September 23, 2013


Freddie Gibbs, Madlib Salute Fried Chicken in Soulful New Track "Harold's"

We're still five months from the February 4 release of Piñata, the guest-heavy collaborative LP from Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and prolific beatmaker Madlib, but the duo keep steady releasing music as a run-up to next year's full-length.

"Harold's" is the nostalgic, soulful B-side to "Deeper," released earlier this month, that doubles as an homage to Chicago franchise Harold's Chicken Shack.

"I don't think nobody has ever rapped over [Madlib's] beats like me," Gibbs told Fuse earlier this year. "Not even MF DOOM. And they made a classic together. But nobody else is going to say the things I'm going to say, because nobody is from Gary, Indiana like me. You never heard some gangsta sh-t over Madlib beats. I definitely think it's going to be a cult classic."

While "Harold's" is a light, throwback track, Gibbs says Piñata leans darker. "I'm rapping about killing people. Killing n----s. Killing bitches. I'm rapping about selling dope, selling crack, selling heroin. I'm rapping about people getting raped. I'm rapping about the sh-t I've seen since I was a child. I'm definitely not rapping about rapping."

Piñata will include features by Raekwon, Scarface, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Joey Bada$$, Ab-Soul and Mac Miller, among others.