The question of who will release the best hip-hop album of 2018 is still wide open, but we do know who will have the best album cover this year.
Last Friday, Freddie Gibbs treated the world to a surprise release of his latest mix-album, Freddie, a record full of booming bass and hardcore gangsta rap, featuring a pitch-perfect recreation of Teddy Pendergrass’ 1979 album Teddy cover as its sleeve.
To help distinguish one from the other, below you will find the seven important differences between these two artists and their bodies of work.
Wait vs. Weight
Teddy waits for you to come home with him on opener “Come Go With Me,” while Freddie pushes “Weight” on his opening track. That said, Gibbs doesn’t mind occasionally waiting either: “She bad, I guess that pussy worth the wait.”
Freddie is an album that makes your subwoofer rattle. Teddy is an album that makes your bedsprings rattle.
Teddy left soul group Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes due to arguments over financial issues, while Freddie left Interscope Records due to arguments about his refusal to record radio-friendlier material.
“Trip with that, bitch I’m whipping wet, put that on the set,” Freddie raps on “Triple Threat.” “Let’s take a shower, shower together, yeah,” Teddy sings on “Turn Off the Lights.” Both songs are about wetness, but you need to have an important talk with your parents if we have to explain the difference to you.
Teddy was mostly produced by the legendary duo of Gamble and Huff, who also worked with acts like The O'Jays and Lou Rawls. Freddie was mostly produced by Kenny Beats, who also worked with acts like Smoke DZA and ScHoolboy Q, as well as rising talents like Key! and Rico Nasty.
Freddie samples Eazy-E’s ’80s classic "Boyz-n-the-Hood" on absolute banger “Death Row” with 03 Greedo. Your parents absolutely banged to Teddy’s "Turn Off the Lights," which is sampled on MC Lyte’s ’80s classic "I’m Not Havin’ It" with Positive K.
Teddy sings about how many fucks he wants to give you. Freddie raps as if he's never given a single fuck about anything.