Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2014 Ratings: #140 / 1004
Year End Rank: #21
User Score
2014 Ratings: #2
Liked by 115 people
Sign In to rate and review

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. 

BradTasteMusic
100

Every year that passes, this album just gets better and better. Every beat is insane, every verse is cold, every feature kills it. One of the best rap albums of all time imo

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

KIDWITHGUNs
95

POWERHOUSE!

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

Jenscederdorff
95

Pinata the more tracks you listen to, the more hits you get on the pinata untill it explodes with ear candy. This entire album is so beauitfully produced by Madlib and greatly written by Freddie Gibbs. Best Gangsta Rap Album Ever...

FAV TRACKS: This actually have 0 bad songs and even the parts that are skits are just enjoyable part of the whole package

LEAST FAV TRACKS: ´not a single one.

Rollo_P
95

If I ever see any of you try to argue Jim Jones or Gunna over this beautiful, bald-headed bastion of brilliance, I will actually pay a homeless man to take a runny dump in your kitchen sink.

If it wasn't for Only Built 4 Cuban Linx being the pinnacle of greatness that it is, we'd be running around holding up Pinata as the best coke rap record ever. Freddie rapping his ass off on every track here is one thing, but man does Madlib help paint the picture with some of the most creative, inventive ... read more

murderousmonk
75

Going back and re-reviewing this. Still classifying this as a hot take, + Freddie Gibbs has two projects that I enjoy and think are better than this. Piñata is a cult classic among rap fans; But I don't get it really.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THESE ARE ALL JUST MY OPINION AND A "BAD SONG" MAY BE GOOD TO OTHERS

It's too hit or miss; It can go from a pretty weak beat with Scarface, to a fun and energetic song with High, to a sunny and swangy Harold's, then we're taken to a drug ... read more

Purchasing Piñata from Amazon helps support Album of the Year. Or consider a donation?
Become a Donor
Donor badge, no ads + more benefits.
Advertisement

Track List

1Supplier
0:48
82
2Scarface
2:06
87
3Deeper
3:19
95
4High
2:57
95
5Harold's
2:49
93
6Bomb
3:43
feat. Raekwon
92
7Shitsville
3:31
92
8Thuggin'
3:46
97
9Real
3:34
90
10Uno
2:47
91
11Robes
5:04
93
12Broken
4:08
feat. Scarface
89
13Lakers
4:30
92
14Knicks
3:39
90
15Shame
3:03
93
16Watts
1:55
81
17Piñata
8:33
91
Total Length: 1 hour,
Sign in to comment
3mo
5mo
11mo
1y
Advertisement


Added on: March 4, 2014