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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 of putrid something, the big climactic headliners may have come and gone. So often, whoever’s left playing that final night, when the work week looms around the corner, has a… More »

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. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

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. The cutting edge of the genre has been found under rocks, in dark corners — something that’s never more true than when you speak of the woozy beats and lexical gymnastics of… More »

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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 the third day of this year’s Pitchfork Festival started like that, with the great Waxahatchee playing a warm, pretty set that never quite achieved liftoff. (It wasn’t their fault. It’… More »

By: 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, he sang the hook. That changes today as Herring unveils Trouble Knows Me, his new hip-hop duo with superproducer and serial collaborator Madlib. The group are releasing a self-titled 12″… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 17, 2015 - 10:45 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 any guest rappers was the floaty sneer “Knicks.” But now there’s a new version of the song with a bunch of other rappers. Gibbs and Madlib will release their KnicksMore »

By: 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 up in the comments section and make a case for Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s Piñata. Well, sorry. YG may not be anywhere near the technical rapper that Gibbs is, but… More »

By: 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 gotten word that it indeed is, along with a definitive version of the full double album, Rock Konducta which will amount to more than 50 tracks. This seems like the… More »

By: 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 teamed up to release the collaborative album Piñata. Now, Gibbs stars in the video for the Piñata track “Deeper,” which Madlib and Gibbs first released as a single last year. More »

By: 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 list of luminaries, including Snoop Dogg, Mike D, Common, DOOM, Madlib, Tyler, The Creator, and label founder Peanut Butter Wolf. But the most famous talking head in the movie i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2014 - 11:35 am

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 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,”… More »

By: 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,” “Deeper, “Harold’s“), and their collaborative album Piñata is scheduled to arrive in a couple of months. BBC radio just debuted “Robes,” which has Gibbs alongside Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014 - 12:17 pm

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. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: 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 legendary 2004 Madvillain LP with MF Doom) and in between (his solo material as Quasimoto and the J. Dilla collaboration Jaylib). Along the way, he’s done a lot to perfect… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 16, 2013 - 11:39 am

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Harold’s”

The unlikely duo of Indiana G-rapper Freddie Gibbs and expansive California producer Madlib first teamed up almost two years ago, and just about everything they’ve made since then has been fire. We won’t get to hear their guest-packed collaborative album Piñata until next year, but they’re still giving us music to tide us over. Earlier… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – “Deeper”

Frequent collaborators Freddie Gibbs and Madlib opened up the summer with their track “City” and now close it out with “Deeper,” the anchor track from an EP of the same name they’ll release next week. Deeper is the duo’s third work together, their past collections including 2011’s Thuggin’ and Shame from 2012. The two will… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 3, 2013 - 3:05 pm

Quasimoto – “Catchin’ The Vibe” Video

Earlier this year the great Lord Quas (the alter-ego of Madlib) released a pretty great rarities compilation called Yessir Whatever. Now there’s a video for the track “Catchin’ The Vibe” that features a vinyl crafting garbage man. Now when I say garbage man I don’t mean like a state appointed refuse collector — I mea… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 7, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Madlib And Freddie Gibbs – “City” (Feat. Karriem Riggins)

The perma-blunted cratedigging producer Madlib and the virtuosic Indiana G-rapper Freddie Gibbs have previously linked for two excellent EPs — check their collabs “Thuggin” and “Shame” — and now they’re hard at work on a full-on collaborative full-length called Piñata. (Bonus points for having the restraint to not call it MadGibbs.) Their latest track together,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 19, 2013 - 10:54 am

Madlib – “The Mad March”

The enigmatic Californian rap producer Madlib is exactly the type of person to make a new track, put it on a 7″ single, only make 300 copies of that single, and then only sell those copies to the people who show up at one specific show. His new two-track single Rock Conducta is only available… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Quasimoto – “Planned Attack”

The spaced-out, impressionist West Coast underground rap producer Madlib has released two albums and one EP under his squeaky-voiced alter-ego Quasimoto, but it’s been about eight years since the last of those came out. This summer, though, Lord Quas will return in the form of a rarities compilation called Yessir Whatever, which collects tracks from… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2013 - 12:37 pm
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