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Status Ain't Hood

Status Ain’t Hood: The Hazy, Abstract Persistence Of Madlib

On the list of history's greatest, most important rap producers, you will probably never find one with less ambition than Madlib. When I talk about…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2015 - 11:17 am

Status Ain't Hood

Status Ain’t Hood: How Is The Game Making Good Music In 2015?

When the Game released The Documentary just over a decade ago, it felt like the result of one of those bets that the uber-rich twins…
Tom Breihan | October 21, 2015 - 3:43 pm

List

5 Memorable Sets From Bonnaroo 2015 Sunday

Sundays at festivals can so often be a bittersweet thing. People are starting to get ragged, the festival grounds start to smell of some kind…
Ryan Leas | June 15, 2015 - 9:41 pm

More Madlib stories

Madlib Announces Another Album With Freddie Gibbs

The last time virtuosic Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs teamed up with California producer Madlib, they gave us Piñata, one of the best albums that either…
Peter Helman | May 8, 2016 - 11:46 am

Freddie Gibbs – “Cocaine Parties In L.A.”

If you've ever heard Piñata, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's collaborative album, then you already know that Gibbs knows how to tear a Madlib beat to…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2016 - 12:40 pm

Kanye West – “Real Friends” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign) & “No More Parties In LA” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Snippet)

Just as promised, Kanye West has released some new material today. It looks like it's actually two new tracks -- one called "Real Friends," which…
James Rettig | January 8, 2016 - 1:13 pm

MED, Blu & Madlib – “Knock Knock” (Feat. MF Doom)

Madlib and MF Doom fans have been impatiently waiting for the follow-up to Madvilliany to drop, and considering it's been over a decade since that…
Caitlin White | September 22, 2015 - 4:21 pm

6 Memorable Moments From Pitchfork Fest 2015 Sunday

It can be easy to feel beaten-down and bedraggled on the third day of a three-day festival, especially if you're not a teenager anymore. And…
Tom Breihan | July 20, 2015 - 10:42 am

Trouble Knows Me (Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring & Madlib) – “Trouble Knows Me”

Future Islands frontman has previously showed off his rap talents on stage, but never on record; when he guested on one of Gangrene's GTAV tracks,…
Chris DeVille | July 17, 2015 - 10:45 am

2014 In Review

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap's biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he's been promising.
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Knicks (Remix)” (Feat. Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ & Ransom)

Earlier this year, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib teamed up to release Piñata, their excellent collaborative album. One of the few album tracks that didn't have…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s” Video

When I write that YG's My Krazy Life is, to my mind, easily the best rap album of 2014 thus far, someone will inevitably show…
Tom Breihan | August 5, 2014 - 11:05 am

Madlib – “Black Dreams (Sludge Fight)”

Late last year, Madlib released the beat album Rock Konducta Pt. 1, with the promise that a Pt. 2 was on the way. Now we've…
Miles Bowe | June 11, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Deeper” Video

The gifted Indiana rap knucklehead Freddie Gibbs and the head-blown Oxnard producer Madlib have been collaborating for a few years, and back in spring, they…
Tom Breihan | June 3, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Watch Kanye Discuss J Dilla In Stones Throw Doc Outtake

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton is a new documentary about the influential and long-running California rap indie label Stones Throw, and it features a long…
Tom Breihan | May 29, 2014 - 11:35 am

The Anniversary

Madvillainy Turns 10

The underground has always been hip-hop's lifeblood. Born in unofficial dance parties spread only by word of mouth, hip-hop's beginnings are rooted away from the mainstream.
Sam Behrens | March 24, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Stream Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Piñata

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…
Tom Breihan | March 18, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Robes” (Feat. Earl Sweatshirt & Domo Genesis)

The head-busting Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and the brain-expanding California producer Madlib have already teamed up for a series of great songs ("Thuggin'," "Shame," "City,"
Tom Breihan | January 29, 2014 - 12:17 pm

List

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be.
Chris DeVille | December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Madlib – “Black Widow”

The spacey yet hardscrabble L.A. hip-hop producer Madlib has lent his midas touch to projects straightlaced (his recent gangster-rap triumphs with Freddie Gibbs), outré (his…
Chris DeVille | October 16, 2013 - 11:39 am
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