Over the past decade plus, Freddie Gibbs has carved out a reputation for honesty. Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, the artist’s countless mixtapes and recent albums (roughly one a year since his 2013 debut studio album ESGN) offered living proof that the candor associated with classic gangster rap could survive the genre’s commercial decline. He’s not quite a throwback, but he is a stalwart, a true believer in the power of spoken words regarding criminal deeds, framed in complete sentences and delivered with unfiltered charisma. Where younger artists mix and match multiple aesthetics, Gibbs, now 34 years old, distills and refines the one he grew up with in the ’90s. He means what he says, and he sounds like the grown man he is.