Shadow of a Doubt

Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2015 Ratings: #178 / 770
User Score
Based on 107 ratings
2015 Ratings: #99
November 20, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
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Hip Hop, Trap Rap / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
As Gibbs says: “‘Piñata’ was like I went in the gym with Madlib to train. Now I’m ready to box, like Apollo Creed.” The resulting album is a total knockout.
80
Exclaim!

While some may miss the soul and jazz chops of last year's collaborative Piñata, it's safe to say his solo risks have largely paid off.

80
The Guardian

Shadow of a Doubt is a wholly modern affair, featuring beats from Blair Norf and Jay Z’s go-to guy, Mike Dean, and on which Gibbs’s dextrous delivery is encased in minor-chord synths.

80
HipHopDX

Shadow of a Doubt isn’t Gibbs flipping to go pop, but a man secure enough in the foundation he has laid to take a leap of faith.

80
AllMusic

With his 2015 release, Shadow of a Doubt, the hooks, plus production, are on the same level as his rhymes.

78
Pitchfork

The cover artwork of Shadow of a Doubt might depict Gibbs’ face half-cloaked in darkness, but his roots and aspirations have never been clearer.

75
Consequence of Sound

Even with all its different sounds, Shadow of a Doubt leaves one clear impression: Freddie Gibbs is a restless artist who continues to find meaning in his Gary story and beyond, knowing that the details can prepare him for whatever comes next.

70
The Line of Best Fit

While Shadow of a Doubt might not go down as one of his classics, it features more than enough quotables and street-smart truisms to be worth a few spins.

70
PopMatters

On Shadow of a Doubt, Gibbs the man takes a backseat to his words, to the stories he’s telling, to the past these songs get lost in.

70
The Needle Drop
Freddie Gibbs comes through with a new project that's equally moody and grimy.
Inglume
76
Freddie Gibbs' transition to a more pop rap sound is impenetrable on Shadow of a Doubt. Though Freddie Gibbs does deliver his A-Game on this record, at times the record could've benefited more from a variety of production choices and more willingness for Freddie Gibbs to adventure out to prove his versatility. Shadow of a Doubt is the perfect album to establishing an artist's significance, and hopefully he will have projects that develop his "character".
AZIZ
82
This is my second favorite Gibbs project, right behind Pinata. Super enjoyable. Gibbs shows us his versatility by jumping on trap beats and straight up demolishing them. The dark vibe the album puts forth is very dope as well. My complaints lie with the lack of variety on the project. Gibbs could do a lot more, a lot more. Hopefully he drops Bandana soon and proves to us why he is one best voices in Gangsta Rap.

Favorite Track: Fuckin Up The Count

Least Favorite Track: Basketball Wives
70
kinda delivered some kid cudi-like singing, should have avoided this...
TheRootBoy
77
It's dark and gloomy and I never thought I'd be more surprised of a release from someone in 2015. After his collaboration with Madlib, I was worried he wouldn't have the chops to come out with an equally compelling album, and he did.
Sappy
85
Top Favorite: Extradite
Other Favorites: Fuckin’ Up The Count, Lately, 10 Times
Least Favorite: Cold Ass Nigga
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#45/Pigeons & Planes

Track List

  1. Rearview
  2. Narcos
  3. Careless
  4. Fuckin' up the Count
  5. Extradite (feat. Black Thought)
  6. McDuck (feat. Dana Williams)
  7. Mexico (feat. Tory Lanez)
  8. Packages (feat. ManMan Savage)
  9. 10 Times (feat. Gucci Mane & E-40)
  10. Lately
  11. Basketball Wives
  12. Forever and a Day
  13. Insecurities
  14. Freddie Gordy
  15. Cold Ass Nigga
  16. My Boy (Bonus Track)
  17. 10 Chickens (Bonus Track)
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