Madlib & Freddie Gibbs - Shame EP (12")
Artwork by Jeff Jank featuring an original illustration by Ashkahn.
In late 2011, producer Madlib and rapper Freddie Gibbs announced their forthcoming album with their debut EP Thuggin'/Deep. The 6-track record - released on Madlib's Madlib Invazion label - was hailed by the LA Times as "inspired:" - they said Madlib's "hypnotic samples warped by an underground hero" were "demolished by one of the best rappers breathing..."
The duo's Shame/Terrorist EP follows where Thuggin'/Deep left off: with Gibbs effectively spooling street stories onto the Beat Konducta's wax. Shame, featuring singer B.J. The Chicago Kid, is Gibbs' honest appraisal of a one night stand; Terrorist is all killer, no filler - a short, terrifying rap offset by a cheeky fusion jazz sample.
The duo's STILL as-of-yet untitled album is planned for release in the third 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.