Zeds Dead ft. Freddie Gibbs - "Back Home"
We're used to hearing Freddie Gibbs spitting over beats from some of the best producers in rap, whether that's Madlib, with whom he recorded a whole album (Piñata) or Boi-1da, Frank Dukes, and Mike Dean (who all produced on his latest album, Shadow Of A Doubt).
That makes the fact that he collaborated with Canadian dance music production duo Zeds Dead a surprise, and the fact that the resulting track is excellent a pleasant surprise. Zeds Dead pares things back a little from the all-out audio assault of many of their tracks, and Gangsta Gibbs gets a little melodic on the hook—both parties pushing themselves into new spaces in the service of good music. Of course, Freddie Gibbs' bars are hard as ever, too, as he continues to be one of the most consistent rappers in the game.—Constant Gardner