The road to success is always a tough one, just ask Freddie Gibbs. Signed to Interscope Records in 2005, he left the label without ever releasing an album. But instead of giving up, the hustler from Gary, Indiana got back in the booth and dropped critically acclaimed mixtapes like midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmusik and The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs. The road has been getting smoother for Gangsta Gibbs as he recently graced XXL's 2010 "Freshman" cover and is preparing for the release of his highly anticipated EP, Str8 Killa, on August 3rd. Freddie held a listening session last week in downtown NYC, so read on to see whether his struggle paid dividends...

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