After the success of tracks like “Thuggin’,” “Shame,” and “Deeper,” Freddie Gibbs and Madlib (collectively known as Madgibbs) are getting ready for the release of their first joint full-length with the 17-track Piñata. The album’s slated to drop on March 18th through Madlib’s imprint Madlib Invazion, and features a mix of established and emerging emcees including Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Mac Miller, Danny Brown, and more. “Piñata” also marks the first time in Gibbs’ career that the LA rapper has completed a project with just one producer.
Piñata is “a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax,” Gibbs explains, “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 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,” the Indiana native continues. “I don’t regret sh*t, but I’ll show you the things I’m not proud of.”
Madlib goes on to point out, “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 confessed it was a challenge to rap in time over beats as unpredictable as Madlib himself, but also informs with supreme confidence that he “did it to perfection.”
“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.” And in anticipation of all this greatness, “Robes” (featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis is available for streaming now…