You can do one of two things: Either you can agree that Gary, IN gangster rapper Freddie Gibbs is one of the best MCs alive—a lyrical technician who’s perfected several strains of hip-hop—or you can continue to live under the illusion he’s not. Red pill, blue pill—the choice is yours. Whichever you choose, know that he’s not sweating it: “I’m not going to argue the credit I deserve. It’s a blessing. I get mine when it’s due.”
And why should he? He’s built a passionate fanbase of general listeners, music critics, and fellow rappers over the years by spitting about the gangster-rap staples: sex, drugs, murder, and thuggin’. But among those themes, longtime fans will point to Freddie’s deep cuts and lyrics about marijuana as being some of his most beloved. Because if there’s any box you can safely put Gibbs in based off his music, it’s that of a bonafide weed-lover. Freddie addresses marijuana on records (like “High”) and makes frequent appearances with a blunt in tow (just watch him light up with rap’s weed-smoking Jedi, Snoop Dogg).
As with all things Freddie Gibbs, his interest in bud isn’t faked or hyperbolized. “I think the first time I smoked weed I lost my virginity,” he says. “My partner had some weed and papers, [so we headed to this] basement and there were some bitches, some Mad Dog 20/20, and hey, we smoked, got drunk, and got some head. I correlate weed with sex and all that together, so that’s probably why I love it so much.”
With his own strain of bud (Freddie Kane OG) now on the market, we decided to pick his brain about the perfect stoner snacks, much like we did with fellow rapper Curren$y. For Gibbs, chowing while high can go two ways: healthful (“I’ll eat a big ass bag of grapes if I want to munch”) or fat-man shit (“I’ll go get two double-doubles from In-N-Out”). Recently, he’s been cooking epic meals for himself, like big bowls of pasta with turkey sausage, or the lamb chops he was preparing while speaking to us on the phone.
The question with all munchies is simple: Cop or nah? Here, Freddie Gibbs weighs the pros and cons of various stoner-snack staples.
Gibbs says: “Growing up, when I’d get high, I’d get White Castle, my boy. Why you think Harold and Kumar there? That motherfucker is addictive. But you gotta leave that shit plain or add a little bit of mustard—you only put shit like ketchup on regular burgers. With White Castle sliders you gotta keep it G. I don’t know why they don’t have one in L.A. If I open a White Castle on the West Coast, that shit would slay like a crack house. White Castle, if you’re reading this interview, fuck with ya boy. Let’s open up a White Castle here in L.A.” (Photo: burgersdogspizza.com)
Nacho Cheese Doritos
Gibbs says: “Nacho Cheese Doritos? Nah, I don’t eat Doritos. I’m not a fan. I’m not a fan of chips period.” (Photo: gianteagles.com)
Harold’s Fried Chicken in Chicago
Gibbs says: “Love it. I’ll smash a whole six-piece wings if I’m blown as hell. I could eat two six-pieces if I get on my fat-man shit. It’s the way they fry it. It’s just good fried chicken. A lot of people don’t say it’s the best, and it might not be the best fried chicken, but it’s the way they do it, the way it’s served, and the way it’s packaged—you know what I mean? The whole shebang. It’s just nostalgic. It’s Harold’s man. Chicken and fries and bread covered in sauce—I don’t want to go nowhere else.” (Photo: Flickr/stu_spivack)
Fruit Punch (Red) Gatorade
Gibbs says: “I definitely don’t like the red one. It leaves a funny taste in your mouth. That’s the shit you dump on the coach. It’ll leave your whole mouth red and shit—like you’ve been drinking Kool-Aid all day. Gatorade is the drink for when you’re drunk and shit. Electrolytes. If you be getting too drunk around me, I got a 100-pack of Gatorade. Come back to life then get the fuck out.” (Photo: americansoda.co.uk)
Gibbs says: “Classic. Amazing. You can get anything you want there: burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, Italian beef. [Portillo’s is] all that good corner-stand food that makes up Chicago. Shout out to Portillo’s. I live in L.A., but I drive an hour and a half to the one in Orange County all the time.” (Photo: Flickr/star5112)
Gibbs says: “I’m not an Oreo guy. I have to be really hungry to eat them. There is something about the cream—I don’t like the cream in the middle.” (Photo: Flickr/Torben Hansen)
Dairy Queen Blizzards
Gibbs says: “You could put [literal] shit in a Blizzard and it would taste good—it’s the only thing that’ll get me to eat Oreos. It’s crazy. Dairy Queen is underrated—period. They have good food, too, on the low. We had a Dairy Queen in our neighborhood, on 14th [Ave.] and Virginia [St.], so I salute Dairy Queen. When they left, we cried. It was right smack dead in the hood. My whole family worked there: my auntie, my uncles, and we would smash at Dairy Queen. An ice-cream cone was an after-school snack. A Dilly Bar? What you know about Dilly Bar? Or a Peanut Buster Parfait? You need to live off ice cream at Dairy Queen.” (Photo: manreviewsfood.com)