It’s been four long years since the release of @freddiegibbs & @madlib album, “Cocaine Piñata”. Personally one of my favorite albums ever made. Going into this album, I didn’t know how to feel or what to expect. I knew who Gibbs was; crazy flow, delivery, & overlooked lyricism. And I knew who Madlib was; the loop digga, beat konducta, lord quas, arguably the best producer hip-hop has seen. With Piñata, I think Gibbs was trying to make a name for himself which I think he surely did. Admittedly, his work before Piñata could be... “intimidating” (best word I could think of). Freddie was authentic gangsta rap. Simple. Lyrics gangsta. Beats gangsta. You already know what it is (I bet you peeped and didn’t like it. Smh pussy) So his approach, in my opinion gets his talent overlooked... UNTIL he linked with Madlib. Freddie Gibbs fuckin bodied Madlib’s beats. Ranging from the soulful to the abstract. Samples coming from old crime movies and shows. I’m not talking about some Godfather shit I’m talking about the ones that was in the 70s with the pimps and hoes and everybody looking like Shaft and said “sucka”. “Madgibbs” got started in 2011 with the “thuggin” ep. I didn’t hear it at the time but after finding all this out and the multiple eps Gibbs dropped with Madlib. Now, listening to this album and being... “quite familiar” with all of Gibbs work. I can hear the growth over time as an artist and as a person. Because back when he was just getting it cooking with Madlib he was at the same time cooking crack. I’m not even gonna lie to you guys. I was borderline obsessed with these beats when I first heard them. Madlib was insane. They were literally stuck in my head. Knicks, Robes, & Thuggin’ especially. Y’all I really could talk about this shit for hours. I barely scratched the surface on my love for this album. I’m just glad recently, it’s getting the attention it deserves because this album really is incredible. I think it should be taken very seriously. When talking about quality rap albums. Now I hope when time goes on it becomes recognized as that. Damn man what the fuck haven’t I said about this album? Classic Gangsta rap & timeless production. 10/10.