on my tour bus, but that ain't enough.” Gibbs’ Freddie is an easily digestible trap album, not revolutionary or underwhelming but average considering Gibbs’ catalogue of work. If nothing else, this release has rap fans on their toes for the long-awaited next collaboration between Gibbs and Madlib, Bandana, which has been rumored to be released later this year.