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Pinata

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Madlib Invazion
  • ASIN: B00I9IEPKQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Supplier
2. Scarface
3. Deeper
4. High ft. Danny Brown
5. Harold's
6. Bomb ft. Raekwon
7. Shitsville
8. Thuggin'
9. Real
10. Uno
11. Robes ft. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt
12. Broken ft. Scarface
13. Lakers ft. Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint
14. Knicks
15. Shame ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
16. Watts ft. Big Time Watts
17. Piñata ft. Domo Genesis, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman, Meechy Darko, & Mac Miller

Editorial Reviews

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 an at times stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer. Piñata 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. On Piñata, where Gibbs can shift from textbook lessons in robbing and drugging on trackslike "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 motherf&%kers 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. 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. With Piñata, Gibbs confirms that he is anything but average.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I consider this a 5-star album for all sorts of reasons. Most importantly, I can listen to this entire album without skipping a single track. Each and every track is good in its own way, and that's hard to find in a lot of hip-hop albums these days. But Gibbs & Madlib don't drop any filler tracks, boring beats, or lame verses here- it's all quality through and through. Madlib's production is on point as usual, using interesting samples and smooth transitions. Gibbs is consistent on every track, and his style, reminiscent of old-school gangsta rap, is refreshing to say the least.

The pair aren't working alone, either, because there's a whole lot of guests in this party. The features range from Danny Brown (who did a great collab with Freddie on "The Return" off Danny's album "Old"), to Odd Future members Domo and Earl (I was surprised Gibbs had these guys, it's really cool). Mad respect to everybody who was involved with creating this music, you guys really did a number here.

If you are even remotely interested in hip-hop, buy this album. It's definitely one of my favorites in recent memory, and surely an album I will continue playing for quite some time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Play this for a long, long time... March 18, 2014
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If you've heard Freddie Gibbs at some point over the past five or so years you've followed him. You listened to his to his projects. You were disappointed when he signed with CTE. But ESGN didn't disappoint. This feels like Gibbs' "official" debut. Madlib encompasses something along the lines of "grunge soul" and Gibbs swims along each beat like they were crafted after he laid his vocals. Nothing feels out of place. You'll listen to some songs over again just to try and pick up on the intricacy of what Madlib's put together and inadvertently catch another line Gibbs laid. This is a genuinely enjoyable, masterfully mixed, amazing album. It's hard. It's gritty. It sounds like early-mid nineties hip hop re-cut for 2014. Gibbs' pinnacle to date.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Street album I've been searching for except.... March 19, 2014
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I would give this a five but the guest appearances besides Raekwon don't measure up. Mac Miller should never be on a street album again in his life. Madlib is a legend and proves it once again
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Album March 18, 2014
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Basically, this is a HARDCORE album. Freddie G and Madlib NEVER disappoint. This will probably be the most slept on hip hop album of the year....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have anticipated this album since two years ago, when it was reported on okay player.com that Gibbs and Madlib was working on a collaborative album. It was more than worth the wait, this album is a undeniable classic hip hop masterpiece. Freeddie Gibbs has transcended street corner rap to a very rare elusive level on this release(I.e- 2pac, Scarface, Biggie, UGK, Jay Z). Freeddie Gibbs spits raw solliquys over intricate beat patterns that switch from funky to smooth soul by the one and only great Madlib himself. Every track is a deep inside look into Gibbs troubled and hardened upbringing from the volatile hoods of Gary, Indiana. From drugs, thugs, murder and mayhem everything is kept gangsta in the content rhyme wise, but the sonic back grounds and Gibbs incredible flow makes this album a automatic canidate for hip hop album of the year. Madlib beats is smothered in deep soul samples and hard hitting funk ramps that compliment Gibbs gritty street tales of sex, drugs , and murder into the most beautiful musical marriage. I believe this album will cement both Madlib and especially Freddie Gibbs as household names.Tracks like " Broken" featuring Scarface is autobiographical music of the highest order where Gibbs waxes poetic about his dad being a crooked cop opposite of Gibbs himself slanging drugs. Fan favorite "deeper" is one of the best rap songs ever, one listen and your sucked into Gibbs calmly spitting venom on a former love that turned on him for a square (lame guy). I'm over the Jeezy/Gibbs so called beef, but I can't help but mention how dope the Jeezy diss record "Real" is in ethering the snow man's street credibility. This album is one of those records that people will be talking about for many years to come. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost there, but unpolished April 2, 2014
By Kraken
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The first 11 tracks of this album are rock solid, classic material. Every track has great production, classic Gibbs flow and content, solid features by Raekwon, Domo/ES, and (only slightly forgettable) Danny Brown. If these were the only tracks on the album, it'd be a little on the short side, but it'd probably be five stars. To be honest, when I bought this album I was really hoping I'd be able to rate the whole thing five stars, because it had "classic" written all over it being a collab with Madlib and with the big name features.

The thing is, in my opinion this album is 6 tracks too long. To be fair, it's a rare artist who can piece together a 15+ track album without there being any filler. Off the top of my head I can probably only name less than five who've done it. Unfortunately (despite my hopes), Gibbs didn't pull it off. After "Robes," it just feels like the quality drops off. In fact, "Robes" ends with a kind of weird 1:30+ interlude almost signifying a transition point in the album. I almost wonder if Gibbs actually did originally put together those first 11 tracks to be the album, but decided to throw in some extra B content on the tail end just to feed his fans some extra material. Either that or I'm missing a bigger picture here.

And to be honest, features like Scarface, Ab-Soul, Casey Veggies, Mac Miller, etc. look great on paper, but they just don't feel like they fit the Gibbs vibe. Ab-Soul's verse on "Lakers" seems uninspired to me, Meech (not a fan anyway) and Mac Miller just sound awkward on the title track--not necessarily in isolation, but it just doesn't mesh with the vibe. It feels like Gibbs just went more for banner type names to be featured on his album to grab attention instead of really hunting for the artists and verses that meshed with his style.
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