About Big Gib
While he always enjoyed writing poems and stories, Big Gib got his start rapping in high school. "I first started rapping in high school. A group of us would gather outside of the gym on lunch and my friend and now producer, Bud "Soundbreka" Edmondson, would make beats on the trash can and we would stand around freestyling. It didnt take long to realize that I actually had a way with words and that freestyling came pretty easily." Gib says. Throughout school Gib was in the band and reading and writing music came naturally to him. Gib learned to play several musical instruments including teaching himself to play guitar around the age of 13. "I played sports throughout my childhood and when I was younger, but as I got older and got into High School I had to choose between music and sports. I knew that I would not be able to play sports professionally, but music, on the other hand, was something that I felt like I really had a chance to do so I focused on it!"
Big Gib graduated from High School in 2003 and for years his musical talents went unused until 2006 when he joined the army. Shortly after arriving at Ft. Hood, Texas, Gib was deployed to Iraq. While in Iraq he started connecting with other people with the same love of music and setup a studio in his room and started recording. The result was a mixtape featuring all military members from all over the country, "Seven On Da ComeOut". After returning to the states in 2008 Gib upgraded his gear and started taking his music more seriously. In mid 2008 he released his highly anticipated mixtape, "Real Talk". Over the next 2 years, and another deployment to Iraq, Big Gib continued to make and push his music, and was featured on various mixtapes hosted by the likes of Hot Rod from G-Unit, Killah Priest from Wu-Tang, Willy Northpole from Disturbin Tha Peace, and DJ Whoo Kid.
In 2010 Gib got out of the military started working for a label out of Killeen, Texas, World Wide Money Inc., where he was an artist, songwriter, and eventually served as President of the label. With a roster of talent from all over the states World Wide Money was on a mission and found regional success building a pretty good buzz doin shows all over central Texas including securing opening acts for Trae the Truth, Scarface, 8-Ball & MJG, and more. In early 2011 they released the labels first official mixtape, "World Wide Money: The Preview" and shortly after Big Gib dropped his next solo mixtape "The Rise Above The Grind" Despite all the success with World Wide Money, Big Gib decided to leave the label for personal reasons.
After leaving World Wide Money, Gib started working with a label out of Ft. Worth/Dallas, Texas, Mr. Bones Productions, whom he still works closely with today. Gib decided to move back home to Arkansas to be closer to his son mid 2011 and to focus on his own label Divine Musik Group. "I just felt like it was the right thing to do. I had already been away from my son for 2 years and despite the success that I was having in the industry in Texas, I needed to be home, closer to my son. I want to use the knowledge and the connects that I made while in Texas and all over the world to help further my career and help put Arkansas on the map on a national level as well", Gib says.
Over the two years Big Gib has been patiently waiting, writing, and planning in order to take the next step in his musical career. He is currently about to start recording his next mixtape, "Family, Money, Music". "I cannot wait for my fans and everyone else to hear the new music that I have been working on for so long. I feel like it is definitely my best work ever, and with production from DJ Smallz' production label Fear Factor Music Group, I know this is going to be my best project ever. Im excited for everyone to hear it and to take things to the next level. A-State Raise Up!"