In what Times critic Jon Caramanica has tagged rap’s “post-truth” era, Freddie Gibbs remains committed to the craftsmanship and “reality rap” ethos of early Rap-a-Lot greats like the Convicts and Royal Flush. No lie, I’m not well-positioned to say whether Gangsta Gibbs is this generation’s real-est realist. But his appeal verily lies in his particular concern for verisimilitude, as evoked in hyper-competent, hard-boiled verses, delivered without any ad-lib references to what’s sewn on the seat of his jeans (true!).
Wed., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., 2013
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