Five years after Pinata‘s release, the second collaborative album between Freddie Gibbs and Madli is here. Bandana has 14 tracks (15 with an intro) and boasts collaborations from Anderson. Paak, Pusha T, Killer Mike, Black Thought, and Yasiin Bey. The release of the album was initially announced in April, then postponed in May and finally in June. It took a little patience but Pinata we can finally listen to it.
The album features sound and funk sounds. Madlib’s bases are rich in instruments. While, Gibbs is rapping with his classic rough style and he frequently varies cadence and flow. The track are all very enjoyable and there is no shadow of filler songs.
On the record, among all the songs, ”Palmolive” is the one to stand out. In addition to Gibbs, there are Pusha T and Killer Mike who talk about various topics mainly related to street life and social redemption. Gibbs himself stated that, despite not looking for collaborations for this record, Palmolive is his favorite track.
Bandana is the second chapter of a trilogy of collaborative albums between Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. The first, Pinata, was released in 2014, the hope is not to have to wait until 2023 for the third chapter that should be called Montana.
Stream the album below.