Ah, what can I say about the Madlib-produced Freddie Gibbs album. Released in March on Madlib’s Rappcats label, “Piñata” is still among my most regularly played albums of the year and my favourite hip-hop record in a long time. So, perhaps it’s needless to say I was pleasantly surprised to hear about a new single released, including the remix you can listen to above featuring guest verses by Action Bronson and Joey Bada$$. November 18th is the day when you can pick up the record on vinyl in all good record stores! If you’re in the U.S., also check out the tour dates for October and November.
Make of his videos what you want, but Piñata by Freddie Gibbs is still my favourite hip hop album of the year. Following the Shame, Deeper and–my personal favourite–Thuggin’, the fourth video taken from the album has been uploaded moments ago. A good reminder to give the album a try, if you haven’t yet. Produced entirely by Madlib and released on his label Madlib Invazion.
In recent years there has been an odd discrepancy between the music I write about during the year and the music I feature as my favourite at the end of the year. Needless to say that this is mostly caused by an increasing lack of time, also known as laziness in some regions of the world. Alright, I’m aware of it and I’m trying to make things better. Since Spotify has become my favourite tool to discover new music (on a try-before-buy basis), I’ve started collecting some of my favourites in this handy playlist.
Feel free to subscribe, since I will continue to add more music throughout the year. Also, I suggest listening in shuffle-mode!
I haven’t yet made up my mind on my favourite albums this year, but as a starting point I suggest listening to the following:
Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19 (Workshop)
patten – ESTOILE NAIANT (Warp)
Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser (Brainfeeder)
LCC – d/evolution (Editions Mego)
Farben & James DIN A4 – Farben presents James DIN A4 (Faitiche)
Quiltland – Quiltland (Astro:Dynamics)
Prins Thomas – III (Full Pupp)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata (Madlib Invazion)
As I’m always interested to hear your choices, please feel free to leave a comment!
Years and years of hard work finally seem to pay of for Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD. Following two free albums and several live EPs, they are now signed to Los Angeles’ Innovative Leisure with their third album available now. Madlib’s Rappcats label is giving you an extra reason to buy their record, as it shares an exclusive remix from the Freddie Gibbs album Piñata when buying from the label store.