Freddie Gibbs and Madlib first introduced the world to their magical connection in 2012 when they released their classic album, Piñata. Although it took nearly seven years to return with their equally powerful follow-up Bandana, both Gibbs and Madlib claim that they've never stopped working together. This proved to be a conflict of interest when Gibbs revealed to Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg that Kanye West's "No More Parties in LA" was originally his beat that Madlib sent to Kendrick Lamar and Ye.
"That was my beat really," Gibbs said when talking about the freestyle he did in 2016 over the instrumental. "They just got on it before I did. I had to show 'em how to do it." After playfully suggesting Kanye and Kendrick stole his beat, Madlib stepped in to explain that he gave them around 100 beats and that Kanye and Kendrick "rapped over a bunch of stuff," but that was the only song they decided to put out. As mentioned, Gibbs got his revenge by jacking the beat back for the 2016 track, "Cocaine Parties in LA."
In addition to securing Madlib's first radio interview, Rosenberg brought out a rare, emotional side of Freddie Gibbs. In 2016, Gibbs was arrested in France on accusations that he raped a woman during a previous show in Austria. Although it was later revealed that the incident never occurred leading to his acquittal, Gibbs disclosed to Rosenberg that Bandana has a certain sense of vulnerability because most of the album was written while he was in an Austrian jail.
"I knew three years ago where I was at... I know what I did to make this," Gibbs said while choking back tears. "There was a lot of nights. A lot of bad nights. A lot of rough nights... this album was a form of therapy... I said a lot of things on this record that maybe I wouldn't have said if I wasn't facing 10 years in prison."
Now with ASAP Rocky being held up in a Sweden prison and possiblity facing time if convicted for assault, Gibbs' reflection is more proof that there should be justice for Rocky. You can sign the change.org petition here.