Freddie Gibbs, G. Perico

Scoremore Presents

Freddie Gibbs

G. Perico

Dec 04 Tue

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Studio at Warehouse Live


This event is all ages


Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs
Many rappers may secretly wish they could be as uninhibited as Freddie Gibbs, arguably Gary, Indiana's greatest export since steel, Michael Jackson and actor Fred "The Hammer" Williamson. Gibbs, an authentic product of violent, drug-laden streets, has artfully and consistently told tales of ghetto life since his rap emergence in 2004, making no apologies for the person he is and the things he has done.

Freddie's keen survivalist mentality and work ethic won him a scholarship to Ball State University for football, but he was dismissed over questionable allegations. It's fair to assume that Freddie hadn't completely divorced himself from the streets, but whatever the case, higher education was no longer a viable option. Gibbs was cast back into the sink-or-swim realities of his upbringing, and he resorted to pimping and manufacturing freebase to keep the lights on. A humble critic, Freddie never meant to be a part of the problem, and explored means of supporting himself without partaking in the cyclical plague of drugs and prostitution. A gifted writer who stood out amongst his peers with his reserved wit and command of language, Freddie began to rap about the things he saw.

He has independently created a discography that illustrates his experiences as a struggling denizen of a blighted community. Despite the bleakness of the underlying subject matter, Gibbs continuously manages to dose each compilation with positivity and humor. In 2010, XXL Magazine caught wind of Freddie's unique approach and nominated Gibbs to their Freshman Top 10. Subsequently, Freddie Gibbs' previous mixtapes, which capture the forsaken instrumental aesthetic of 90's boom-bap and juxtapose it with his distinctly Midwestern double-time flow, began to garner widespread critical acclaim and industry attention.

His willingness to both function in the world of gangster rap and to step outside the strict confines of hip hop to form unexpected collaborations with artists from a broad musical spectrum highlights a truly versatile musician. Freddie has sufficiently positioned himself as a recession-era mascot for the disenfranchised Midwestern working class and he wears the title exceptionally well. It was Public Enemy's Chuck D that once famously called hip-hop "the CNN of the ghetto", and the sentiment is particularly applicable to Freddie's music.
G. Perico
G. Perico
G Perico wanted in. After getting out of jail, the South Central Los Angeles rapper saw how a number of Los Angeles area rappers had graduated from artists on the come up to some of the hottest MCs in the game. After dabbling in music as a way to stay out of trouble, G Perico knew he had to change.
“I was like, ‘I need to get all the way in the mix and stop playing,’” G Perico says today. “I decided to actually be serious about it. I was like, ‘Let me put my full attention into this. Let me give everything up.’ I was feeling like my back was up against the wall because I was never planning on doing anything other than the street stuff.”
With most of his friends starting life sentences and his own legal situation becoming increasingly serious, G Perico reset his focus. He set his sights on running his So Way Out clothing store, making music, and eliminating risky behavior. By 2015, he had the store up and running, was moving T-shirts, and had released his Tha Innerprize Two project.
After Xzibit and Soren Baker featured G Perico on Open Bar Radio on Los Angeles radio station KDAY, G Perico’s name was buzzing in the streets. “Everywhere Xzibit was at, I’m hearing him say my name like, ‘Man. This is crazy,’” G Perico recalls. “Then everybody else started falling in. Things started happening, so I knew what I was doing was working, so I just stuck with the script.”
Some of the luminaries that hit G Perico up included industry titans Coach K (Migos, Lil Yachty) and Chris Gotti (Ja Rule, Ashanti, Murder Inc.). Listening to their wisdom and leaning on their advice, G Perico geared up for his Shit Don’t Stop project and enlisted Los Angeles rap savant Pun as his manager.
Released in September 2016, the collection changed G Percio’s trajectory, moving him from the hood’s best-kept secret to an artist making major moves independently. “That’s what actually put me in the rap game,” G Perico says of Shit Don’t Stop, which earned 4 out of 5 stars from HotNewHipHop.
Songs such as “Craccin!!!,” “Nothin But Love!!” and the title track endeared G Perico to a fanbase hungry for grimy Los Angeles gangster rap. G Perico’s street yet aspirational style and aesthetic – he’s often seen sporting a Jheri curl, which was synonymous with such pioneering California rappers as Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and DJ Quik – quickly became the buzz of the rap world. Indeed, on the heels of Shit Don’t Stop, Pitchfork called him “one of the most promising newcomers” on the West Coast.
Next up were two 2017 releases, All Blue and 2 Tha Left. G Perico’s buzz became deafening, with the video for his “All Blue” single logging more than 975,000 views on YouTube. G Perico was performing throughout the country, doing press runs, and earning more attention for his music.
Venue Information:
The Studio at Warehouse Live
813 Saint Emanuel Street
Houston, TX, 77003