To celebrate 20 years of The Hip Hop Project we look back on some of the best moments from the longest running mix show in the country.
By CosmRoks (The Voice of The Hip Hop Project, 1998-2010)
Four years before dropping “Piñata” with Madlib (one of the best Hip-Hop albums in the last decade), Freddie Gibbs was just another hungry artist on his way up. In 2010, Gangsta Gibbs stopped by WLUW to talk about his “Str8 Killa EP”, growing up in Gary, and the future of hardcore Hip-Hop. Gibbs is the real deal, and I could tell when I met him. He was confident, yet humble and definitely all business. I remember interviewing him and as we were talking and playing his tracks, I thought to myself “this dude is gonna blow up”. Soon after, he was co-signed by Young Jeezy. It wasn’t a bold prediction by me, anyone in my position would have said the same. Fast forward five years, and he is arguably one of the most sought after and well respected Hip-Hop artists going today. Just another case of an artist heard first on The Hip-Hop Project that went on to do great things.