Published May 13, 2014Sprouting between the success of Freddie Gibbs' collaboration with Madlib, Piñata, and his forthcoming project Eastside Slim, the street spitter grabbed a hold of the World's Freshest to release a ten-track EP full of surprises, titled The Tonite Show.
Opening with "Keep It Gangsta," Gibbs comes through full force, delivering the lyrics that he's known for over an infectious jazz-soul instrumental. Gangsta Gibbs acknowledges the journey he's taken to build his current discography, but still maintains the idea that he's a "G Like Dat." Hi-hats and '80s pop drive the song, one of two tracks produced by Mr. Tower on the EP. Gibbs channels Tupac's "I Get Around" on the hook, but still holds down an assertive delivery throughout the cut.
"B*tches, Dope and Dollers" features G-Wiz, while Sir Michael Rocks adds some new-school blood to "I Wanna Do It." Gibbs also calls on Problem for "On Me" (which fits perfectly with the spacey soundscape despite being previously released on Baby Face Killa in 2012), while the E-40-assisted cut sounds dated in comparison. Winding down the EP, Gibbs, Trae Tha Truth and Yukmouth exchange stories of their day-to-day hustles on "I Be On My Grind," but not without reflecting on the fruits of their labor over the relaxed beat.
The Tonite Show shows dynamism while creating a nostalgic sound that celebrates today's rap era. (Electric Empire Recordings/Fresh In The Flesh)