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Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19

Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com
Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com Freddie Gibbs: Concorde 2, Brighton 22/10/19 @Bluesandsoul.com

When Freddie Gibbs and superproducer Madlib announced they were making another record together, it sparked huge excitement in the hip-hop world. Their first collaboration, 2014's "Pinada" is one of the genre's best records this decade, and fans were desperately hoping lightning could strike twice. They were not disappointed, with "Bandana" - released earlier this year - among the top LPs of 2019.

On first glance it seems like an odd combination - Madlib is an unapologetically creative force, while Gibbs is a stone-cold gangsta rapper. And yet there's a chemistry between them that sent waves through the industry when each record came out. Unsurprising then, that Gibbs' UK tour was met with excitement.

The venue was Concorde 2 in Brighton, where support came from Jay Prince, one of the most exciting rappers in the UK. He demonstrated ably why he was picked to share a bill with one of the most on-fire rappers on the planet right now, getting a huge reaction from the crowd.

When Gibbs took to the stage the energy levels in the intimate venue were huge. He bounded onstage to "Crime Pays" from the latest record, and proceeded to tear into some of his best material from the past decade. The 37-year-old has no shortage of energy, and proceeded to leap around the stage for more than an hour, frequently cutting the music to rap acapella. That's not an easy thing to do, and he demonstrated that he's the real deal.

"Fucking Up The Count", "Automatic" and "Thuggin'" were among the tracks he tore through in a fast-paced set. With "Bandana" reportedly the middle record in a trilogy of collaborations with Madlib, the future looks very exciting for Gibbs. Definitely worth catching live if you get the chance.

PHOTOS: DAVE BURKE
Words Dave Burke

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