Freddie Gibbs Addresses The Rape Allegations He Faced On “Crushed Glass” (Video)

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In the opening scene of his newest video, Freddie Gibbs appears face-down in a desert, apparently passed out and not entirely clear how he got there. It’s likely a metaphor for the literal trials and tribulations he’s gone through in recent months. Acquitted of sexual assault charges last September, the Gary, Indiana rapper has been relatively quiet on the music front, save for a couple of guest appearances and his own record, “All Day.” Six months later, and Gangsta Gibbs has emerged from his legal troubles and announced his new project, You Only Live 2wice.

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As its lead single, Freddie Gibbs released “Crushed Glass” today (March 8), along with a video. Using the ever-metaphorical trope of roaming through the desert (made out of sand, the material most often used to make glass), images of burning money and cooking pots sear his consciousness. Rapping that he’s “not the same,” Gibbs doesn’t shy away from the narrative of a young man introduced to cocaine and a life of crime and hustling. However, what makes this record different from his previous work is that it is undeniably influenced by what happened to him outside of his street life. “I just beat a rape case/Groupie bitch I never fucked tried to give me ten for some pussy that I never touched/At a certain level, the system gotta test a n**** nuts/N**** hired like 11 lawyers, had to level up,” he raps. Once the video is over, he wakes up in prison, not entirely clear how he got there.

Also released today You Only Live 2wice‘s track list:

“20 Karat Jesus”
“Crushed Glass”
“Dear Maria”
“Phone Lit”

The project is available for pre-order and slated for arrival on March 31, via Freddie Gibbs’ ESGN imprint.