- 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.
- Record Label: Madlib Invasion
- Genre(s): Rap
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Mar 17, 2014Startling 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.
Positive: 22 out of 22
Mixed: 0 out of 22
Negative: 0 out of 22
Apr 4, 2014For fans of Madlib, and for those walking around still with an anticipation for a "Madvillainy" follow-up, this record from Indiana rapperFor 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.… Expand
Aug 15, 2014Freddie Gibbs, arguably the biggest bad guy in hip-hop has crafted the best hip-hop album of 2014 thus far. His sharp lyricism and technicallyFreddie 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
Mar 18, 2014This album is incredible, Freddie Gibbs flows effortlessly over this excellent soulful madlib production throughout, a must have if you are aThis 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
Apr 23, 2014Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs teams up with legendary hip hop producer Madlib for what will be surely one of the most essential hip hop albumsIndiana rapper Freddie Gibbs teams up with legendary hip hop producer Madlib for what will be surely one of the most essential hip hop albums of the year, or even the past five even. If you're looking for Madvillainy part 2, you will be disappointed though.… Expand
Mar 19, 2014Freddie Gibbs and Madlib really delivered here without question. This album is extremely cohesive and on the whole, flows really well betweenFreddie Gibbs and Madlib really delivered here without question. This album is extremely cohesive and on the whole, flows really well between tracks. “Knicks” to “Shame” is still an odd choice to me, but otherwise, everything really fit nicely for me. Madlib’s production was top-notch throughout. I honestly cannot think of a beat I did not enjoy on this album or a track in which the beat and Gibbs' verses did not share the spotlight almost equally. In terms of Freddie Gibbs, dude is one of the best out right now. His flow is on point, his verses are on point, and really, I cannot think of a bad thing to say about him on this album. Another major plus this album has going for it is the features. Some were sketchy on paper for me (Earl Sweatshirt? Sulaiman?), but all of them worked well and added to the songs they were featured on. Usually, a major problem with him is that his albums/mixtapes are a bit on the long side and can have some filler on them, but here, that problem is nonexistent. Every track brought something to the table and never felt like excess. It is hard to think of a better rapper/producer combo in rap right now than Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, as whenever they get together, magic happens. Then again, Freddie Gibbs could rap over an orchestra falling down the stairs and sound dope, while Madlib could make Chief Keef sound like Common on one of his beats. These two guys are just special in their own right, so when they come together, it is a true blessing.… Expand
Apr 14, 2014If 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 haveIf 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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