Str8 Killa [EP]

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  • Summary: This eight-track EP follows on the heels of his 2009 independent mixtapes, The Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs and midwestganstaboxframecadillacmuzik.
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  1. As this accomplished one-two punch attests, Gibbs boasts the rare ability to be both crude and refined.
  2. "Murder," "skimask," and "gangsta," all appended with the word "shit," are the terms in which Gibbs characterizes his oeuvre. Str8 Killa is all of those things. It is also breathtaking in its execution.
  3. Oct 22, 2010
    Expect talk of his crossover potential, the way he weds a mighty, funny, fresher-than-hell stage presence to the tried-and-true gangsta tropes of stunts and blunts. Expect 2Pac comparisons. Expect, based off this EP, great albums.
  4. His mixtapes still might be better (especially Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik), but Str8 Killa is the first step toward Gibbs regaining the label contract that is so rightfully his.
  5. The man is full of contradictions and lyrics that demand deciphering, so Str8 Killa becomes an excellent entry point, maybe by default and maybe by design. Either way, it's a necessary purchase for gangsta rap fans and a gateway drug that will send you straight to the mixtape underground.
  6. 70
    Gibbs elevates this eight-song EP above '90s-gangsta-rap homage with his baritone-deep hauteur and studious lyricism.
  7. Sadly, though, the appeal is only in the details when the subject matter is so familiar and the production nondescript.

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