Listen: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib—”Deeper” EP

In anticipation of their long overdue album Piñata, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib release an EP titled Deeper. Interestingly enough—just as they did with their previous EP Thuggin’—this album only features two tracks with Freddie Gibbs on the vocals. The other four songs are either instrumentals of the vocal tracks or bonus beats. In general, this shouldn’t be an issue, but the fact that they’re charging $12 for six songs, two of which are really just duplicates, is highly questionable. Don’t get me wrong, I love Freddie Gibbs and Madlib just as much as the next person and I believe in supporting artists who make good music, but I find it hard to justify the price for such a product [end rant]. The song “Deeper”—not to be confused with the eponymous album—lives up to its title’s expectations. The beat is up there with some of the best that Madlib has come out with in his career. It features a violin that immediately begins to pull on your heart and a bass that you feel deep inside your gut. Freddie Gibbs capitalizes on the beat by delivering top-notch lyrics that address the complications that often result from romance. His verses are profoundly personal and span nearly the entire three minutes of the track, without a hook. The Deeper EP will be available September 24, but you can listen to the single below. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until February 4 to hear Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s full-length album Piñata. Continue reading

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