Freddie Gibbs has released a powerful cover of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson’s 1974 track, “Winter in America.”
For the new rendition, Gibbs joined forces with instrumentalist and producer Leon Michels. The Indiana rapper delivers his own gravelly take on Heron’s lines: “And now it’s winter, yеah / Winter in America, yeah / And all the healers been killed / Or sent away,” he sings.
The rendition was recorded for Music for the Movement/Black History Always Vol 2 compilation. The upcoming release is part of an ongoing project between The Undefeated—ESPN’s content initiative exploring race and culture—and Hollywood Records, and will also feature songs by Tinashe, Tobe Nwigwe, Brent Faiyaz and more.
Listen to Freddie Gibbs’ rendition of “Winter in America” below: