Freddie Gibbs and Jeezy have not been on good terms since they’ve gone their separate ways. In late 2012, Gibbs left CTE and told various media outlets the split was because of business reasons. Nearly two years later, Gangsta Gibbs has been relentless in his disdain for Jeezy, taking every opportunity to let the rap world know where they stand. Just when things have cooled down a bit, Gibbs took to Twitter last December and threw a few more jabs at Da Snowman. Although he didn’t confirm or deny if a diss track was coming out, Gibbs does promise one more shot in the barrel before he’s officially done with his rival.
But there’s still a side of Gibbs that wants to end the hostility. While XXL has watched their beef unfold, Gibbs won’t stop until the Atlanta trapstar offers up an apology. During our phone conversation last week—which also revealed that he’s working on a new album—Gibbs dropped game on his life after CTE, why he’s still going at Jeezy’s neck, and how his uncensored behavior is similar to the late Pimp C. Lay it down. —Eric Diep
On Life After CTE:
Freddie Gibbs: ”I definitely evolved out of it. It was just growing pains, grown mistakes. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of something in the music industry. When you go to the team in the NBA, you think that team is going to win the championship, but they don’t. I’m pretty sure when Mike Vick went to the Eagles, he probably thought he’d be in the Super Bowl right now. He didn’t think Nick Foles would be starting and he’d be on the bench, on the way out.
“Everything don’t work out the way you plan. It is what it is. You live and you learn. I learned a lot from that situation. Right now, I am in a real positive place with my music. I’m getting bread. I’m cool, man. I am living a good life off of rap. I can’t really complain. I don’t gotta do the same things that I used to to feed myself. When I made ‘National Anthem,’ my nigga, I was still selling crack and drugs and shit. When I was on that XXL cover, you best believe I was still in the dope game. You know what I’m saying? Like, heavy. I didn’t have no label. I didn’t even know why the fuck y’all wanted me there. I was like, ‘Okay, cool.’ I was going with the flow. I was doing whatever I had to do to survive even then. I was still…a nigga still robbing and all kind of shit. Back then, I was still in the trenches and didn’t get all the way out until recently. I got a company now, I’m established. I don’t have to do the same things that I had to do to make money.”
Read on for more about Gibbs’ beef with Jeezy and why he feels like Pimp C