‘Piñata’: A Modern Classic from the Past

I tried to explore the political aspects of “Piñata” by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib in a review for the University Daily Kansan.

“The record combines Gibbs’ hardcore gangsta rap with Madlib’s rock and soul-infused beats. Gibbs’ lyrics have always focused on visceral, biographic authenticity and independence from the trappings of the music industry. ‘Piñata’ explores Gibbs and Madlib’s self-awareness as musicians, especially their contradictions.”