Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Freddie Gibs & Madlib - 2014 - Pinata

Freddie Gibbs is a rapper from Gary, Indiana. Pinata is his second LP with another solo LP scheduled for later this year. Freddie Gibbs is your classic gangsta rapper with a voice constantly being composed to Tupac. Freddie Gibbs' street tales and drug dealing are laid out matter of factly with none of the gloss or shine modern rappers use. Self described as having "an icemaker for a heart," Gibbs uses Madlibs inventive beats to take detours and back roads into memories he might not otherwise visit. Throw in guest verses from luminaries like Raekwon and Scarface and newcomers like Ab-Soul, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt and you've got a banger.

Madlib is a DJ and producer from Oxnard, California. Pinata is his 10th LP with an equal number of collaborations with other people as well as releases under the names of Jaylib, Madvillain, Quasimoto and Yesterdasy New Quintet. Madlib has worked with rappers like Talib Kweli, MF Doom and producers like J Dilla. He has developed a reputation as a crate digger with a taste for jazz, pyschedelic soul and blaxpolitation funk all of which he puts to great use on this album. Instead of a traditional boom bap Freddie Gibbs gets old school funk and soul to spit his street tales on. If you like hip hop or rap in any capacity, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata is essential listening.