Friday, March 21, 2014

A brief review of Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's "Pinata"

Release date- March 18, 2014

All songs produced by Madlib

The Opener

 I liked the 70s blaxploitation vibe on this one, as well as the Rudy Ray Moore (RIP) clip at the end in a nice touch. I wish this song was a little longer.

I would normally save a comment like this in my closing remarks on an album, but I want to begin (again) by saying that this album has little to no filler. The apply titled "Deeper" is very good. It's not your typical track for the ladies and it's the best song in that area I've heard in quite some time. The story he tells throughout really separates it from the average song on the same subject. The album follows suit with dope material. The smokers should love "High", even though guest Danny Brown literally adds nothing with his verse. And speaking of guests, there are quite a few of them on this album, but they contribute nicely. Veterans Raekwon and Scarface prove they still have it on "Bomb" and "Broken", respectively, Ab-Soul and Polyester the Saint stop by to big up L.A. on the soulful "Lakers", and the closing title track features Domo Genesis, Mac Miller, G-Wiz, Casey Veggies, Sulaiman and Meechy Darko, which is very good.

Rounding out the rest of the album, "Real" is very good (I liked how the beat switched up in the middle), Gibbs solidifies his status on "Uno" and while the Alchemist esque "Thuggin" may be familiar territory, Gibbs offers a fresh perspective on the subject. I can't forget about "Knicks", which was sequenced quite well after "Lakers".

Overall, this is a very good album. Freddie Gibbs' southern styled flow meshes well with the California production of Madlib. The ONLY song I could've done without is "Shame", which ironically is your typical "female track". It's not wack, but "Deeper" is so much better. Hopefully this album puts Gibbs and Madlib names out there a little more than it is, because they deserve the recognition.

Album of the year candidates
1. Prince Po & Oh No - Animal Serum [4.5 stars]
2. Ray West & O.C. - Ray's Cafe [4 stars]
3. Onyx - Wakedafucup [4 stars]
4. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata [4 stars]
5. Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence) - Lord Steppington [4 stars] 

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