Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are the rapper/producer supergroup that go by the name MadGibbs. Since releasing their first EP in 2011, they’ve gone on to release two more EPs and one full-length album titled Piñata in 2014.
Gibbs was born in Gary, Indiana on June 14, 1982, as Frederick Tipton. There, the rapper grew up in the industrial community, but still made it to college playing football. He was later kicked out of college, which led him to briefly join the military. He would eventually turn to pimping and selling crack. Through all this, Gibbs was rapping and recording mixtapes.
In 2006, he signed with Interscope Records; soon after the label released him from his contract without releasing a debut album. Three years later, he released a round of free records via the Internet. Finally, in 2013, his official debut ESGN was released.
Before the release of that debut album, Gibbs teamed up with California producer Madlib to form a duo that went by MadGibbs. During this time they released three EP’s: Thuggin’ in 2011, Shame in 2012, and Deeper in 2013.
In 2014, the pair released their first full-length album, Piñata, to critical acclaim and making it to various end-of-year lists. The album featured collaborations with Scarface, Raekwon, Danny Brown, BJ the Chicago Kid, and others.
The future of a new MadGibbs project was teased in 2016, when Freddie sent out an update on his Twitter account that said, “Bandana.” No word on when the project will be released.