Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2014 Ratings: #81 / 845
Year End Rank: #20
User Score
Based on 466 ratings
2014 Ratings: #6
March 18, 2014 / Release Date
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Madlib Invazion / Label
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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. 

Z.Younk
100
Freddie Gibbs is has been one of the best emcees for some time now, consinstantly releasing great mixtapes/albums. Cold Day In Hell remained his best until his lyrical perfection on Piñata. His hooks are original, real and memorable and every verse matches the last. The features are of course immaculate and fitting regionally, but the best aspect is Madlib's production which is far superior that it has ever been. Truly a masterpiece and instant classic hiphop album.
itsyahboinoah
93
OH BBY THIS IS THE APEX OF WHAT GANGSTA RAP IS.
Inglume
94
Pinata features both producer Madlib and MC Freddie Gibbs at their most essential and versatile. Freddie Gibbs' flow and lyrical content fits incredibly persistently into Madlib's production, which is also very well crafted. This is one of the most essential hip hop albums this decade because it's not everyday we get an album this consistent, complete, and full of creativity from two unmatched underground hip hop contemporaries.
AmericaanSpirit
88
Purely essential. Outside of Madlib occasionally getting ahead of himself, this is one of the most solid hip hop projects in recent memory, and will live on for a while.

BEST TRACKS: High, Piñata, Scarface, Thuggin', Lakers, Deeper
tynhe
NR
My favorite producer ALIVE produces this whole album and some of my favorite rappers (Danny Brown, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon) are featured on here and I was STILL taken by suprise
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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