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, Cocaine Pinata. 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, never straying from the cold reality of his Gary, IN roots. For awhile now, though, you could make that argument that his lyrical talents have been hampered by his somewhat homogenous beat selection. Sure, Gibbs has a handful of great tracks but, together, they suffer from their similarities, and worse yet, their uncompromising edge recalls a style of trunk-rattling, trap-muzik that has been outdated for a few years now. However, if there's one producer who can take Freddie Soprano out of his lane for a minute, it's Madlib. The Los Angeles-based DJ, producer, and occasional MC, has long been known as one of the underground's preeminent beatmakers, most notably from his previous collaborative effort, Madvillainy. Based on "Thuggin", "Shame", and now, "City", Cocaine Pinata could prove to be just as good as the Madvillain's seminal release, moving away from DOOM's unfiltered, scatter-shot rhymes to Gibbs' precise, mathematical wordplay. Check out MadGibbs' newest track, featuring Karriem Riggins, over at Pitchfork.
Listen to Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's New Track, "City"