Freddie Gibbs
You Only Live 2wice


4.5
superb

Review

by tellah USER (4 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2017 | 68 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm back, and I ain't going nowhere this time.

Back in June 2016, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs was arrested right before he was to take the stage in France. He was charged for a sexual assault that was allegedly committed in Austria a year prior. After spending four months in French and Austrian prisons, along with spending over $50,000 on bail, he was acquitted of all charges when no strong evidence was presented against him. You Only Live 2wice’s artwork depicts Gibbs as a Christ-like figure. Perhaps this is alluding to a resurrection of sorts, which makes sense considering the trials and tribulations he’s dealt with; affecting his music career and family life in America.

You Only Live 2wice is a short, concise affair. With only eight tracks, and clocking in at 32 minutes, Freddie’s first post-jail release can barely be considered a full-length album. However, in a world of mixtapes and albums that have over 20 tracks, and last 60-70 minutes, You Only Live 2wice is relatively refreshing. Every track here has a purpose, covering diverse ground musically and lyrically.

Musically, this release finds an engaging middle ground, possessing the menacing trap rap of 2015’s Shadow of a Doubt, and the jazz rap production provided by Madlib on their 2014 collaboration, Piñata. “Amnesia” is a banger with production that wouldn’t be out place on Shadow of a Doubt, or even a Future release. It covers typical, boastful lyrical ground, but Freddie’s braggadocio and flow are on point; he takes an exciting instrumental to the next level. On the other side of the sonic spectrum, we have “Alexys”. This BADBADNOTGOOD collaboration has the Toronto natives successfully doing their best Madlib impression. The upright bass, Freddie’s performance, and the pounding keys give the track a low-key and intense vibe at the same time.

Lyrically, Gibbs is as sharp as ever, seamlessly flowing over a varied beat selection. Album highlight “20 Karat Jesus” slyly drops two different viral physical attacks from Solange and Dennis Rodman in identical hooks. You Only Live 2wice is filled to the brim with familiar topics: moving coke, smoking weed, and sexual conquests are all revisited here. “Phone Lit” references all three of these topics in a single rapid-fire verse. However, upon closer examination, this album gets more personal and vulnerable. We get glimpses of his life and thoughts in prison overseas, regrets about certain life decisions, and a desire to raise his daughter right. “Crushed Glass” contains exposition about his sexual assault case, and has him expressing his frustration with being stuck in confinement, missing show dates and contact with his family. Album closer “Homesick” is arguably the lyrical highlight here. Its title explains its content best. Accompanied by a beautiful instrumental, Gibbs laments that he spends too much time being loyal to his crew rather than his daughter. As he gets older, it’s clear he wants to make big lifestyle changes.

You Only Live 2wice is another high-quality release to Freddie Gibbs’s consistent discography. There’s something for everyone here. The diverse collection has cuts that will appeal to fans of Shadow of a Doubt and fans of Piñata. Freddie Gibbs is back, and he’s still got it. With multiple collaborations with Madlib (a sequel to Piñata) and Curren$y announced, the man still has a lot of upcoming material for people who found this release too short. For me, however, You Only Live 2wice is a great album that covers more ground in eight tracks than many hip-hop releases do in over 20.


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Hep Kat
April 3rd 2017


1231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Baby ScarFace Killa str8 slammin'

tellah
April 3rd 2017


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yeeeeeee

rufinthefury
April 3rd 2017


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First two songs and Dear Maria go hard af. Andrea is alright too but half this album is boring filler generic Shadow Of A Doubt Part2 throwaway nonsense.

Where the fuck is Bandana

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tellah
April 3rd 2017


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I hated Phone Lit for awhile but it grew on me. Amensia and Dear Maria are great imo

rufinthefury
April 3rd 2017


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Amnesia is like ok but Andrea is the one

tellah
April 3rd 2017


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

hahahahahah Hep I love that part

Hep Kat
April 3rd 2017


1231 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I laugh so hard when i play that with my black friends

tellah
April 3rd 2017


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@rufin did you not like SOAD?

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2017


57908 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

his albums are usually way too fucking long so this one is nice

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rufinthefury
April 3rd 2017


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@tellah nah man SOAD had legitimately 4 good tracks on a longass album.

"his albums are usually way too fucking long so this one is nice"

I paid this fucker Gibbs 5 bucks for a 3 song EP once dude.

tellah
April 3rd 2017


949 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Pronto is ballin

CompostCompote
April 3rd 2017


1022 Comments


A 2 doesn't look very much like a t.

rufinthefury
April 3rd 2017


3236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it was baller AF and i was gonna be pissed if it wasnt seeing as I paid money for three daymn songs

Ryus
April 3rd 2017


23747 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

andrea is great

Kurisu
April 3rd 2017


537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

freddie kane freddie gordy

Evok
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2017


8412 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Damn i was gonna review this but you really did it justice well done man

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johnnyblaze
April 3rd 2017


3329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh shit this is out!

Kurisu
April 3rd 2017


537 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

shadow of a doubt was better but this is still hot

JigglyPDiddy
April 3rd 2017


3721 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Got this yesterday. Still haven't gotten to listen to it. Pos'd

johnnyblaze
April 3rd 2017


3329 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alexys is so fucking tight. totally agree with your description of it. nice review.



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