Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Sunday Reviews

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Sunday Reviews

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Piñata (Madlib Invazion)

In many ways, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs represent the odd couple. Madlib, the crazy chemist who's made a career of hip-hop experimentalism, crafts crunchy beats from jazz loops and dusty soul samples. Freddie Gibbs slangs lyrical dope, offering a glimpse into the desperate and desolate street life of his native Gary, Indiana. There's no doubt that the reality rapper with "an ice maker for a heart" is steady "Thuggin'," but Gangsta Gibbs can also ride any track the Beat Konducta throws at him. It's not merely his voice that earns Tupac comparisons; dude can spit. Now based in L.A., Gibbs shows Cali love on "Lakers" and fires near-fatal shots at former label boss Young Jeezy on "Real" ("The world ain't big enough for both of us/ Batter up, now you pussy niggas gettin' fucked"), while a pile of guests from veteran kingpins (Scarface, Raekwon) and upstarts (Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul) pummel the Piñata. (4:50pm, Blue stage)

***.5

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