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Piñata

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib

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With a delivery that sounds like 2Pac pitched down a notch, and a technical, streetwise proficiency that's Scarface-styled and just as solid, Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is a rare find, but his odd come-up is arguably even more interesting. Promoted by websites with more of an indie spin and hanging with more left-field folk like Chip tha Ripper, SpaceGhostPurrp, and the Cool Kids, Gibbs is a gruff thug who allows access to the avant side of the underground, something that's especially attractive to any edgy beatmaker with a love of hardcore lyrics. In the case of this superior collaboration called Piñata, that beatmaker is Madlib, the wonderfully cloudy king of groove who has long anchored the Stones Throw label to the street. Here, one of his hands is guided by RZA, while the other is guided by Dilla, combining for some creeping, off-world karate movie themes like "Thuggin'" (where Gibbs' proudly admits his "Pants gonna be saggin' till I'm forty"), while "Broken" floats with, apt to its title, some dreamy broken beat soul (prompting Freddie to brilliantly ruminate "Swear I've seen everything but old age"). Madlib's fans will have to do the most adapting, as the skittishness found on his Medicine Show series of releases is smoothed out with more chilled beats and longer running times, but the deliciously off-kilter production style is there and strong, influencing Gibbs to go "Deeper" on the cut of the same name, where he views the local wrecks in his neighborhood as more mature than himself, simply because they're not dealing with this young man's game called "hip-hop". Startling numbers like the block-rockin' then dissolving "Real" crop up throughout the album and make this project even more than a sum of its parts, and with the track list flowing smoothly as attractive guests (Danny Brown, Raekwon, Scarface, Mac Miller, and the list goes diversely and gloriously on) come and go, Piñata winds up excellent overall. Extra points are added for being a peerless success while still giving fans of Mobb Deep, Slum Village, Young Buck, Odd Future, and David Banner enough familiar touchstones for easy access.
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Supplier
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
00:00:48

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

2
Scarface
Various Interprets
00:02:06

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

3
Deeper
Various Interprets
00:03:19

Madlib, Composer, Writer - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

4
High (feat. Danny Brown)
Various Interprets
00:02:57

Danny Brown, FeaturedArtist - Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

5
Harold’s
Various Interprets
00:02:48

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

6
Bomb (feat. Raekwon)
Various Interprets
00:03:43

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Raekwon, FeaturedArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

7
Shitsville
Various Interprets
00:03:31

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

8
Thuggin’
Various Interprets
00:03:45

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

9
Real
Various Interprets
00:03:34

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

10
Uno
Various Interprets
00:02:46

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

11
Robes (feat. Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt)
Various Interprets
00:05:04

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Domo Genesis, FeaturedArtist - Earl Sweatshirt, FeaturedArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

12
Broken (feat. Scarface)
Various Interprets
00:04:08

Scarface, FeaturedArtist - Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

13
Lakers (feat. Ab-Soul, Polyester the Saint)
Various Interprets
00:04:30

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Ab-Soul, FeaturedArtist - Polyester the Saint, FeaturedArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

14
Knicks
Various Interprets
00:03:39

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

15
Shame (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
Various Interprets
00:03:03

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - BJ The Chicago Kid, FeaturedArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

16
Watts (feat. Big Time Watts)
Various Interprets
00:01:55

Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Big Time Watts, FeaturedArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

17
Piñata (feat. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko, Mac Miller)
Various Interprets
00:08:33

Sulaiman, FeaturedArtist - Madlib, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Mac Miller, FeaturedArtist - Freddie Gibbs, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Casey Veggies, FeaturedArtist - Domo Genesis, FeaturedArtist - G-Wiz, FeaturedArtist - Meechy Darko, FeaturedArtist

2014 Madlib Invazion 2014 Madlib Invazion

Album review

With a delivery that sounds like 2Pac pitched down a notch, and a technical, streetwise proficiency that's Scarface-styled and just as solid, Gary, Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs is a rare find, but his odd come-up is arguably even more interesting. Promoted by websites with more of an indie spin and hanging with more left-field folk like Chip tha Ripper, SpaceGhostPurrp, and the Cool Kids, Gibbs is a gruff thug who allows access to the avant side of the underground, something that's especially attractive to any edgy beatmaker with a love of hardcore lyrics. In the case of this superior collaboration called Piñata, that beatmaker is Madlib, the wonderfully cloudy king of groove who has long anchored the Stones Throw label to the street. Here, one of his hands is guided by RZA, while the other is guided by Dilla, combining for some creeping, off-world karate movie themes like "Thuggin'" (where Gibbs' proudly admits his "Pants gonna be saggin' till I'm forty"), while "Broken" floats with, apt to its title, some dreamy broken beat soul (prompting Freddie to brilliantly ruminate "Swear I've seen everything but old age"). Madlib's fans will have to do the most adapting, as the skittishness found on his Medicine Show series of releases is smoothed out with more chilled beats and longer running times, but the deliciously off-kilter production style is there and strong, influencing Gibbs to go "Deeper" on the cut of the same name, where he views the local wrecks in his neighborhood as more mature than himself, simply because they're not dealing with this young man's game called "hip-hop". Startling numbers like the block-rockin' then dissolving "Real" crop up throughout the album and make this project even more than a sum of its parts, and with the track list flowing smoothly as attractive guests (Danny Brown, Raekwon, Scarface, Mac Miller, and the list goes diversely and gloriously on) come and go, Piñata winds up excellent overall. Extra points are added for being a peerless success while still giving fans of Mobb Deep, Slum Village, Young Buck, Odd Future, and David Banner enough familiar touchstones for easy access.
© David Jeffries /TiVo

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