140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 22-28)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
Samples Of The Week: March 20
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Review: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Piñata"
On paper, stone cold gangster Freddie Gibbs and alt-hop producer Madlib have little in common. But after releasing several highly enjoyable EPs beginning in 2011, it quickly became apparent that the duo were capable of vibing off one another. Four songs from those EPs show up on Piñata, and the rest of its seventeen songs fall in line with their smoked-out, sample-heavy sound, creating an insanely consistent album. Piñata is Madlib's best collaborative album since cult classic Madvillainy, and it might be Gibbs' best work yet.
Stream Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Piñata" In Full
Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's collaborative album has been in the works for some time. Originally titled Cocaine Piñata, The album eventually lost the more controversial part of its name, and was released as simply Piñata today. Along with its release The 13-track effort collects some notable features from Raekwon, Danny Brown, Scarface, Ab-Soul, Vince Staples, Mac Miller, Casey Veggies, and more.
Freddie Gibbs Reveals Cover Art & Tracklist For "Pinata" With Madlib
The other day Freddie Gibbs almost pulled one over on us when he revealed what many deemed to be the cover art to his joint effort with Madlib, Pinata, on Instagram. He quickly clarified that it was not the official art, rather, just a poster to keep the word circulating.
Samples Of The Week: February 6
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh honey." This week, see who Curren$y, Mobb Deep, Freddie Gibbs and Isaiah Rashad chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH.
Underrated Audio: January 25- January 31
As we do every week, we're bringing you some dope records that dropped in the last seven days, each of which deserve more views.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Announce EP & LP Release Dates [Update: "Piñata" Gets New Date]
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib have become frequent collaborators, and their joint output is not coming to a halt anytime soon. The duo have two projects in the works, and have now revealed the release dates for both. Gibbs and Lib released a new track today, which will appear on a 6-track EP titled Deeper on September 24th. On top of that, they've announced that their full length album Piñata will drop February 4, 2014.
Tech N9ne Announces "Independent Grind" Tour With Freddie Gibbs [Update: Tour Dates Added]
Tech N9ne is ready to go back on the road, and this time, surprisingly enough, he's taking Freddie Gibbs with him. The tour, "Tech N9ne's Independent Grind Tour" will visit more than 70 cities, with affiliate Krizz Kaliko, Jarren Benton and Pysch Ward Druggies. The complete set of tour dates haven't been announced at this point, but according to HipHopDX they're coming soon.
Freddie Gibbs Speaks On Current Situation With Jeezy
Freddie Gibbs has distanced himself from Jeezy a lot over the course of the past year, after the two had a falling out and Gibbs left the CTE label. While Jeezy remained relatively quiet about what went down, Gibbs was quite vocal about his beef with Jeezy and didn't hesitate to call out the Snowman.
Freddie Gibbs' "Eastside Slim" Album Due Out This Year
Freddie Gibbs has been one of the most consistent artists in the game over the last few years, but he's never had the break he really deserved. Much of this was caused by his public fallout with Young Jeezy, whose CTE imprint was originally set to house Gibb's major label debut.
Freddie Gibbs Hints At New Diss Record Towards Jeezy
Freddie Gibbs and Jeezy may have not-so-amicably parted ways last December, but the beef hasn't quite subsided just yet. Gangsta Gibbs, who is currently at work on a mixtape titled Anybody Killa, as well as his Cocaine Pinata project with MadLib (arriving in February), hinted at a diss record towards his former friend and boss while on Twitter.
Underrated Audio: September 21- September 27
Underrated Audio provides you with four tracks from a range of rappers with four quite different sounds. Rappers on today's list are hailing from Inglewood, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Indiana, and each of their tracks is reflective of the environment and area they grew up in. Peep joints from Tree, Skeme, ODDISEE, and Freddie Gibbs in the galleries above.
Freddie Gibbs Says Young Jeezy Made Him "Look Stupid"
Freddie Gibbs has recently opened up about his split with Young Jeezy and his CTE label. After a long period of remaining uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the situation, Gibbs is now making up for it by bashing Jeezy every chance he gets.
Review: Freddie Gibbs' "ESGN"
Freddie Gibbs is a veteran in the rap game but it’s taken him a decade to put out his first studio album. Cutting his teeth on the mixtape circuit, Gibbs released a steady stream of solid projects rife with stories of the drug game. After signing with Interscope Records, Gibbs was shuffled to the back of the bus before being dropped altogether.
Underrated Audio: June 15-21
This past week proved to be a big one for hip-hop. Definitely a week to be remembered, with three big rap albums (and one r'n'b album) all dropping on the same day (and every one knows this date by now)-- June 18. While Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller had the spotlight for the majority of the week, that's not to say there weren't some dope releases from other artists. This week in Underrated Audio we look over some ill drops from the likes of Dom Kennedy, Deniro Farrar, Flatbush Zombies, Freddie Gibbs, among others.
Stream Freddie Gibbs' "ESGN" Album In Full
Freddie Gibbs' ESGN (Evil Seeds Grow Naturally) album leaked this morning, more than two weeks before it's scheduled release date of July 9th. As such, he's decided to release it officially as well. The 19-track project features G.I. Fleezy, G-Wiz, Jay Rock, Problem, Daz Dillinger, Spice 1, BJ The Chicago Kid and more, with production from Sayeez, Cardo, Big Jerm, GMF, SMKA, Sap, Willie B and others.
Cover Art & Tracklist Revealed For Freddie Gibbs' "ESGN"
After making headlines recently for calling out his old boss Young Jeezy, Freddie Gibbs swings his focus back to his music and reveals the official tracklist and artwork for his upcoming album ESGN.
Freddie Gibbs Says Young Jeezy Was Not Supportive Of Split, Calls Him Fake [Update: Gibbs Calls Out Jeezy Again]
Freddie Gibbs parted ways from Young Jeezy's CTE label last year, following rumors that the two may be ending their affiliation. At first, it seemed like Gangsta Gibbs was keeping his mouth shut about the split, saying only that it was a mutual business decision.
Tentative Tracklist Revealed For Freddie Gibbs' "ESGN"
Freddie Gibbs seems to be ready to start the promo for his new album, ESGN. He announced the album, which takes on the name of his label, would be dropping in July last week, and today we've got the release date plus a tracklist.