Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #88 / 956
Year End Rank: #20
User Score
2014 Ratings: #2
Liked by 42 people
March 18, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Madlib Invazion / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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Freddie Gibbs, Madlib / Primary Artists
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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. 

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.

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.

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.


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.


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


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.

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.


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


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. 

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
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

I'm not even going to be sour and petty just because I think Madvillainy is better, this might not be structurally focused like that record, but it's most definitely more ambitious and badass of the two... the sharp-punchlines, kickass lyricism, the gorgeous aesthetic, the high replay 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.

Every consecutive listen I offer ... read more
I was liking this up until the point Danny Brown started screaming and completely killed my momentum while listening, due to the fact that I covered my ears as an impulse reaction.

Edit: I'm sorry but I am just not enjoying this. The production is great yeah, but these lyrics. God, I can't handle them. They sound like the lyrics my classmates hand to me to test my reaction. Like Freddie is talking about his "haters" and stacking money, and I'm just so bored. I can see how someone can ... read more
I approached this album as usual with a bad attitude and expected what I usually got - a tiring album that I won't be able to listen to till the end. I've also listened to the bandana or their album from this year, which somehow didn't impress me, so I had no reason to look at this album with optimism. Despite my fears, the album turned out to be very good, Madlib did a great job with his production. Beats are warm, fun and I can listen to them without any boredom. I liked the samples too. Flow ... 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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Added on: March 4, 2014