Rap Song of the Week: Nothing Is Ever “Too Much” for Freddie Gibbs

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Rap Song of the Week rounds up and breaks down all the hip-hop tracks you need to hear. Check out the full playlist here. This week, Freddie Gibbs drops “Too Much,” the lead single from $oul $old $eparately.

Freddie Gibbs has kept anticipations high for his follow-up to 2020’s Alfredo by teasing it with superstar collaborations like the ScHoolboy Q-assisted “Gang Signs” and “Black Illuminati,” a previous Rap Song of the Week featuring Jadakiss. After recruiting the standout MCs from LA and New York, respectively, the Gary, Indiana native has turned to Memphis for the lead single from his newly announced Warner Records debut $oul $old $eparately.

Moneybagg Yo lends Gibbs a hand on “Too Much,” a celebration of excess and wealth. With a seemingly everlasting, unwinding flow that not even a freight train could stop, Gibbs keeps his focus simple: no amount of jewelry, alcohol, cars, or women can satisfy his desires. “All this money that I got, I could never get too much,” he spits. “All these hoes that I got, I could never get boo’d up/ Drive these cars on the lot, I be switchin’ the shoes up.”

Bringing a different kind of street gravitas, Moneybagg Yo contrasts Gibbs’ controlled chaos with nonchalant rhymes about his own hedonistic ways. “It’s chilly, bustdown Cuban with the matchin’ Richard Mille,” he raps. “Flyer than a eagle when I’m touchin’ down in Philly/ Nickname the coupe Lil Wayne, no ceilings.”

No matter what comes in his path, Gibbs will always mash the gas pedal, whether that means partnering with a new label after earning a Grammy nod or elevating an ongoing feud with Benny the Butcher. With an all-star cast of producers including Pharrell, The Alchemist, Madlib, Boi-1da, Tay Keith, and more, $oul $old $eparately is primed to be Gibbs’ most mainstream album yet.

Honorable Mentions:

Lil Baby – “Detox”

As one of the most highly-demanded featured artists and a constant collaborator, Lil Baby has stayed in the spotlight since his 2020 blockbuster My Turn, but now he’s kicked off his next album cycle with “Detox.” Over minimalistic production made to rumble car speakers, the Atlanta superstar lets it be known he’s just getting started: “They don’t know what I’m on, I’m on one/ It ain’t ’bout right now, it’s the long run.”

GloRilla feat. Yo Gotti – “Blessed”

Just a few months ago, GloRilla signed to Yo Gotti’s CMG label thanks to her viral hit “FNF (Let’s Go)” and a standout appearance on fellow Memphis standout Duke Deuce’s banger “Just Say That.” On “Blessed,” GloRilla embraces success in her signature gruff delivery while emphasizing that her “ratchet tendencies” haven’t changed just because she moved to the suburbs.

Duckwrth feat. Clay – “Beg”

Duckwrth has mixed dance music with hip-hop and R&B long before Drake and Beyoncé made it the “new” trend. Teaming with singer Clay on his new single “Beg,” the LA artist deftly navigates the breakbeat production and unloads his anxieties. “I cannot wait to see you,” he says. “But I can’t seem to find my PMA, my peace of mind/ I always see the silver lining, but I cannot seem to chill.”

Van Buren Records – “FOUL”

After making noise last year with their breakout album Bad for Press, Van Buren Records are returning with their follow-up DSM on September 9th. The Brockton, Massachusetts collective’s latest single “FOUL” spotlights the talents of Luke Bar$, Meech Bold, Jiles, and FELIX!, breaking up their lyrical showcases with raucous group chants of “we don’t give a foul!”

Pink Siifu & Real Bad Man feat. Boldy James – “Looking for Water”

Pink Siifu and Boldy James’ rapping styles couldn’t be more different — the former uses an unorthodox, off-kilter delivery while the latter is precise with his rhyme patterns — but they sound equally comfortable spitting tales of perseverance over Real Bad Man’s wistful instrumental.

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