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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s “Piñata” Live at The Salt Shed on May 19

todayMarch 12, 2024

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On May 19, hip-hop enthusiasts will gather at The Salt Shed in Chicago for a highly anticipated performance by Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, and El Michels Affair. The show will celebrate the groundbreaking album “Piñata,” a collaborative masterpiece released by Gibbs and Madlib, also known as MadGibbs, on March 18, 2014.

“Piñata” marked a significant milestone in the careers of both artists, showcasing their unique partnership and the seamless fusion of their distinct musical styles. The album, developed between 2011 and 2013, features 17 tracks spanning 60 minutes and 13 seconds, offering a rich tapestry of hip-hop genres.

Madlib’s intricate production of “Piñata” has been widely praised, with beats that draw from diverse musical influences such as funk-fusion and soul jazz. His obscure yet soulful soundscapes provide the perfect backdrop for Gibbs’ gritty narratives and unfiltered portrayal of street life. The album also features contributions from notable artists, including Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Scarface, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Ab-Soul.

While Gibbs’ lyrics remain true to his roots, “Piñata” showcases a mature reflection on his experiences, balancing tales of resilience and hustle with introspection on the consequences of his actions. The chemistry between Gibbs and Madlib is undeniable, with their seemingly different musical backgrounds converging to create a cohesive and compelling body of work.

Including El Michels Affair in the upcoming performance adds an exciting dimension to the show. The New York-based soul and funk band, known for their live renditions of Wu-Tang Clan instrumentals, will bring their unique sound to the stage, complementing the already dynamic duo of MadGibbs.

As fans prepare to gather at The Salt Shed, anticipation is high for what promises to be an unforgettable night of music. The performance of “Piñata” will offer a rare opportunity to experience the album’s depth and complexity in a live setting while also celebrating the enduring impact of this collaborative masterpiece on the hip-hop landscape.


Written by: Tarik Moody

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