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Freddie Gibbs, Jon Connor, Sincere Life, Red

  • Majestic 115 King Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Earlier this year, Gary, Indiana-based emcee Freddie Gibbs dropped a deep, soulful, and slickly produced rap EP in You Only Live 2wice. It's also his first new outing since he was charged with two counts of sexual assault by two Austrian teens he’d met after a show. Gibbs spent several months in and out of jail in France and Austria, had his passport revoked, and wasn’t allowed to fly stateside until he was acquitted of both charges in September of 2016. Gibbs recently insisted upon his innocence in a lengthy interview with XXL. You Only Live 2wice precedes a long-awaited, upcoming follow-up to 2014’s Piñata, where he’ll once again join forces with producer and supreme sample-wizard Madlib. This show also features the first live set from Madison-based rapper Sincere Life since he was seriously injured in a car crash earlier this year. His March release King Poetic Vol. 2 continues to build on a versatile set of rhyme skills that veer between introspective and brash. —Joel Shanahan