|Now on cassette!|
Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets but unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Pinata, a 17 track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining an at times stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer.
Pinata is ''a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax,'' says Gibbs, who came up on the streets of Gary, Indiana, the disregarded city previously best known for producing Michael Jackson. Here he is joined by Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul and a host of others in setting his soliloquies of the streets alongside film snippets and dusted funk, soul and prog musical tapestries. While this is the latest in a series of single-artist collaborations for Madlib, after Jaylib (J Dilla), Madvillainy (MF Doom) and the street-centric O.J. Simpson with Detroit's Guilty Simpson, the pairing is unique as it is the first time for Gibbs working with just one producer.
I'm a keep it 100 with you mang, this album is fu**ing legendary! Freddie and Mad go in on this one!!!! This is some new age 2pac/Biggie/Nas shit except even harder. Ya, I said it! Gibbs is the hardest MC and one of the most intelligent as well. When these boys combine on tracks the outcome is legendary. It's time for the west coast and the whole world to wake up and bump the hell out of these gangster tracks that have perfect samples that seem like they fell from heaven and the most elegant bass ''Thuggin'''. There are too many classic tracks like ''Lakers'' ft. Ab-Soul and Polyester the Saint. The sample on that track is another soul classic like Madlib is known for. The album is just in time for spring with plenty of fresh vibes. Album is crazy fire and a sure must cop! Can't stress enough how bad ass this album is, and you know it has to be the best album so far this 2014!