Freddie Gibbs has released his cover of Gil Scott-Heron‘s “Winter In America” for a single off the Black History Always – Music For The Movement Vol. 2 EP. The project is the second installment between The Undefeated (ESPN) and Hollywood Records. On the new release, Gibbs shares his version of the original lyrics:
From the Indians, we welcomed the pilgrims/ And to the buffalos that once ruled the plain/ Like the vultures in the dark clouds, looking for the rain/ Looking for the rain, I said, I’m looking for the rain/ Yeah, I’m looking for the rain, just like the cities staggered on the coastline/ In a nation that can’t take much more/ Like the forest buried underneath the highway/ Highway, never had a chancе to grow/ I never had a chance to grow
The Black History Always – Music For The Movement Vol. 2 EP is set for release today as well (Feb. 26). As stated, the EP is the second volume of the ongoing project between The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture, and Hollywood Records. Black History Always is the follow up to Vol. I’s I Can’t Breathe which features Rapsody, Keedron Bryant, Jensen McRae, Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin and Alex Isley. “Winter In America” was originally released in 1975, and the song is an examination of American colonialism and racism. The artwork was illustrated by Matthew Dicks.
Last year, Gibbs teamed up with The Alchemist for Alfredo. The project contained 10 tracks with additional features from Rick Ross, Benny The Butcher, Tyler, The Creator, and Conway The Machine. Alfredo became both Gibbs and Alchemist’s highest-charting album to date, peaking at number 15 on the Billboard 200 thanks to 30,000 album equivalent units sold during its first week of release. On top of the many accolades from magazines and music websites, Alfredo has also earned the duo a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.
Listen to “Winter In America” by Freddie Gibbs down below.