Freddie Gibbs Blasts Young Jeezy, Says “Anything He Tells You, It’s Going To Be Fake”


Over the weekend, Freddie Gibbs was in New York City to perform at Governors Ball in Randalls Island. The 2010 XXL Freshmen became a free agent in December after splitting with Young Jeezy’s CTE label. Since then, Gibbs has spoke on the situation with Chicago’s The Morning Riot, pointing out that the relationship wasn’t amicable and he was better off making moves on his own. A few months later, Gibbs still has some things to get off his chest.

After his set, XXL caught up with Gibbs to speak on his new album ESGN, Cocaine Pinata’s tentative October release, and why he no longer respects Young Jeezy.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)

XXL: You got this album coming out soon, ESGN. Can you tell me the backstory behind the title?
Freddie Gibbs: I am the evil seed. I am the bad guy—you know what I am saying? I just think everything I am doing in this game is a natural process. Nothing [is] forced. Nothing at all. I think when it comes to credibility in this game, you gotta think about me. Shit, ain’t nobody realer than me in this game. Definitely not Jeezy, so I am about to show you all that.

What’s the difference between ESGN and The Neck Tie Party that you announced a year ago?
That was something that I was experimenting with. Madlib and me, it’s called Cocaine Pinata. That’s the new album. I was gonna call it the Madlib album that but I changed my mind.

Is ESGN your debut album?
It’s a street album. My debut was probably five years ago, man. I don’t really know what a debut album is no more. As long as you got music on the streets, you’ve debuted. I ain’t on no major. Everything independent. Either way it goes, I am doing me and I am doing Freddie Gibbs.

When the tracklist hit, the Internet went nuts. It seems like a big album.
I think it’s going to be a big deal too. It’s going to be my first solo shit. Me separating from CTE. I’m extremely happy about that. Because a lot of guys wrote me off, Jeezy included. He really wrote me off. I am about to show that nigga what it really is. I am about to open that nigga’s eyes up and show that nigga that I mean motherfucking business. He wrote a nigga off, but I am definitely about to show that nigga that I mean business. And show that nigga who the realest nigga in it. That’s what I am on now.

Has life after CTE been good for you?
Life after CTE…life been good. Before CTE and after CTE. I never took a dollar from cus anyway. It ain’t never been about life being good. My life been the same. I’ve been the same nigga. I’ve been doing my thing. Still been feeding my niggas. Still been feeding my family. Like I said, I never took a dollar ever from Jeezy in my life. Everything been on my grind and my hustle. I put BFK (Baby Face Killa) out myself with no support from Jeezy. I shot and did videos myself with no support from Jeezy. Like that it matters. Like I said, I got my own core, my fanbase. At the end of the day, I been my own man.

This album is going to be definitive of that fact. It’s going to show people, ‘Look, I didn’t need cus, cus needed me.’ I was bringing something to the table at CTE. I don’t need CTE. I went to CTE because I fucked with CTE. Because I had love for what cus had. It was a genuine love, that’s why I went over there for nothing. ‘Man look, let’s partner up. Let’s do this.’ I fucked with you. I respect you. Now, that respect is gone.

Was Jeezy supportive of you doing your own thing?
Fuck no. Anything he tells you, it’s going to be fake. I am going to give you the real. He gonna give you the sugarcoated version. That’s the difference between me and him. He gonna give you the sugarcoated shit, I am going to give you the real. At first, when that whole split happened, I was being political about it. I was thinking, ‘Man, I don’t want to fuck up my relationship.’ But fuck that shit, my nigga. I’m feeding the whole city. That nigga don’t do shit for me. I am going to point a nigga out when he bogus and he was bogus for not owing up to his business relationship and doing what he was supposed to do business-wise. Like I said, I never needed the nigga to do nothing for me, but do what you said what you were gonna do. You don’t hold true to your word, I don’t respect you. So I don’t respect no nigga that don’t hold true to his word. All that shit you rapping; I don’t respect none of that shit.

To wrap up, is Cocaine Pinata coming this year?
Yeah, that’s coming this year. October. It’s done. We got ESGN, my new album, July 9. Str8 Killa Pt. 2, that’s coming. That’s gonna be an EP. That’s coming around back to school time around the same time as the Madlib album.

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  • ig

    you a dumb ass nigga CTE OR DIE

    • Musashi

      I respect Jeezy too but his beef seems legitimate.

  • G

    nah fuk jeezy. dont get me wrong, i still fuk with trap or die, all that shit, the nicca can make music, but gotdamn, this was the right move for fred. he’s got bars for days more so than jeezy. go look up any video of them freestylin, i think jeezy was a little jealous and afraid.

    “real recognize real and this nicca the realest”

    salute, and watching for that cocaine pinata and esgn!

  • sam

    what fans rep CTE? Wtf is yall on? CTE? Really?

  • Fullbloodedgemini

    Maybe he aint press putting you out cuz you garbage fam. Sounds more to me like jealousy not legitimate press release. Anything to draw attention and get some album sales huh?

    • Fresh87

      If that’s the case,why did jeezy sign him in the first place? Please think before you say things!

      • King James

        Jeezy signed him to see what his potential REALLY was. Before he got wit CTE, Freddie had a lil buzz but nothin’ real big and i would go as far to say that freddie was fallin off before he got wit CTE. Signin wit Jeezy put a small amount of life back in freddie’s buzz. Then Freddie dropped one or two mixtapes while he was wit CTE that really didn’t do anything and weren’t that good. After that happened i’m sure Jeezy saw for a fact that dude really did need Jeezy to get his career going in a major way. Freddie really wasn’t bring anything to the table either. Drake and Nicki brought something real to the table for Wayne. Wale brought somethin to the table for Ross. It was jus business, but it’s clear Gibbs takin it personal.

        • Guest

          All those name you said Wale Nicki Drake had buzz before they signed to a major so who ever they would of signed to with the right push they would been the same how they are now Wale dropped an album but his label didn’t pushed him with the right ceo ross pushed him now look! freddie just being honest jeezy not good with putting his artist out and pushing them

        • Naim

          All those name you said Wale Nicki Drake had a big buzz before they signed to a major so who ever they would of signed to with the right push they would of been the same how they are now Wale dropped an album but his label didn’t pushed him with the right ceo ross started to pushed him now look! freddie just being honest jeezy not good with putting his artist out and pushing them

          • King James

            “All those name you said Wale Nicki Drake had a big buzz before they signed to a major so who ever they would of signed to with the right push they would of been the same how they are now”

            That’s what i mean by bring something to the table. ANY major success Freddie would’ve/could’ve had on CTE, Jeezy would have had to put in some major work to get him there. Wayne had to do very little to get his artist where they are at now, which is what i believe Jeezy was lookin for, not somebody he had to be totally hands on with and build almost from the bottom. Same with Wale, Ross didn’t have to do any major work get Wale where he’s at because Wale was already bringing a lot to the table.

          • King James

            Same thing happened with Ross and Pill. Ross signed Pill based of the lil buzz he had and thought Pill had potential. Pill dropped a couple mixtapes while was on MMG and they both did horrible and Ross let him go. Meanwhile when Meek and Wale dropped their tapes when they signed with MMG their tapes did great. They both went on to droppin’ albums on MMG. This is just business. Artist always think it’s the labels fault when things don’t go as planned. “If the label would’ve pushed it, it would’ve been successful.” Naw, the label jus avoided a catastrophe and saved themselves some money, which is what Jeezy did. Gibbs ain’t that hot, he’s not sayin anything another rapper hasn’t said already nor is he giving it to you in some unique that you haven’t heard before. Now he’s got an album droppin so he decides to throw Jeezy under the bus cause that’s really the only way he can generate any kind of buzz for his album.

  • dee

    dont bite the hand that fed you

    • BlackPower3

      He never got fed thefuck you talkin bout .

  • DrMarvin Godindaflesh Hester

    y yall bullshittin an sleepin,cte jus signed some boyz out of Detroit,an dey finna light up da rap game/I garuntee u dat

    • Trill Clinton

      Doubt it

  • Jay Peay

    U see how reporters Twist shit up SMH Gibbs saying business wise jeezy be fakin not the music is fake. when i seen the headline I thought he was coming at jeezy side ways about his music but Gibbs should of known half of the game full of shit. A deal like lensing ya soul after 2 years they gonna replace u with the new shit. Word to Gibbs stand on ya own two feet homie dont depend on no man especially another hood nigga

    • jlvg

      did u read the interview?he is coming at him both ways lol fred said he dont respect none of that shit jeezy rapping about and he lost all respect for dude cuz he dont hold up to his words……and for all you niggas thinking jeezy put him on,YALL DUMB as fuck,fred been eating and making hot tracks way before he messed with CTE

      • Jay Peay

        I Didnt even know he was on CTE to be honest

        • Naim

          maybe because you don’t pay attention like how you didn’t see that he said everything jeezy does is fake which 70% is true I know people in CTE that left jeezy because he don’t know how to take care of business

  • Milli

    seems legit, the jeezy beef, if you look at cte itself no one on the label has ever put out a album, most likey jeezy signed gibbs to get hype for tm103, either way jeezy has fallen off, he hasn’t advanced in any ways, still rapping bout the same shit. This year will make or break gibbs, if he dont start a movement we wont here from him again after this.

    at least he cleaned up his language for the last interview. Love for gibbs…dont fuk it up.

  • j

    #SnowmanKilla Fuck Jeezy, Gibbs ghostwrote a lot of his recent verses…I dont think Jeezy paid him well enough

  • itsmeho

    Two favorite rappers I hate that this shit has come to this real talk. Its still CTE or NOTHING and ESGN till the day my heart stop beating.

  • Jay Peay

    I swear ppl on the internet kill me yall just ride the wave yall saying Fuck Jeezy now but yall still gonna be bumping his new mixtape when it come out

  • Warren

    Realize that pretty much all of his interview are gonna be set along the lines of discussing his estranged relationship with Jeezy/CTE…that means NO ONE REALLY CARES!

  • PapaGUnit

    it’s difficult loving both artists…

  • Kizman

    REALIST rapper in the game RIGHT NOW! got 4-5 mixtapes of HIGH quality.

  • Nick Boyd

    Gibbs is my favorite rapper. Jeezy’s kinda falling off, dude doesn’t put out a consistent stream of music out. FG real af. He been all over the map. he lived in Milwaukee and I hear stories of him putting in work even up here, let alone livin in Chicago and South Central and Gary. Dude could go to any hood he wants and get accepted. Not to mention he’s the illest gangsta rapper out now. His technique shits on damn near everyone

  • dee

    hahahahahahaha my thing is this, why niggaz do this shit a month or so before they album drop? lol

  • m

    gibbs all the way

  • Fullbloodedgemini

    Its what you call a prospect. He might have heard a cpl tight cuts and said im a snatch him up. Then realized he garbage when he actually got him in the booth. Why u think he aint let him release no album.

    • Naim

      no it’s called you don’t know how to market your artist!!! Waka Flocka not A good rapper but he can make hits and he has A great Ceo behind him Gucci Mane and Deb waka mom. Jeezy never knew how to market his artist blood raw dropped an album but that was it blood raw didn’t sell good but you going to take loses in this game like rick ross did Wale went gold 550k Ross went Gold 700k but meek flopped he still at 340k but you cant say oh well im not putting anymore of my artist albums out because there flopping no you have to in order to get more money from the label MMG sign to & you have to move on and put more albums out. these Ceo’s these days think a young buck pose to came into this rap game and you have to blow up right there and now that’s not the case people like Drake, wale, Kendrick lamar, chief keef …etc… build there buzz before they sign to a major label a person like Freddie gibbs has the talent to blow but it’s up to the artist that are trying to play ceo to pull the strings to get there albums out

  • Bruhman404

    Gucci more real than Jeezy but everybody much rather hear Jeezy…he signed Dopeboyz Cashout and Scrilla left CTE right after Freddie left…see what happened to Bloodraw…jeezy had to have did something for him to diss him right after he got “dropped” from CTE…shit is looking fishy right now

  • KingChandler

    I fuck with Gibbs music heavy, been a fan since he dropped The Miseducation, not gonna lie though, that Doughboyz Cashout joint with Jeezy called Mob Life is a banger.