Piñata

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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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Score distribution:
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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 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.
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  2. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    Unbelievable production from Madlib and a very improved and consistent Freddie Gibbs. One of those few rap albums that from start to finishUnbelievable production from Madlib and a very improved and consistent Freddie Gibbs. One of those few rap albums that from start to finish (and it's quite a trip with 21 songs), never fails to add something new to the whole experience.

    A big leap forward for Freddie and a reminder to all of us that Madlib is the beat and sample master of hip hop.

    Definitely album of the year for 2014.
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  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 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
  4. Apr 23, 2014
    9
    Indiana 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
  5. Apr 7, 2014
    9
    Really tough, this album is downright kick-ass, smooth gangster, dusty tape-deck wonderland. I feel like I'm listening to Madvillany's youngerReally tough, this album is downright kick-ass, smooth gangster, dusty tape-deck wonderland. I feel like I'm listening to Madvillany's younger cousin from Longbeach. The one who just got out of county for a possesion charge, and moved back east to live with family because, 'some crazy chicken-head claims she's having my baby'. And these songs are all the hood stories of the past few years back in Cali. Gibbs does a great job of painting a 40oz soaked picture of this compassionate thug. Who will cuss out a corner store clerk, and then give a kid a few bucks for a snack while he's walking out the door. Madlib's perfected execution of creating an aesthetic with his mixture of samples and snippets is as strong as ever, and he really shines on this awe-inspiring record. Without a shade of doubt in my mind, Piñata stomps on this years timeline as not only the best hip hop project of 2014 thus far, but possibly of the year all together. I couldn't be any more satisfied with it. Every listen, I finish this album just staring at the wall, thinking...we've got a classic on our hands here. REALLY. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2014
    9
    Freddie 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
  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 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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