Folllowing the launch of two critically- and street-acclaimed EPs, and a single released in conjunction with television network Adult Swim, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs return with a final EP launch before they release their long-awaited collaborative album, 'Pinata'. Anticipation is high. MTV calls the duo "ferocious" and says "Expect vocal fireworks to ensue." Complex goes further, saying, "If you're looking for a darkhorse candidate for 2013's Album of the Year, consider the soon-to-be-released Freddie Gibbs and Madlib collaboration... Gibbs is easily one of the most underrated rappers in the industry today, boasting nearly-unparalleled technical abilities, along with some of hip-hop's rawest storytelling..."
The 'Deeper' EP delivers on this promise, and more. Gibbs showcases the yin and yang of heartbreak and anger on the title track, in a lovelorn narrative that meshes perfectly with the weepy strings and insistent rhythm of Madlib's beat. We haven't heard something like this in rap music since Nas' "One Love," nearly twenty years ago. The b-side, "Harolds" - exclusive to this EP - gives Gibbs a chance to ride some low down Beat Konducta-fueled funk in a nostalgic ode to the Chicago chicken-shack that served as the backdrop to many of his seminal life experiences.
'Pinata' is set to be released February 4, 2014 via Madlib Invazion. The star-studded LP will include features by Raekwon, Scarface, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul, BJ the Chicago Kid, Meech of Flatbush Zombies, Casey Veggies, Mac Miller, Polyester the Saint, and G-Wiz.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
9/08/13 @ San Manuel Amphitheater - Rock the Bells - San Bernadino, CA
9/14/13 @ ShorelineAmphitheater - Rock the Bells - Mountain View, CA
9/18/13 @ Laundry Bar - Fitzroy, Australia
9/19/13 @ James Cabaret - Wellington, New Zealand
9/20/13 @ The Studio - Auckland, New Zealand
9/21-22/13 @ OutsideIn Festival - Sydney, Australia
9/28/13 @ RFK Stadium Festival Grounds - Rock the Bells - Washington, D.C.
10/04/13 @ Meadowlands Racetrack Grass Infields - Rock the Bells - East Rutherford, NJ
1. Deeper (O. Jackson, F. Tipton)
2. Deeper (Instrumental) (O. Jackson)
3. Ups and Downs (Bonus Beat)
1. Harold's (O. Jackson, F. Tipton)
2. Harold's (Instrumental) (O. Jackson)
3. The Long Walk Home (Bonus Beat)
Listen to 'Deeper' here: