Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
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Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #81 / 845
Year End Rank: #20
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Based on 929 ratings
2014 Ratings: #2
March 18, 2014 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
HipHopDX

Piñata’s most obvious accomplishment is as a polished contemporary Gangster Rap album, and it’s a feat in subject as much as sound with Gibbs at his self-reflective best. 

90
The Needle Drop

Indiana rapper Freddie "Gangsta" Gibbs teams up with legendary hip hop producer Madlib for one of the most essential hip hop albums of the year.

83
Consequence of Sound

Madlib’s tricky blaxploitation production doesn’t only force Gibbs to push his abilities, but also gives him a space to explore a new perspective.

83
A.V. Club

Piñata may not be Madlib’s best personal handiwork, but it’s well tailored to suit his partner’s impressive rhyming abilities.

80
Pitchfork

It doesn't matter if Gibbs and Madlib were once considered artists playing to different audiences -- united in their uncompromising, independent-as-fuck visions, they put together something hardcore hip-hop heads on both sides should feel.

80
NME

On record, though, Gibbs’ coarsely inventive flow works perfectly with Madlib’s imperfectly human beats.

80
AllMusic

With the track list flowing smoothly as attractive guests (Danny Brown, Raekwon, Scarface, Mac Miller, and the list goes diversely and gloriously on) come and go, Piñata winds up excellent overall.

75
The 405

Madlib has provided the OST to another parable of Gibbs' incessant druggin' and thuggin' - albeit pushing him out of his comfort zone- but never stretching past the boundaries of what either are already known to be capable of.

70
Spin

From the lyrics to the beats, the pleasure of Piñata is in the details.

70
Exclaim!

While the beats and rhymes... are as tight and efficient as you might expect, the record's many time-honoured hood tropes and (admittedly restrained) Blaxploitation elements simply fail to inspire through certain segments. 

Cosmilk
98
Low IQ rappers: ⁱᵐᵐᵃ ᵍᵒ ᶠᵘᶜᵏ ʸᵒ ᵇⁱᵗᶜʰ

Freddie Gibbs, an intellectual: 𝒮𝓌𝒾𝒻𝓉𝓁𝓎 𝒷𝑜𝓊𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝓅𝓊𝓉 𝒶 𝓈𝓌𝑒𝑒𝓉 𝒹𝒾𝒸𝓀 𝒾𝓃 𝓎𝑜𝓊𝓇 𝓈𝓌𝑒𝑒𝓉𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓉
Atrocityblubber
98
One of the most exciting rap releases of this decade with one of the most legendary producers ever madlib and Indiana's gangsta rapper freddie gibbs. Everything about this album is fucking tight everything from freddie's very sharp bars and his fucking tight flow. But the most shining thing about this album is madlibs which I feel is better than the production on madvillany imo. Taking more influence from funk and soul in terms of production than madvillany which was mostly influenced by jazz. ... read more
thomasny18
90
2014 is a year that many involved in the mainstream hip hop scene have considered to be the worst, or at least one of the worst years in the genre. We had no Kanye, no Kendrick, no A$AP Rocky, not even any Drake (who at this time was still considered to have a large potential). This was also before successful hip hop albums, such as Rodeo and To Pimp A Butterfly, but also after Yeezus. Instead, what the mainstream had to deal with for the most part was releases from the likes of Kid Ink, ... read more
ACreativeName
75
pinata / madvillainy discord server:
https://discord.gg/Z4xkvKT

[madvillainy is still better]
KIDWITHGUNs
94
POWERHOUSE

I'm not even going to be sour and petty just because I think Madvillainy is better, this is objectively more ambitious than that album.

Infact, this has the sharp-punchlines, kickass lyricism, the gorgeous aesthetic, the high replayability value and the tangible instrumentals (I'd even go as far as to say that this could be Madlib at his best) not to mention how genuinely urgent and exciting this is.

I've already given this 7 full listens since a few weeks ago, and I still think ... read more
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Track List

  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
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