At the top of the summer, Freddie Gibbs and producer Madlib released their second collaborative project, Bandana. As a follow up of their first collaborative project in 2014, Piñata, this is an extension of their work with more hardcore raps and effortlessly good beats.
Freddie has been on a bit of a run in recent years with his projects (You Only Live 2wice , Freddie , Fetti , Bandana ), this year being one of his most vital years in recent history. While it’s been a pretty slow year for standout hip-hop releases in 2019, Freddie stepped in and turnt up at just the right time.
With a 15-song canvas, Gibbs put together a solid body of work that stands out as one of the best rap performances this year. The beats on here were perfect for what style Gibbs bring to the table. Madlib mixed his grimy drums and 808s to create a perfect lane for Gibbs to spazz on.
Freddie increased his current heat by killing freestyles everywhere he goes. He is definitely letting it be known that he’s reaching prime status.
This easily goes down as one of my favorite rap albums this year so far. A few joints to spin on this album are: Fake Names, Gat Damn, Giannis (feat. Anderson Paak), Palmolive (feat. Pusha T & Killer Mike), Situations.