EP Review: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper EP

This week I’ll be covering the new 12″ EP from Freddie Gibbs and MadlibDeeper EP. This is the final 12″ to be released before the two release their upcoming full-length album, Cocaine Piñata (released February 4th 2014 on Madlib Invazion). I love everything that Madlib does and although this doesn’t sound too far off what we’ve heard from the Beat Konducta and Gibbs before, it’s still an exciting taster of what’s to come. 

The title track Deeper is fresh, with Gibbs rapping a continuous, stream-of-consciousness lyric over a short synthy disco loop. Madlib slips in some chopped up classic soul samples just before the hook, which provides sonic interest to an otherwise repetitive track. Surprisingly I actually prefer the B-side track on this record – Harold’s is smooth and slow-grooving, with funk guitar and a driving 808 kick. Gibbs’ vocals are doubled in sections, which gives it a less abrasive tone (if you listen to the lyrics at all, you’ll see what I mean by abrasive…).

Overall, Deeper EP is a compelling taster of what is to come on Cocaine Piñata. And with acts such as Raekwon, Earl Sweatshirt, Joey Bada$$ and Scarface set to feature on the record, there’s 99.99999% chance that this album will be on par with any of Madlib’s plethora of mixtapes. Deeper EP is out now – stream it here.

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