Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata dropped yesterday – and today you can get a taste of it with this stream of the entire album. This LP will be on everybody’s list at the end of the year, believe that!
17 tracks, featuring every mother fvcker in the rap game worth fvcking with. This collaboration began in late 2011. After three EP’s, a 45 and a handful of videos, the album is here.
Buy now @ Rappcats Store (9,99$ 320kbps). That price tag is a joke.
Gibbs is joined on Pinata by Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul and a host of others in setting his soliloquies of the streets alongside film snippets and dusted funk, soul and prog musical tapestries. While this is the latest in a series of single-artist collaborations for Madlib, after Jaylib (J Dilla), Madvillainy (MF Doom) and the street-centric O.J. Simpson with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, the pairing is unique as it is the first time for Gibbs working with just one producer.
There’s also Madlib’s own self-awareness of his style as a producer. “My stuff, it ain’t fully quantized…it has more of a human feel, so it might slow down or speed up,” he says. “So you have to be the type of rapper, like Doom or Freddie, who can catch that, or else you’ll be sounding crazy.”
Gibbs admits it was a challenge rapping over beats with chops and changes as unpredictable as the man who created them, but says—with conviction and supreme confidence—“I think I did it to perfection.”
Ronnie Reese, Rappcats.com