Statik Selektah & Freddie Gibbs - Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away

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The end result of Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away is an inspired project from two of Hip Hop's most heralded.

When Statik Selektah and Saigon joined forces for their 24-hour collaboration album All In a Day's Work it was heralded for its vision and originality. Regardless of the reviews and accolades that the album did (or did not) receive, it was conceptually one of the more creative releases of the last few years. So when it was announced that Statik would join forces with Freddie Gibbs, anticipation once again rose. Yes, Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away was recorded in a 24-hour period where both Gibbs and Statik were locked away in the studio. And even more importantly, it gives us new Gangster Gibbs music, fresh with that Gary, Indiana perspective where the living ain’t easy and the easy ain’t living.

The album starts incredibly with the album’s title track. Here Gibbs spits some of the albums most memorable lyrics over haunting organs. “Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away” once again proves why gangster rap won’t die, and why Gibbs is what it looks like. With a hook like “Lord giveth, lord taketh away/ Make a dollar for tomorrow we gon take it today/ I guess I’m take your shit, thats what it takes to get paid/ If you a gangster do your thing than take that shit to the grave” Gibbs and Statik give us one of the better tracks of 2011. “Rap Money” sees Gibbs reminiscing about his past and how his quest to get rap money would let him walk away from the lifestyle that paid the bills. A guest appearance by Daz Dillinger works well and hears the Left Coast Legend recall his early Death Row days.

While Daz and Fred the Godson sound brilliant alongside Gibbs other appearances seem a bit excessive. With the album only containing seven tracks and nine guest spots, Gibbs shares the spotlight, a spotlight he has earned with three or four too many guests. The spots are certainly filled with artists whose respective grinds and music can stand alongside Gibbs, but on a 7-track effort; the duo would have been smart to cut the guest list in half. Production wise, Statik ventures between great and status quo. On the aforementioned title track he provides a soundtrack that brings the very best out of Gibbs. Yet “Wild Style” aside from a cut up Rakim chorus, is missing something in its sonic texture. The same can be said about “Keep it Warm for Ya” which sounds incredible during the chorus, but otherwise sounds looped and withheld.

The end result of Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away is an inspired project from two of Hip Hop’s most heralded. For Gibbs it builds upon the foundation that his mixtape grind has created. With a full album likely to see a release date this year, Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away will most certainly drum up both anticipation and expectations for that date.

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  • Anonymous

    i jeezed inside his manhole.

  • ButteryNugget

    this album sounds dope...i am gonna go youtube some more of it to see what i should rate it... Just wanted to say, though, from the sounds of the video on here Smoke DZA and statik need to do an album together

  • midwestinyomoufffff

    this shit is bangin i give it a 4 outta 5, i thought the beats one every track was dope, aint this review a lil late i was bumpin this shit for like the last 2 weeks already, anyway the features i think were a little excessive, glad reks and daz was on it, gibbs debut album should be ill if it has the same stlye beats and a few more midwest style twista type beats

  • bizzalls

    Man, Statik Selektah is startin to annoy me. Dude has too many average ass beats. don't get me wrong, he has produced some bangers in the past...i feel like he's changing his sound to a way softer one and its gettin corny. like he's tryin to sound like Kanye production wise or some shit. Stop it. Bring back that harder shit.

  • 718rob

    I was deeply disappointed. I expect wack oversaturation like this from Statik Selektah, but who let Gibbs sign off on this?

  • kobe42085

    Really nice EP. A lot of collabs, buts dudes come through nicely. Gibbs is consistently ill. 4 outta 5.

  • Anonymous

    Too many guest spots for this to be called a Freddie Gibbs/Statik Selektah project. Love both dudes but they need to come up with a full-scale collaboration on their own.

  • Eddy

    That's what you get when you rush a project, good review.

  • sssssssss

    statik's beats didnt relly match up with freddie's style.for example when currensy did the corvet coupe mixtape,his verses were taken to another level by alchemist.freddie gibbs was dope on this,but statik could have brought out better beats.3 stars

    • Anonymous

      Covert Coup was sick when Alchemist produced for Curren$y. But nothin like what Ski did in Pilot Talk 1 and 2. But yeah, the EP could have been better. My problem was with all the guest spots. I wanted to hear more Gibbs.

  • Tyler

    When are you going to start rating albums anything other than 3-4 stars? You guys are too safe!

  • Johnny Blaze

    Man, you didn't like 'Wild Style' or 'Keep it Warm for Ya'? Those are two of my favorite cuts of the ep. I thought those beats fit gibbs flow perfect. 4 Stars

  • deesis

    yall are nerds. the album was done in 6 hours.. LIVE ON USTREAM. of course he wanted features!!

  • Anonymous

    Good review, I would agree. Thanks for mentioning that feature thing, that's something I really HATE about newer releases. Like they can't do albums on their own.


    I liked str8 killa way more than this.... far to many features for an ep. Still looking 4ward to a full Gibbs album

  • O

    I feel sorry for Freddie Gibbs. 7 songs, with 9 FEATURES? Thats not a Freddie Gibbs album, its a Statik Selektah album. Freddies needs to go back to Iodine Poision, Murda On My Mind, and Boxframe Caddilac.