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Jim Jones vs. Freddie Gibbs: The real Verzuz

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Life in a Shanty Town

December 17 · Issue #365 · View online

The hip-hop newsletter that's not afraid to ask the tough questions


Internets,
Verzuz was cool, but now that Corona is over, Omicron variant notwithstanding, I’m glad to see that rappers are back to acting a damn fool in public.
I was relieved and delighted to see that Jim Jones and Freddie Gibbs got into a fight at what I’m told is a very expensive steakhouse in Miami.
Hopefully, they didn’t break anything or cause a disruption that would lead the restaurant to discriminate against its black patrons, of which I’m sure it has many. I’d hate for T.I. to have to get involved.
It’s nice to see that rappers can afford to eat in such a nice restaurant in the first place.
Jim Jones had a big hit with “We Fly High” or whatever it was called, but that was 15 years ago. Who amongst us can say that they still have money that they had 15 years ago?
I don’t think anyone actually buys copies of Freddie Gibbs albums (which are magnificent), but I’m sure he does good streaming numbers, and he recently signed a deal with a major label, which should keep him in money for another year and a half or so.
I sometimes worry that fancy restaurants are wasted on rappers. Westside Gunn, a while back, bragged about having a chicken sandwich at Ruth’s Chris, which they probably only keep on the menu for children, and I know that many of our people request for their steaks to be cooked beyond medium rare, indicating that they’re not worthy of respect as human beings.
According to someone on Twitter, Jim Jones was upset with things Freddie Gibbs said about him in interviews. I wonder what this could possibly be, given that their careers hardly overlapped.
I know that Joe Budden, every six months or so, will fawn over the latest Jim Jones release, almost as if he owes Jones money and he hopes this will count towards his debt. But he’s literally the only person I’ve ever heard discuss a post-‘00s Jim Jones album.
Maybe Freddie Gibbs suggested that no one listens to Jim Jones anymore—which is literally true, but I can see how that would be hurtful.
Anyway, supposedly one of Jim Jones’ weed carriers swung on Freddie Gibbs, and then Jones himself swung on Gibbs.
I was glad to hear that a weed carrier kicked things off, because weed carriers haven’t been in the spotlight as much, what with Corona. I wonder what they’ve even been doing. If people aren’t even leaving the house, there’s no need for one guy to hold the drugs in case they’re stopped by police.
Jim Jones himself was once a weed carrier, and the fact that he has his own weed carriers is a testament to how far he’s come in his career. Perhaps Freddie Gibbs should have recognized this, and that’s why Jim Jones felt it necessary to put a shoe on him.
No one involved in this incident is a spring chicken, and Jones is at least half a decade older than Gibbs. That might be why Gibbs avoided any real damage, as revealed in a video released a day later.
Sometimes a black man of a certain age can get off a good uppercut, especially if his target is a woman, but Gibbs may have proved too quick and agile. I heard he works out at a gym, and he once had to beat someone up there. I wonder if it was because they glanced at his schlong in the locker room.
You hate to have to put a shoe on someone in public, but sometimes you’re simply left with no choice in the matter. I’m glad that Jim Jones and Freddie Gibbs found a way to resolve their differences in a manner that’s amusing to me personally and hopefully serves as an example for younger artists of what we expect from the hip-hop community.
Take it easy on yourself,
Bol

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