Freddie Gibbs became a free agent once again after splitting from Young Jeezy’s CTE label in December 2012. Speaking with The Morning Riot (via FSD), Gangsta Gibbs now says that his departure from the imprint was not amicable and that he was better off building his own career than “wasting time pushing someone else’s brand.”
“I can’t really say it was amicable. I could just say that we agreed to disagree. We definitely disagreed,” he said. “The guy moves in a different way that I move, and I just wanted to branch out and do my own thing. I felt like I was wasting time pushing someone else’s brand when I could push my own and do my own thing. Because that’s was what he was concerned with, pushing Jeezy. So I gotta be concerned with pushing Gibbs.”
The Gary, Indiana native said that signing with a major rapper often satisfies others who are simply happy to be part of their movement. But Gibbs said that isn’t his style and that he wishes that people were “true to their word” in the game.
“I think a lot of guys just do be happy being down with these Rap guys, but that just isn’t me. Like I said, I earned my stripes in this game. I don’t think that he knew what he was getting into and things of that nature. It was just a learning experience. I look at it like that. I just wish that guys would be true to their word in this game. If I tell you I’ma do something, then I’ma do it. You got a lot of these guys in this game proclaiming to be the realest, this and that. But when it all comes down to it, they not handling they business correctly. Because it’s like this, man. If we doing things in the street and you do me bogus, it might end up with you getting handled. So since we not in the street, you feel like you can play with my money on this Rap side and there ain’t gon’ be no repercussions? Nah man. You not gon’ play with me like that. So to nip all of that in the bud, I just stepped off and did my thing.”
Gibbs, who built his buzz on the mixtape circuit, signed with Jeezy in April 2011. Since then, he has mostly released mixtape projects and failed to deliver his CTE debut. In December, he revealed that he was a “free agent” in postings on Twitter. He is currently gearing up for a few releases including Cocaine Piñata with Madlib.
Listen to the full interview below.