Producer Madlib and rapper Freddie Gibbs’ blunted out, gangster rap project Pinata was selected as the second best album of 2014 on this very site, and fans have been waiting for another hit since. Thankfully, Bluntiq reports that the eccentric beatmaker told Red Bull Music Academy radio on Saturday that a follow up album is in the works, and it’s named Bandana. Apparently Madlib didn’t mention a release date, but that’s probably a good thing, considering how many announced records never see the light of day.
Neither artist has been idle lately. Madlib received a production credit for “No More Parties in L.A.” on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, while Freddie Gibbs’ latest release, Shadow of a Doubt, was another TSS favorite — it finished no. 12 on our 2015 Best Rap Albums list. And of course, the Gary, Indiana rapper has stayed busy in 2016 with some loosies and a few remixes. Notably, he bodied the aforementioned “No More Parties in L.A.” beat, while resurrecting the Jay-Z and DMX classic “Money, Cash, Hoes.”
Madlib and Freddie Gibbs are both known for their prolific work rate, so expect them to continue releasing solo projects while they begin work on Bandana. Given their track record it’ll be worth the wait, just like a properly rolled blunt.