Hottest Songs – June 2019 – Pt. 53

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Link With Pusha T & Killer Mike To Deliver “Palmolive”

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The artists bring the heat.

You better enjoy hearing as much new music by Freddie Gibbs as you can because the rapper claims his next record will be his last. We probably shouldn’t be worrying about that too much and instead should be focused on Gibbs and Madlib’s latest hip hop standout, Bandana. The record is the second in their trilogy series, the first being 2014’s Piñata and the next being an album titled Montana.

Bandana is a record where Gibbs’s lyrical prowess merges with Madlib’s soulful-yet-street beats. “Palmolive,” which samples “Cry of a Dreamer” by The Sylvers, reads like a multi-collaborative project that you didn’t know you needed as Pusha T drops a verse and Run The Jewels‘s Killer Mikeloops in for the chorus. Per usual, Gibbs makes sure that his delivery isn’t filled with empty words and filler punchlines. “I feel like a lot of these n*ggas just put out too much music, man,” he said. “Every year it’s like three mixtapes or a lot of sh*t that don’t mean nothing. I want everything I give you to mean something.”

Quotable Lyrics

Take over your blocks, young n*ggas assimilate
We all break bread like going Dutch on a dinner date
The love of your life rap n*gga wear fake watches
The serial number don’t match the gift boxes

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib Turn “Half Manne Half Cocaine” On “Bandana” Banger

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib join forces on a highlight off of “Bandana.”

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are back together in all of their glory for their second collaborative album, Bandana. Now, if you’re a fan of Freddie Gibbs, you know this man raps about cocaine like he’s still selling it. Track three on the project, “Half Manne Half Cocaine,” embodies everything that Freddie Gibbs represents. The first half of the track has Madlib serving up a trap-influenced beat that still has his off-kilter production touch to it. Meanwhile, Gibbs details the lavish lifestyle he obtained through the devious deeds he’s committed. “Bitch, I came out the womb on some gangster shit/ Hoe, I knew you was off, you could take a lick/ Set him up with a bitch, we can fake a lick,” he raps on the second verse.

Throughout the project, Madlib continues to challenge Gibbs’ skills as an emcee with numerous beat switches. The rapper switches over to “Half Cocaine” on the second side of the track while Madlib delivers a gully, sample-based instrumental while Gibbs details the mob-like mentality in the streets, “Fuck with Mister K, put your face on one of them picture chains/ Sugar Raythe fade or go John Wick with the pistol game/ Bitch ain’t crack the safe, got his moms hit with the pistol whip/ Move like the Yakuza set trip, we flipping off fingertips,” he raps on the second verse.

Peep “Half Manne Half Cocaine” below.

Quotable Lyrics
Suck a dick, for the dope up I was rushin’ shit
Fuck the needle, she just supposed to sniff, Snuffleupagus
I get strippers on my fuckin’ list, fuck a bucket list
Black brains up in buckets, bitch, Michael Douglas, bitch

Freddie Gibbs, Madlib, Black Thought & Yasiin Bey Wax Cynical Over “Education”

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Freddie Gibbs takes his place among the upper echelon in Rap on “Education” featuring Black Thought and Yasiin Bey.

During the second day of the Democratic Debate, Kamala Harris challenged a defenseless Joe Biden on his previous stance on the issue of “busing.” For those who don’t know, busing is a practice in which children are transported over a great distance, for the sake of maintaining racial segregation. Given the timeliness of this issue, Freddie Gibbs‘ “Education” functions as a well-intended segue into the next subtopic.

Featuring the likes of Black Thought and Yasiin Bey, Bandana‘s penultimate track stands up to its name, as a talking point of worthy of critical inspection. The subject of America’s failings in the education sector isn’t lost on Gibbs, whose young daughter recently entered the school system herself.

For the sample nerds out there: “Education” flips R.D. Burman’s “Dance Music,” made instantly recognizable by the Kanye-produced “Bonjour” that appeared on Nas‘ eponymously-tiled project under the G.O.O.D. Music banner in 2018. Does “Education” featuring Black Thought and Yasiin Bey live up to its billing? Hit us with your thoughts.

Quotable Lyrics:

They intentionally expand, probably to extradite
If you wanna play blind, just look straight into the light
The puppeteers playin’ you for spite
And worldwide, what we’re payin’ is the price
And that’s life
An education.

– Black Thought

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