Freddie Gibbs and Madlib Announce “Bandana”

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are planning to release a follow-up to their 2014 album Piñata. 

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Freddie and Madlib performing together

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs has been pretty quiet this year, after releasing his Shadow of a Doubt album in 2015. However, on May 7th Freddie blessed Twitter with an announcement of a second coming of some major scorching fire – a new collaborative album with Madlib that follows up their 2014 record Piñata. The upcoming album, titled Bandana, does not have a release date, but Madlib revealed that a lot of the beats on this project were originally second to Kanye for his The Life of Pablo sessions, and while Yeezus was busy abusing Twitter and making expensive rag-clothes, Gangsta Gibbs was putting in work in the studio. Interestingly enough, even the beat that Kanye used for “No More Parties in LA”, will also appear on Bandana, in a Freddie Gibbs-reedition.

You should be on the lookout for Bandana, because the previous Freddie Gibbs and Madlib installment, Piñata, was a major success for both of them – it was so unique, well-executed and unexpected at the same time. It was very surprising to see Madlib, who mostly works with more conscious and artful rappers, like MF DOOM, Blu and Talib Kweli to team up with Freddie Gibbs on a whole album.

Before Piñata, Gibbs was signed to Young Jeezy’s CTE label (which he savagely disses on Piñata) and known for his cocaine narratives over trap productions by people like Statik Selektah and DJ Dahi. Piñata became a potent concoction of Gibbs’ vivid street lyricism and his smooth rapid-fire flow over Madlib’s signature fuzzy, soulful tracks and established an original style in today’s hip-hop – something that many artists strive to do, yet cannot accomplish. It was one of the most acclaimed releases of 2014, and if you somehow haven’t heard it yet, you better go listen to it right now. The coming of Bandana means more of that signature addictive style, as well as that 2016 will be another great year for hip-hop.



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