Freddie Gibbs, "The Ghetto"

Here’s a good, gritty video from the rising Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs-who delivers no-frills street reportage in a strong, deep voice that steadfastly avoids melody. Gibbs lets the music carry the tune, and it’s a mellow, subtle one, hearkening back to the early-’90s “jazz rap” stylings of folks like Digable Planets, Common Sense, and the dearly departed Guru of Gangstarr.