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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Pinata

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    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 stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer.

    Pinata is "a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax," Gibbs says, and the full-length result of a process that began in 2009. It's an album with a sound that couldn't be any further from the radio, where, according to the Gibbs, every rapper is Superman, or the dope dealer of the century, who has grinded to the top, never made a mistake and has no chinks in his armor.

    "I will show you my flaws, I'll show you what I've done wrong and what I've fucked up at," says the native of Gary, Indiana, the former steel town best known for producing Michael Jackson. "I don't regret shit, but I'll show you the things I'm not proud of."

    Gibbs is joined on Pinata 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.

    There's also Madlib's own self-awareness of his style as a producer. "My stuff, it ain't fully quantized...it has more of a human feel, so it might slow down or speed up," he says. "So you have to be the type of rapper, like Doom or Freddie, who can catch that, or else you'll be sounding crazy."

    Gibbs admits it was a challenge rapping over beats with chops and changes as unpredictable as the man who created them, but says-with conviction and supreme confidence-"I think I did it to perfection."

    The perfection is apparent on the album, where Gibbs shifts from textbook lessons in robbing and drugging on tracks like "Scarface" and "Knicks," to perhaps the album's most personal song, "Broken," a collaboration with Scarface, who, along with Tupac, DMX and 50 Cent, make up the rapper's own Mount Rushmore of MCs ("You're getting a hurricane of all those motherfuckers hitting you at once when you listen to Freddie Gibbs," he says). "Deeper," a Gibbs favorite and the third single from the album after "Thuggin'" (2012) and "Shame," (2013) is an ode to hip-hop in the mold of Common's "I Used to Love H.E.R."; "High," featuring Danny Brown, is self-explanatory and just what you would expect from Gibbs, Madlib and one of Detroit's finest; while on "Real," Gibbs addresses an old score just as Michael Corleone settled all family business on baptism day.

    It's tracks like "Real" that makes fans believe Gibbs' claim that "I'm about to show niggas how to rap again." And he's just as loyal. "As long as I keep satisfying them," he says, "everybody else is going to fall in line.

    As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music, and ten years into his career-a time when other artists become comfortable-Gibbs remains restless, focused, with an eye on the competition and their position relative to his ascent. This is because mentally, he's still on the corner hustling, which would be the downfall of the average rapper. Gibbs, however, isn't average.

    "When it comes to the nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty of this shit, flat-out spitting verse for verse," he says. "Niggas ain't on my level."

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    1. Supplier (Intro)
    Producers: Madlib
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    2. Scarface
    Producers: Madlib
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    3. Deeper
    Producers: Madlib
    Year: 2013
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    4. High
    featuring Danny Brown
    Producers: Madlib
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    5. Harold's
    Producers: Madlib
    Year: 2013
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    6. Bomb
    featuring Raekwon (of Wu-Tang Clan)
    Producers: Madlib
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    7. Shitsville
    Producers: Madlib
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    8. Thuggin'
    Producers: Madlib
    Year: 2011
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    9. Real
    Producers: Madlib
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    10. Uno
    Producers: Madlib
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    11. Robes
    featuring Domo Genesis (of Odd Future); Earl Sweatshirt (of Odd Future)
    Producers: Madlib
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    12. Broken
    featuring Scarface
    Producers: Madlib
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    13. Lakers
    featuring Ab-Soul (of Black Hippy); Polyester the Saint
    Producers: Madlib
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    14. Knicks
    Producers: Madlib
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    15. Shame
    featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
    Producers: Madlib
    Year: 2012
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    16. Watts (Interlude)
    featuring Big Time Watts
    Producers: Madlib
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    17. Piņata
    featuring Domo Genesis (of Odd Future); G-Wiz; Casey Veggies; Sulaiman; Meechy Darko; Mac Miller
    Producers: Madlib
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    4.2 Stars (4.2 Stars )
    Total Comments: 43
    Name: (Posted: 7/16/2014 6:31:00 AM; Partial IP: .158.133.7)
    Location: NY/GA
    Comment: (To dude bitching below me) STFU. Please. ASAP. I have a question though. Is that you Young Jeezy? I'd be mad at this album, too.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 7/9/2014 11:30:00 AM; Partial IP: 63.123.206)
    Location: USA
    Comment: I really don't understand the hype and excitement about this album. It sounds like all the other played out gangsta rap that people were cheesin over a few years ago. Dude's got no rhyme skills and Madlib's beats are fair at best. Take the "brand" Madlib out of the equation and the fact that Gibbs is from Indiana and this album would collect dust on the shelves. Even the YouTube videos are played out (guns, drugs, women, masks, *snore*). Horrible album. As one highly respected MC from NY told me when I asked what is so special about this...my man said, "Pssshh, I pay it no mind." Nuff said.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 7/4/2014 1:18:00 AM; Partial IP: 226.121.17)
    Location: WHERE MY FEET MEETS YOUR LIPS
    Comment: Easy 5 star effort, natural, raw, aggressive, no teenager garbage rap, this is scary yet conscious wiseman rap.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 5/3/2014 6:52:00 PM; Partial IP: 6.30.145.5)
    Location: new bedford, ma
    Comment: I want to like it more being such a Madlib fan, but Gibbs can't rap for shit, n*gga's style is old and played.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/4/2014 6:26:00 PM; Partial IP: 8.244.10.6)
    Location: los angeles
    Comment: Complete album front to back, lyrics and instrumentals. Mastering and mixing make the album more listenable, not harsh with played out rolling hi hats.
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/1/2014 7:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 65.106.231)
    Location: Austin, TX USA
    Comment: Production is 4.5 stars! Lyrics is 4 stars Overall is 4 stars This is a dope album front to back!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/28/2014 9:20:00 PM; Partial IP: 81.122.108)
    Location: Australia
    Comment: Best $40 I've spent this year hands down!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/28/2014 4:19:00 PM; Partial IP: 25.121.138)
    Location: NC
    Comment: Solid album. Gibbs has been doin his thing for a awhile now. I'm not a huge fan of all of earlier work but he def has the flow w/ style that is very influence by Tupac mixed w/ the mid-west acts like Bone Thugs. As for the album, I am really feeling HIGHER and BOMB as well as the other tracks previously released as EP. The only song they could of done w/o is the finale.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/24/2014 10:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 94.158.168)
    Location: Long I
    Comment: Amazing lyrically and beat wise madlib is a legend gibbs always be killing it I always support them both
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/24/2014 10:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 49.157.188)
    Location: mpls to bmore
    Comment: Gibbs and Lib... well done. Nice organic classic material. Effortless perfection you can't recreate or emulate. This shit is as smooth as it gets!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/24/2014 9:49:00 AM; Partial IP: 97.204.210)
    Location: Miami, USA
    Comment: FINALLY!! It was worth the wait!
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/24/2014 9:36:00 AM; Partial IP: 6.87.84.91)
    Location: Home
    Comment: Would have been a 5 star rating if this was an instrumental album. Sadly Gibbs limited vocabulary and redundant lyrics ( rhyming b$tch with b|tch ) gets old pretty fast but his cadence makes up for it. Phenominal if you don't listen to what he is saying but rather listening to his rythm. Btw madlib did an amazing job on the backbone of this project
    Name: (Posted: 3/24/2014 7:24:00 AM; Partial IP: .7.191.185)
    Location: n.o
    Comment: Album of the year - this is like 2Pac & Dr. Dre
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/22/2014 8:37:00 PM; Partial IP: .87.65.101)
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Comment: Dope album, subject matter gets kind of redundant but I love Gibbs blunt lyrics.
    1 Star
    Name: (Posted: 3/22/2014 7:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 50.248.118)
    Location: mexico
    Comment: Sad sad, the quality of Madlib now is just average,
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/22/2014 9:33:00 AM; Partial IP: .45.144.11)
    Location: Hell
    Comment: Has some good sample based beats but drums are so weak.. Did Madlib it intentionally? Hip-hop needs heavy beats that's more important than anything man..
    4 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/19/2014 8:51:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az
    Comment: this joint is tight,Madlib did his thing , Gibbs was ok nothing special, to be honest he really sound kinda like Roc C or Guilty Simpson not in Percee P or Med category but capable of holding down the mic!
    Name: (Posted: 3/19/2014 7:42:00 PM; Partial IP: .217.98.99)
    Location: Boston
    Comment: Gibbs is underrated, Madlib is absolutely mind blowing. Makes for a great listen especially with headphones.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/19/2014 11:31:00 AM; Partial IP: 87.153.245)
    Location: TN
    Comment: Awesome production by Madlib. Lyrics by Freddie are OK, but could've done a little better.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/19/2014 2:32:00 AM; Partial IP: .158.133.7)
    Location: NY/GA
    Comment: Incredible. Really nothing else to say.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/18/2014 9:35:00 PM; Partial IP: 18.209.162)
    Location: a city
    Comment: Gibbs did well. Lib did his things. But no synchro, no synergy. They should refer Killer Mike & El-P how they did harmonize.
    2 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/18/2014 1:10:00 PM; Partial IP: .58.11.226)
    Location: CO
    Comment: I can't get myself to give something Lib was on a 1 star. The beats are awesome, the raps are bad. I am disappointed Lib would work with a rapper so little to offer hip-hop. Where's the instrumentals LP? That is the ONLY thing that is great about this release. I see why I didn't know who Gibbs was before Madlib was producing him, because he's not worth knowing.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/17/2014 8:58:00 PM; Partial IP: 1.89.11.62)
    Location: Worcester
    Comment: Madlib actually sat down for these beats. Album came together quite nicely. And freddie prices himself worthy of the production too. Bomb is the banger
    Name: (Posted: 3/17/2014 10:26:00 AM; Partial IP: .57.243.43)
    Location: NYC
    Comment: Freddie Gibbs a little tip from all of hip hop, quit rapping you wanker your not a gangsta your a try hard nobody!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/17/2014 5:51:00 AM; Partial IP: 66.251.216)
    Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
    Comment: Never been a big fan of Freddie Gibbs solo work but always loved Madlibs way of production. Must say that this album is a very good listen to say it at least. Gibbs shows great flow and Madlib makes crazy beats. An album consisting of Blu, MED and Madlib sounds bad ass! Hope they follow up on the EP's.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/15/2014 7:15:00 PM; Partial IP: 67.169.131)
    Location: Greensboro, NC
    Comment: I can not get of enough of listening to this album. It's so motherfucking amazing. Freddie Gibbs is a lyricist to the core.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/15/2014 6:43:00 PM; Partial IP: 24.108.189)
    Location: qcnc
    Comment: decent album, a few too many weak beats and guest features, if you trim down to about 10 tracks you'd have an 4 star album. not bad
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/15/2014 12:07:00 PM; Partial IP: 11.100.239)
    Location: London, UK
    Comment: i think this album is more 4 and a half, amazing beats by Madlib as is the norm for him and Freddie Gibbs steps it up lyrically as expected when rapping over Madlib beats, the only thing that holds the album back is the more or less annoying title track which is soo weak when compared to the rest of the album, still... very pleased Madlib is still doing his thing, now lets hope a full album surfaces from Madlib, MED & Blu seeing as they've released 2 EP's already, now that's one album I'd be fuckin hyped to hear...
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/15/2014 10:30:00 AM; Partial IP: .49.104.10)
    Location: Brick City
    Comment: Amazing album. Lyrics and production are top notch. I know people have their own opinions but I dont really understand anyone who doesnt like this here. Best album I've heard in two years!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/15/2014 4:04:00 AM; Partial IP: .193.20.68)
    Location: Under
    Comment: If you don't like this album, your opinion doesn't matter. Nuff said.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/15/2014 3:48:00 AM; Partial IP: 196.151.12)
    Location: t dot
    Comment: ROBES! Madlib and Gibbs. Hip Hop ressurected :)
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/14/2014 4:22:00 PM; Partial IP: 81.125.193)
    Location: Montreal
    Comment: Such an amazing album. Flow is like a surfer riding a wave, production is like Michaelangelo finishing the final touches on a tremendously beautiful sculpture and the lyrics and pretty much like a minority's complex perspective that has lived through gentrification and oppression.
    Name: (Posted: 3/14/2014 1:04:00 PM; Partial IP: 46.139.145)
    Location: Ottawa
    Comment: Why would someone be selling coke when their trying to be an aspiring rap artist ?
    Name: (Posted: 3/14/2014 12:51:00 PM; Partial IP: .57.243.43)
    Location: OG
    Comment: Pity madlib would waste sick beats on a try hard loser like Freddie Gibbs, talk about some other things other than how fake you are! your wack as fuck!!!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/14/2014 6:44:00 AM; Partial IP: .218.50.76)
    Location: South Sandwich islands
    Comment: Hey Nathan, you don't know him so call him Madlib you douche. Oh yeah, fuck the police you herb!
    Name: (Posted: 3/10/2014 4:01:00 PM; Partial IP: .58.11.226)
    Location: Denver, CO
    Comment: Just saw these guys perform this weekend in Denver. Lib was the shit as usual, Gibbs is mostly average. We smoked Freddy Gibbs under the table, he was like "I'm f'n high ni@@er, sorry". He constantly raps about coke like it's the coolest thing ever, but says he doesn't use or sell it anymore. Every song ended with "F the police!". Yawn. Thank goodness Lib had such dope beats on this release, or it wouldn't be worth buying. I think I'll just pick up the vinyl instrumentals.
    Name: (Posted: 3/10/2014 1:51:00 PM; Partial IP: 237.51.168)
    Location: USA#1
    Comment: GANGSTA GIBBS! The man is MORE than worthy to be spitting over Madlib beats. Gibbs is the truth. This glock aint got no saftey, the owner has no patience, so don't make my finger and this trigger make relations. Poetry plain and simple. What hip-hop USED to be.
    Name: (Posted: 3/5/2014 9:36:00 PM; Partial IP: 19.123.171)
    Location: east coast
    Comment: i don't not like Gibbs granted have heard ten or so tracks of his but I'm hoping his lyrics can match the depth and pathos of madlibs beats, very few are worthy of spitting over the beat knoduckta
    Name: (Posted: 2/28/2014 4:02:00 AM; Partial IP: .7.188.118)
    Location: no
    Comment: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
    Name: (Posted: 2/27/2014 1:26:00 PM; Partial IP: .57.243.43)
    Location: montreal
    Comment: Freddie Gibbs is shocking.. madlib is wasting his time producing for a clout like him.
    Name: (Posted: 2/21/2014 6:54:00 AM; Partial IP: .26.69.104)
    Location: North East, UK
    Comment: I cannot wait for this. the singles over the last year have been epic. I dont normally listen to Freddie Gibbs, but he sounds so fresh over Madlibs beats. A classic in the making.
    Name: (Posted: 2/12/2014 6:20:00 AM; Partial IP: .151.78.87)
    Location: Alberton , Gauteng
    Comment: Already a CLASSIC before it even comes out...
    Name: (Posted: 2/7/2014 2:27:00 AM; Partial IP: 110.114.88)
    Location: Kramatorsk
    Comment: it would be fuckin dope shit, immortal classic. Bring raw rap back!
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