Madlib Readies Piñata Beats Record


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“I felt like I was growing up as I was making this record with him,” Freddie Gibbs said in a recent self-titled feature, referring to the rapper’s Piñata LP with Madlib. “I just felt like, ‘Damn.’ I was learning so many new things. Not just about music, but about life.”

Gibbs then went on to say how the producer helped him push his sound, much like how Miles Davis evolved alongside jazz icons like Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. To hear those parallels in action, you really need to hear Madlib’s loops isolated as instrumentals. That’s why Madlib Invazion is pressing a collection of Piñata Beats on June 17th—to bring the Beat Konducta’s singular sound straight up to the surface. Check out its cover art and an excerpt below…