Freddie Gibbs Writes Stuart Scott Editorial, Says He May Have Saved His Life

Freddie Gibbs is an evocative MC. However, the Gary, Indiana lyricist is not typically known for being overly sensitive to others. So when the ESGN leader takes time to pay a long-form homage to life of another, it’s big.


Gangsta Gibbs penned an editorial for Billboard today (January 12), reflecting on the life of Stuart Scott. Scott, the legendary “Sportscenter” host and sports reporter, died early this year after suffering from cancer. He was 49 years old. Freddie recalls an early 1990s moment, watching the ESPN X-Games, and finding inspiration and hope in Scott’s work.

Here is an excerpt:

Coming up in America in the ’80s and ’90s, we were not too far removed from slavery. People forget that. Those effects and that tone during those times in America lingers on in the Black community, so to see a Black man excel in something is always an achievement. For me to get up every morning and look at this guy on the TV… Stuart Scott was a hero…

The as-told-to editorial (the other half is Its The Real co-founder Eric Rosenthal) is captivating and bluntly honest from the MC who, after all, coined his own clique ESGN.

Read the full Billboard editorial here.

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