Freddie Gibbs’ next rap album could be his last. After Tweeter He was “going back to R&B” last week, the Grammy-nominated rapper told REVOLT on Wednesday (September 29) that he was ready to return to his musical roots. Gibbs is currently preparing to release SSS, his fifth solo studio album, which, he confirmed, is still “on the program”.
“This might be one of my last rap albums,” Gibbs told us during a stop on the tour in Newport, Ky. “I don’t need to rap anymore, man. After SSS, I’ll show you … I’m about to come out with an R&B album.
Although he won a Grammy nomination for best rap album and abandoned several classic hip hop projects, Gibbs made his musical debut singing in a choir and said he initially hoped to be signed as an artist. R&B.
“R&B is what I started doing before all this rap shit,” he explained. “Now, all of you, you just wanna make me rap all day, and I don’t wanna rap.” I want to go back to my roots. I tried to sign as an R&B singer in 2004, but every label in the world refused me. So I had to rap to get in the door.
“I tricked you into thinking I was a rapper,” the Alfredo the craftsman joked. “And I learned to rap so well – better than everyone else, it’s crazy.” So now I’m about to go back to this R&B. And all the niggas that didn’t wanna do songs with me, like Miguel and all the niggas, they gon ‘say, “What’s up, Gibbs?” And I’m about to be the king of that shit.
Gibbs further stated that “Gang Signs,” his February single with ScHoolboy Q, served as a “little preview” of his upcoming R&B project.
“It’s not a rap song, it’s R&B. I snuck up on you neither ** like and you loved it,” he said. “Put it in there, and you You’re all like, “Freddie Gibbs was talking about his shit!” Gibbs also suggested that the R&B project would mark the return of his character Freddie Kane, and even promised to grow his “hair back” for his release.
SSS, on the other hand, is poised to be a feature-length rap album. Gibbs has previously teased a laundry list of award-winning producers tapped into the effort – including Alchemist, Madlib, Hit-Boy and more – and said he has recorded more collaborations for an album than ever before.
“It’s a lot of collaborations,” said the 39-year-old. “I think this is the most number of collaborations on an album I’ve ever done, and I probably will do it again. I don’t think I’m going to do bullshit like this again.
“With that SSS shit, you get a Gibbs that’s like, you know, cool. Happy in the rap game, really participating, ”he continued. “I guess I’m involved in the rap game these days, so that’s the subject of this new album – collaboration, congregation and participation. I think I participated more, you see what I’m saying? But after that SSS shit, I don’t participate anymore. I’m going to start doing exactly what I want to do again – R&B. “
Gibbs released Alfredo, his joint project with Alchemist and the highest ranked album to date, last year. He is currently on tour through December, including scheduled performances at Day N Vegas and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.