- Record Label: Madlib Invasion
- Release Date: Mar 18, 2014
- 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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Positive: 18 out of 19
Mixed: 1 out of 19
Negative: 0 out of 19
Apr 14, 2014The truly impressive thing about Piñata is that when the album is at its top level, it’s nearly untouchable.
Mar 25, 2014Madlib produced albums tend to only get better with age, and I don't expect Pinata to be an exception.
Mar 13, 2014Piñata 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.
Mar 13, 2014It 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.
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.
Mar 13, 2014When 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
Mar 13, 2014Gibbs' 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.
Positive: 36 out of 36
Mixed: 0 out of 36
Negative: 0 out of 36
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
Dec 17, 2020Top 5 rap albums of this decade top 20 all time. Freddie's chemistry with Madlib is as smooth as knife going through butter.
Jun 30, 2014Unbelievable 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.… Expand
Mar 22, 20158.6/10................................................................................................................................................
Jul 6, 2014Album of the year so far (except La Dispute rooms of the house) every beat on this album is pure gold even the skit/interlude ones andAlbum of the year so far (except La Dispute rooms of the house) every beat on this album is pure gold even the skit/interlude ones and freddies and all the other verses is the icing on top that immerse you more into the music… Expand
Jun 12, 2014With superb production and a flow to match, everything just feels right with this album. High points include Deeper, Thuggin, Uno and Robes.With superb production and a flow to match, everything just feels right with this album. High points include Deeper, Thuggin, Uno and Robes. At some points Gibbs delivery and lyrical content is lack luster, but overall a great listen.… Expand
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