Piñata - Madlib
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Universal acclaim- based on 79 Ratings

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  • Summary: The debut release for the collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and Madlib features guest appearances from such artists as Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Mac Miller, Raekwon, Scarface, and Earl Sweatshirt.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 14, 2014
    90
    The truly impressive thing about Piñata is that when the album is at its top level, it’s nearly untouchable.
  2. Mar 25, 2014
    85
    Madlib produced albums tend to only get better with age, and I don't expect Pinata to be an exception.
  3. 83
    Piñata comes with just enough to reduce the daunting 17-track length to a non-factor, although it drags a bit with overt nostalgia toward the fourth quarter.
  4. Mar 13, 2014
    80
    It doesn't matter if Gibbs and Madlib were once considered artists playing to different audiences--united in their uncompromising, independent-as-fuck visions, they put together something hardcore hip-hop heads on both sides should feel.
  5. Mar 17, 2014
    80
    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.
  6. Mar 13, 2014
    75
    When Piñata's 61 minutes is up it instantly feels like you've heard it 61 times. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's more of a realisation that you knew what was coming and you enjoyed it
  7. Mar 13, 2014
    60
    Gibbs' rough edges scrap up against Madlib's strings, and sometimes Piñata sounds like a low-key affair. It also feels a little dated, because Madlib has been practicing this kind of project for a decade.

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  1. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    For fans of Madlib, and for those walking around still with an anticipation for a "Madvillainy" follow-up, this record from Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and the one and only master producer Madlib, is the closest piece of work we get to it. Simply put, that this is a pretty damn fantastic collaboration from the two.

    Gibbs is one hard-hitting rapper, with more rough, punch and hunger on the mic than example what a MF Doom would be spitting, or to say, your average rapper today. And he some what delivers quite monotone at times.
    Though I know Gibbs is a spitter, that I know, never denied his skills when it comes to his lyrics, flow and punch-lines. Though that, Freddie Gibbs is a rapper I've never fully been into or given a full try for the tapes released. Projects, songs I always ended up tagging them as a bit boring and redundant, maybe I should let it sit with me more?

    But, here, here this landed, here on, Gibbs managed to stick with some interesting concepts, raps, versatility. With this, he made me a fan, a fan I am at last.

    Madlib, as usual provides the MC with some beautifully, dusty, catchy layered production, such as the personal favorite cut of mine, "Shame", featuring a great, loving sample with a top off that a hook from the beast, BJ The Chicago Kid smoothly adding on his vocals. Too much goods going on, from the loops to just the vocals and lyrical- subject. A killer track, with a killer melody.
    **** a muddy, schizo, fast track with another ear-grabbing hook, and hard painted verses by Gibbs. A track that could have easily made it's way through OutKast's LP "Stankonia", sonically if whatnot.

    Gibbs is self aware about his flaws. What he once seen as right during youth and decisions made, seen later on becoming the wrong.
    Gibbs is relatable, and so strongly seen on the introspective track like "Deeper".
    Madlib's production through out feels dirty to it's backdrop, despite yet soulful and yummy as seen on the Odd Future affiliates Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt appearance on "Robes". Sometimes, going from string sections and tingling instrumentals, to jazzy or in a more funky rythm.
    It's a warm feel, a warm ride with this.
    A ride, I'll confidentiality can say, will end up topping the year, when out of twenty-fourteen.
    A record that will get better with time, and can surely enough last the test of time.
    An LP I'll come back to.
    From humorous skits to gun-clapping, siren haunted tracks. This is one must experience to have, and to be sitting with phat.

    Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Piñata", is what's to love about hip hop and music overall.
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  2. Aug 15, 2014
    10
    Freddie Gibbs, arguably the biggest bad guy in hip-hop has crafted the best hip-hop album of 2014 thus far. His sharp lyricism and technically precise flow on each track compliment the soulful and extravagant production from Madlib beautifully. People were waiting to see how these two would compliment eachother, and the result is just as good as "Madvillian". Expand
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    This album is incredible, Freddie Gibbs flows effortlessly over this excellent soulful madlib production throughout, a must have if you are a true hip-hop fan. No doubt will end up in many people's top 5 of the year (including mine). Expand
  4. Apr 6, 2014
    9
    Gorgeous production. The samples are absolutely that. If you're a fan of Madlib, the genius who worked with MF Doom and brought us Madvilliany, you need to get this.

    Freddie Gibbs is also great. His rapping reminds of old-school rapping, which actually fits the overall mood of this album.

    One of the best rap albums I've heard in quite some time. Glad to have had this opportunity.
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  5. Mar 31, 2014
    9
    Incredible project coming from Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. Without a doubt, this will be heralded as one of the best projects of 2014. Madlib's production is top-notch and Gibbs rhymes so effortlessly over the instrumentation; it's a match come from heaven. Expand
  6. May 11, 2014
    9
    Most definitely a "blaxploitation film on wax". A flawlessly harmonious symbiosis of typical gangster-esque lyrical themes and refreshing production. Shame about the occasionally lacklustre guest features. Yes, that's you Mac Miller. A- Expand
  7. Apr 14, 2014
    7
    If you are not careful, this album may sound like a classic. It is a very good album. The production was A. However, Freddie Gibbs still have the same problem he had on ESGN. He lack lyrical depth and complexity. His flow is outstanding, and his attitude is enjoyable, but this album will not add anything to your mind. Also, most of the features were flops, which which is not Gibbs fault. 75/100 Expand

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