Black Thought & Freddie Gibbs Rise Against Life’s Obstacles (Audio)

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Freddie Gibbs has just unleashed the first taste of his upcoming Shadow of a Doubt, his first full-length project since last year’s Madlib collaboration, Piñata. The Gary, Indiana MC has bestowed fans with a midweek double-whammy, dropping not one, but two new tracks and both showcase vastly different yet distinctly Gibbs-esque qualities. Due to be released on his ESGN Records imprint on November 20, Shadow of a Doubt features only 5 tracks with guest artist collaborations, making it an ambitiously solo effort for the 33-year-old whose early career was marred with a drop from Interscope Records. As his fans know, he has made an illustrious comeback since then and today’s releases hint at what may be his most exciting project to date.

On “Extradite,” Gibbs and the Roots’ Black Thought are ruthless on the nearly 5-minute track produced by Mikhail, featuring a Bob James sample Heads may recognize from tracks by Big L, EPMD, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Rakim, and others. The two MCs each contribute dual verses, effortlessly doing what they do best in their individual styles, joined by a sample from a 2014 Louis Farrakhan speech in which the Nation of Islam leader remarks on the lack of justice that took place in Ferguson, Missouri. That sample adds an element of political discourse to the track that is matched by the equally vigilant bars found throughout. Check out the song below, and visit Gibbs’ Soundcloud to hear “Packages” featuring ManManSavage, also released today.

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