15 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

An eccentric like Madlib and a straightforward guy like Freddie Gibbs—how could it possibly work? If 2014’s Piñata proved that the pairing—offbeat producer, no-frills street rapper—sounded better and more natural than it looked on paper, Bandana proves Piñata wasn’t a fluke. The common ground is approachability: Even at their most cinematic (the noisy soul of “Flat Tummy Tea,” the horror-movie trap of “Half Manne Half Cocaine”), Madlib’s beats remain funny, strange, decidedly at human scale, while Gibbs prefers to keep things so real he barely uses metaphor. In other words, it’s remarkable music made by artists who never pretend to be anything other than ordinary. And even when the guest spots are good (Yasiin Bey and Black Thought on “Education” especially), the core of the album is the chemistry between Gibbs and Madlib: vivid, dreamy, serious, and just a little supernatural.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

An eccentric like Madlib and a straightforward guy like Freddie Gibbs—how could it possibly work? If 2014’s Piñata proved that the pairing—offbeat producer, no-frills street rapper—sounded better and more natural than it looked on paper, Bandana proves Piñata wasn’t a fluke. The common ground is approachability: Even at their most cinematic (the noisy soul of “Flat Tummy Tea,” the horror-movie trap of “Half Manne Half Cocaine”), Madlib’s beats remain funny, strange, decidedly at human scale, while Gibbs prefers to keep things so real he barely uses metaphor. In other words, it’s remarkable music made by artists who never pretend to be anything other than ordinary. And even when the guest spots are good (Yasiin Bey and Black Thought on “Education” especially), the core of the album is the chemistry between Gibbs and Madlib: vivid, dreamy, serious, and just a little supernatural.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

Mr_Go_Hard ,

Best Rapper Alive...

Album of the year. Freddie hasn’t disappointed me yet. Piñata is my favorite album of ALL TIME.

Eli Ever ,

Worth the Wait

Concise and to the point. Smooth listen from the first track to the final track. Incredible production from Madlib and incredible rapping from Gibbs. Will go down a classic like it’s predecessor “Piñata”.

Htown boiii ,

Gangsta Gibbs

It’s Madgibbs season 🦓🦓🦓🦓

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