Riff: Lophiile – “Off Top” feat. Freddie Gibbs

Dec 5, 2017

Thug wit me/Chopstick, my stick, keep six guns with me/Passenger seat and my bitch packing I know she gon bust with me/Yeah, swooping yo street, I pop a nigga she go on the run with me

from Off Top lyrics by Lophiile

Gangster Gibbs gets a sonic makeover from one of the most innovative producers in the game. The percussion is vibrant and unpredictable; simultaneously keeping Gibbs on his toes and putting his lyrical dexterity on full display. Time-wise there isn’t much room for Gibbs to delve into storytelling mode, which is fine either way. In this context he hits the bag with haste; using speed and precision to his advantage and hitting his spots with deadeye accuracy. Even in this capacity he still has enough wiggle room to deliver a short story that would take most lyricists a full year to get down on paper. It’s a full on assault from a lyrical marksman.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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