Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Talk ‘Piñata,’ Reveal Album Release Date

blame it on Shake January 30, 2014
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Following up on the success of their previous collaborations, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are back at it and have announced that their highly-anticipated full-length Piñata will be released on March 18th via Madlib Invazion.

With past collaborations including “Shame,” “Thuggin,” “Harold’s” and “Deeper,” MadGibbs’ forthcoming LP will feature 17-tracks including features from Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Raekwon, Scarface, BJ the Chicago Kid, Danny Brown and a couple of those OF kids.

To help celebrate the releases, the two will be hitting the road for a few shows.

3/7/13 – Chicago, IL – Metro
3/8/13 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
3/15/13 – Austin, TX – North Door (Stones Throw showcase) #
3/21/13 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs #
3/22/13 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
3/27/13 – San Francisco, CA – 103 Harriet
3/28/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex

# = Madlib solo

For more details on the album, check out the official press release below.

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. Piñata, 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.

Piñata 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 Piñata 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.”

– Ronnie Reese

  • Tino

    Damn they didnt reveal the Ab-Soul features title but I need to hear that “Broken” record with Scarface ASAP! This was already a must buy for me and after the features even more so. And I hope that Jeezy diss record lands on this LP too, cant fucking wait!

    • wat

      Ughhhh, Scarface on a Madlib beat. That’s so amazing that it’s just disgusting.

      • shake

        The moment I saw Scarface, I lost my noodle.

        • wat

          Hood wisdom being preached over a Madlib instrumental. Man… I’ll cry if this album gets pushed back AGAIN.

          • Tino

            Dude im in that same boat, Gibbs Speaks that Hood izm, “Shame” and “Thuggin” are both just so raw, every player can relate to that shit mane… Madlib is a genius in my eyes. This project cant get here soon enough.

          • wat

            “High” with Danny Brown should be NUTS. I imagine Madlib gave them a more unorthodox beat than usual.

          • Tino

            OMG yes i can’t believe i forgot about that, That beat is prolly so crazy cause danny brown is wild and the energy he brings to a record is insane. I just want to see madlib do a live set one time, its on my bucket list for sure.

          • wat

            Goddammit, just think, we could’ve got the album on TUESDAY but of course it gets pushed back.

          • Tino

            Nope dont even want to think about it, just going to make me angry, I get angry enough listening to some Gibbs records. I swear everytime I hear “Eastside Moonwalker” I feel like robbing somebodys whip Grand Theft Auto style. Its bad man.

          • wat

            Haha. I feel so gangsta watching the Thuggin’ music video

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  • muk

    B I G

  • Jojoba

    Dope but this shit will never come out 3/18 look for it around June

    • Tino

      No fuck that, it IS coming out 3/18. Its already been pushed back enough.

  • espyy

    Aiiight, that’s what we are waiting for

  • wat

    This is already gonna be AOTY for me.

  • caleb oberrath

    Flow from space, super smooth

  • marquee_

    Bro if this shit don’t hit, im strictly listening to Polynesian folk music for the rest of my natural life, im done with hiphop…thats finna be it for me.

    • vaci

      Polynesian folk actually sounds pretty dope to me

  • leutrim

    Album of the year, hands down

  • dancesexmusichiphop

    This just made my fucking day!

  • NoWuff

    And to think I thought it would come out in February

    • wat

      It would’ve been out TUESDAY :(

  • Pizza Steve

    Oh this is about to come and shit on any & everything!

  • xastey

    Guess I’m going to SXSW this year for the austin show.. what does 2dope have going on

  • hiphopanon

    yall aint postin “robes” due to the features?

  • M Gar

    This and Oxymoron are the two albums I’ve been waiting for. This shit right here hopefully is going to be as EPIC as I think it is. If Madlib sticks with his usual routine and sprinkles in his random skits (but not too many like OJ Simpson) then I think matched with Gibbs story telling and his overall skill on the Mic this could be a classic in the making. I envision an entire album of Gibbs spittin that “Scottie Pippen” flow shit he murked off the Alchemist beat

  • espyy BTW, there is a single. Sounds cool for me.