Freddie Gibbs And Madlib - Pinata

The hardnosed Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and the fuzzy-brained California producer Madlib first worked together more than two years ago, and if the combination was an unlikely one, they developed a swift chemistry, with Gibbs just ripping through Madlib’s airy tracks. Since than initial team-up, we’ve posted a ton of their tracks together: “Thuggin’,” “Shame,” “City,” “Deeper,” “Harold’s,” “Robes.” Now, they’ve teamed up for the full-length collab Piñata. With its crazy-impressive list of guests, the album works as something of an underground rap summit meeting; Scarface, Raekwon, Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller, and Domo Genesis are among the guests. But it’s better understood as the kind of great album that can happen when a truly simpatico rapper and producer join forces and push each other artistically. Use Spotify to stream the album below.

Piñata is out now on Madlib’s Madlib Invazion label.

Comments (5)
  1. Listened to it this morning and it is excellent. Madlib’s production provides a very cohesive sound and Freddie Gibbs has a great flow and delivery. I liked Oxymoron and all but I think this is the hip hop album to beat so far in 2014.

  2. I am loving this.

    I had comically large expectations for this album, and against all odds, it met them. Between this and the new Kevin Gates, I’ll be pretty occupied this week.

  3. I’m not feeling this Freddie Gibbs at all. Per usual, Madlib’s production is predictably brilliant. But Freddie Gibbs? I don’t know, he’s like nails on a chalkboard.

    I’ll pick up the instrumental when that drops.

  4. The thing that turned me onto hip hop in the first place was the undeniable confidence and swagger of 2pac and Biggie. I feel like Freddie is the first rapper to bring that to the table in a long time.

    Also, Madlib doesn’t choose weak rappers for his projects. The guy’s resume is flawless.

    This record is fresh to death.

    When I first hear Freddie Gibbs I didn’t think he had anything special on him, I actually thought he was just like any average rapper making Trap music until I hear this album. WOW! From beginning to end I love this album. I didn’t think that a great album was going to come out in a while since Good Kid M.A.A.D City. Gibbs has a really good flow, intricate lyrics and a special way of telling a story. Madlib did his job producing amazing smooth and soulful beats full of samples and interludes.

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