Madlib & Freddie Gibbs - Thuggin' EP (12")
At the San Francisco Madlib Medicine Show tour stop, the producer announced a collaborative project with the rapper Freddie Gibbs and debuted songs from this EP: "Thuggin'" and "Deep." This 6-track record is released on Madlib's Madlib Invazion label - the imprint the producer founded to release his 13 Madlib Medicine Show volumes. The duo's as-of-yet untitled album is planned for release in first quarter 2012.
For Madlib, this marks another entry in an exciting series of collaborative albums that he has created with the likes of DOOM (Madvillainy), the late J Dilla (Jaylib) and Strong Arm Steady (In Search Of Stoney Jackson). For Gibbs, the album serves as somewhat of a departure: coming off the heels of his acclaimed Cold Day In Hell album, and before the release of the album he's finishing for Young Jeezy's CTE imprint, this project gives the Gary, Indiana-bred, LA-based rapper a chance to stretch out over the Beat Konducta's lush musical tapestry. If the first release is any indication, this collaboration will find Gibbs' rough-hewn raps landing atop smoldering soul and jagged psychedelia.