GibbsStudio01EmmanuelBlackwell’s “Top 5 Dead or Alive” With the Lyrical Freddie Gibbs

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Freddie Gibbs exudes a relentless truth. This “Mouthpiece from the Midwest”, possesses an authenticity which is reflected in his unfiltered thoughts. Always the candid MC, Gibbs presents with a list of only five MCs that he considers worthy to be called “Top 5 Dead Or Alive.” We’re known for our signature “Top 5 Dead or Alive” lists at AllHipHop. According to Freddie Gibbs, which five MCs make this list, and why?


Freddie Gibbs: Eminem. Why, Eminem?

Freddie Gibbs: Because, technically, he’s the best rapper of all time. With words, he’s the best. The way he raps, the way he puts words together, his wordplay – nobody can do wordplay better than him. Which track from him best exemplifies his technical skills as an MC?

Freddie Gibbs: All of them. You can’t really pinpoint one, because Eminem raps better than everybody else. He has a tailor-made flow. Can’t nobody match it – not even me.


Freddie Gibbs: Biggie, because of his storytelling capability. His voice is one of the most unique voices in Rap, period. So, I think he was just an underdog; everybody wanted to root for him. He only gave us two albums. Did those albums change the genre, or do we just miss him?

Freddie Gibbs: [incredulous shrug] Well, those two albums are better than most n*gga’s careers. It doesn’t matter. A lot of people say that, ‘Biggie only had two albums.’ But, you couldn’t rap better than him on either one of them muthafu*ckas. How can he not be considered one of the best?


Freddie Gibbs: And, Tupac, of course! Why, ‘Pac? 

Freddie Gibbs: He’s just the best, overall. Favorite album, favorite verse, favorite track by, ‘Pac?

Freddie Gibbs: There’s so many – I can’t even name one. Tell me!

Freddie Gibbs: It’s hard to find a Tupac song that I don’t like. I’ll put it that way. Have you, or would you, make any posthumous collaborations with him?

Freddie Gibbs: Would I do a posthumous collaboration [with Tupac]? No! No; why not?

Freddie Gibbs: I think that sh*t is corny as f*ck. Posthumous collaborations are corny! Unless, it’s like some, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jay-Z sh*t, or like some Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z sh*t, or, like a mash-up or some sh*t. N*ggas that be doing songs with dead rappers – that sh*t is corny. Why’s that?

Freddie Gibbs: Because, you don’t know if that n*gga would do a song with you in real life. Unless it’s like Bun [B] doing a song with Pimp [C]. I love, Tupac! But, in real life, I don’t know if he would have f*cked with me. I would never jump on one of his records. So, it’s a respect thing; you think it’s too audacious to do that?

Freddie Gibbs: Yeah, it’s kinda lame. Do your own sh*t.

SCARFACE [laughter] Who else makes this list?

Freddie Gibbs: Scarface. Have you been able to work with him yet?

Freddie Gibbs: No; I would like to. I wish. He’s on my wish-list. For the last five years, I wished for that sh*t for Christmas. I ain’t got it yet. I love him to death.


Freddie Gibbs: Me and Jay-Z are the top fifth. Well, there really is no order. It’ll be me and Jay-Z. Why Freddie Gibbs?

Freddie Gibbs: Because, with them n*ggas, I think that’s the level that I gotta reach. Everybody else, I can probably rap better than them. There’s that confidence.

Freddie Gibbs: [nods head to emphasize point] I can probably rap better than everybody else. Oh, I forgot to add Bun [B]! I can’t rap better than Bun yet, but I’m working on it. I’m studying your moves! He’s a good teacher to have, so I’m studying his moves. I study his moves, like I said, I study, ‘Face. I look at these fools like that. And on the technical side, Eminem, can’t nobody really f*ck with his bars. On the technical side, a lot of n*ggas can’t f*ck with Bun [B]. I can’t give you just five n*ggas; it’s hard.

Anyway, like I was saying, you can’t have just five n*ggas. Get high and make raps. F*ck the police. Keep it pushing, [and] keep it real, man. Stop f*cking with all the bullsh*t.

The Sidebar

Freddie Gibbs is lyricism in motion. The EP, Thuggin’, demonstrates the ingenious duo of Gibbs and Madlib. The anticipated full-length album by the Gangsta from Gary, Indiana, and the Beat Konducta, is slated for a first quarter 2012 release. Also, the CTE recruit and Ski Beatz are in the midst of cultivating an album, It’s The World. The upcoming CTE project, will prove why Freddie Gibbs is here to stay!


  • H. U. S.

    Love the list, but at least he honest & real about his opinions! Hope these artists nowadays read this 4 real!

  • This man always tells you what he thinks.

  • he honest, but the list is garbage…

  • woody7755

    love the list

  • rep87


  • Just_Da_damaja

    no such thing as a top 5…

    its just a Top 3 after Rakim and KRS…who essentially OWN the first 2 spots.

    In that case …for me its

    3 – Jay-Z
    4 – Nas
    5 – Black Thought ( surprise selection )

    • Tony G.

      i guess u and i are the only ones that realize Black Thought is freaking dope…doesnt get his just due becuz he’s in a “group”

  • daveofthematthews

    I do agree with at lot of his choices in principle but i wish more underground lyricists got more recognition of being an influence, Be more interesting at least! As far as the “Everybody else, I can probably rap better than them” shit Cmon Son!! Crooked I would destroy you and 90% of that list.

    • NoGoBoi

      do u or have u ever listen to his music?

      • daveofthematthews

         I admit i have only checked the odd song on here so that was pretty ignorant of me to say that, been doing my research and wish I had caught on to him earlier as he is pretty dope my favorite song so far is “Personal OG” bout to download couple of mixtapes though so that will probably change so my bad. I still rate Crooked number 1 as i think he is slightly better when it come’s to thing’s like metaphor’s and simile’s and i also think Freddie could add a bit more charisma but again i need to listen to more of his work. I would like to hear him ft on the upcoming slaughterhouse album he could def be a 5th member… Freddie if you ever see this i have changed my opinion slightly so sorry dude, Lol. And  NoGoBoi Thanks for teaching me something.

      • NoGoBoi

        Hey fam I’m a huge Crooked I fan myself, actually my favorite in Slaughterhouse so I can’t knock you. If you download Gibbs most recent mixtape Cold Day in Hell you’ll see something nice, well hear. Also, chk out Freddie Gibbs and Mikkey Halsted tracks on youtube, 1 Word… SOLD! you hear their music together, you gonna be good to go. Track called Field Nigga Blues

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  • NoGoBoi

    Freddie I’m waitin 4 some new sh!t from you and Mikkey. Freddie, Mikkey, No ID and Traxster… sh!t even Ski Beats on that shit also, that’s all y’all need. Sh!t that’s Great Music fam

  •  pac is the greatest

    • HipHop1980


  • MY TOP 5 IS