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.