J Dilla – Give Em What They Want

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On saleJ DILLA – GIVE ‘EM WHAT THEY WANT

Here’s the latest record from Dilla’s long-lost (and still tangled) album The Diary, “Give ‘Em What They Want,” 12-inch on clear vinyl with five tracks produced in 2002 by J Dilla and Supa Dave West. This will be released on May 6th on Pay Jay Productions.

Dilla set out in 2002 to record an album collaborating with his favorite producers, and Supa Dave West was among them. The first two vocal tracks on this record are built around the same lyrics – “Give ‘Em What They Want” produced by Dilla and “The Doe” produced by West are typical of how he would re-record a track, changing his delivery to fit another producer’s beat.

The last vocal track “So Far,” also produced by Supa Dave West, will be familiar to some fans of MP3 bootlegs. On this record, it’s mastered for the first time by Dave Cooley, who worked on Donuts, The Shining and Ruff Draft.

Thanks to James & Karla Murray for the cover photo, from their book Store Front (Ginko Press). The label illustration is by Denise Nestor, based on a photo by B+. Sleeve by Jeff Jank. This was produced for reissue by Eothen Alapatt, with coordination from House Shoes, Henoch Moore and J Rocc.

Pay Jay Productions was founded by J Dilla (James Yancey). The Estate of James Yancey is administered by attorney Alex Borden and overseen by the Probate Court of the State of California on behalf of Yancey’s four heirs – his mother, Maureen “Madukes” Yancey, his brother John “Illa J” Yancey and his two daughters, Ja’Mya Yancey and Ty-monae Whitlow.

In the seriesJ DILLA – ANTHEM | J DILLA – DIAMONDS & ICE

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting

Coming April 19 | Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting by Eilon Paz, chronicles 130 vinyl record collectors and their stacks.

Photographer Eilon Paz began “Dust & Grooves” as a pet project — Paz would photograph a collector and post shots to a blog. After five years of shooting and meeting serious record collectors around the world, Paz parlayed the project into an outstanding book with quality photos, design, and printing standards. More details.

A few pages below:
Eothen “Egon” Alapatt in Los Angeles.
The Bambaataa Collection: Johan Kugelberg alphabetized and organized Afrika Bambaataa’s 43,000 record collection in preparation for a move to Cornell University’s Hip-Hop History Archive, where it joins other hip-hop vinyl and artwork collections. (Cornell also hoped to archive the J Dilla record collection.)
Joe Bussard, Frederick, MD: Joe Bussard sitting in his basement with some of the rarest 78s in existence. The brown paper record jackets behind him are all uniformly discolored in the middle as a result of Joe’s hands sorting and searching through them for the past 60 years.



Watch Madlib create a beat from scratch in the matrix (sort of)

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From the gang at Noisey – What the hell goes into making a hip hop beat aside the most important part, a spark of creativity? Have you ever wanted to watch a legendary producer make a beat from scratch? We asked the beat conductor Madlib to hop on the tables, drums, and keys to create a beat right in front of our eyes, and captured it all in the video above.

Also check the photos from Noisey’s article on the Freddie Gibbs & Madlib record.

Pinata Alert – SAN FRANCISCO

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Update: gone. | San Francisco, March 27, 4:55 PM, PST – There’s a pinata hanging in front of Groove Merchant, 687 Haight St., with a buncha 45s, Freddie & Madlib’s Piñata CD, a tour shirt, and other unnamable substances. First one to beat it open get’s the junk. Have fun, take a photo, and please clean up after yourself.

Tonight: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib play 1015 Folsom and March 28 in Los Angeles at the Echoplex.

Los Angeles Piñata
Chicago Piñata
NYC Piñata

Who shot ya? Freddie Gibbs & Madlib in NYC

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Photos from Crook Robbins at Who Shot Ya?

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata (1964)

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1964 original issue (imaginary) by Jeff Jank

Pinata Alert – NYC

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Update: That one went quick | New Yory City, March 20, 2:00PM EST – There is a zebra piñata hanging from a stop sign right around 90 Wythe in Brooklyn. It contains a pass to Freddie Gibb & Madlib’s NYC show on Saturday, candy, and other mysterious objects. First person to get there and beat the thing open gets to keep whatever falls out. Have fun, take a photo, and please clean up after yourself.

The album: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata

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In the shop: FREDDIE GIBBS & MADLIB – PINATA | iTunes: PIÑATA

Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets, but unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Pinata, a 17-track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer.

Pinata is “a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax,” Gibbs says, and the full-length result of a process that began in 2009. It’s an album with a sound that couldn’t be any further from the radio, where, according to the Gibbs, every rapper is Superman, or the dope dealer of the century, who has grinded to the top, never made a mistake and has no chinks in his armor.

“I will show you my flaws, I’ll show you what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve fucked up at,” says the native of Gary, Indiana, the former steel town best known for producing Michael Jackson. “I don’t regret shit, but I’ll show you the things I’m not proud of.”

Gibbs is joined on Pinata by Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Raekwon, Scarface, Domo Genesis, Ab-Soul and a host of others in setting his soliloquies of the streets alongside film snippets and dusted funk, soul and prog musical tapestries. While this is the latest in a series of single-artist collaborations for Madlib, after Jaylib (J Dilla), Madvillainy (MF Doom) and the street-centric O.J. Simpson with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson, the pairing is unique as it is the first time for Gibbs working with just one producer.

There’s also Madlib’s own self-awareness of his style as a producer. “My stuff, it ain’t fully quantized…it has more of a human feel, so it might slow down or speed up,” he says. “So you have to be the type of rapper, like Doom or Freddie, who can catch that, or else you’ll be sounding crazy.”

Gibbs admits it was a challenge rapping over beats with chops and changes as unpredictable as the man who created them, but says—with conviction and supreme confidence—“I think I did it to perfection.”

The perfection is apparent on the album, where Gibbs shifts from textbook lessons in robbing and drugging on tracks like “Scarface” and “Knicks,” to perhaps the album’s most personal song, “Broken,” a collaboration with Scarface, who, along with Tupac, DMX and 50 Cent, make up the rapper’s own Mount Rushmore of MCs (“You’re getting a hurricane of all those motherfuckers hitting you at once when you listen to Freddie Gibbs,” he says). “Deeper,” a Gibbs favorite and the third single from the album after “Thuggin’” (2012) and “Shame,” (2013) is an ode to hip-hop in the mold of Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”; “High,” featuring Danny Brown, is self-explanatory and just what you would expect from Gibbs, Madlib and one of Detroit’s finest; while on “Real,” Gibbs addresses an old score just as Michael Corleone settled all family business on baptism day.

It’s tracks like “Real” that makes fans believe Gibbs’ claim that “I’m about to show niggas how to rap again.” And he’s just as loyal. “As long as I keep satisfying them,” he says, “everybody else is going to fall in line.

As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music, and ten years into his career—a time when other artists become comfortable—Gibbs remains restless, focused, with an eye on the competition and their position relative to his ascent. This is because mentally, he’s still on the corner hustling, which would be the downfall of the average rapper. Gibbs, however, isn’t average.

“When it comes to the nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty of this shit, flat-out spitting verse for verse,” he says. “Niggas ain’t on my level.” —Ronnie Reese, January 2014

MADLIB & FREDDIE GIBBS TOUR DATES:

March 22: New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre tickets
March 27: San Francisco, CA @ 103 Harriet tickets
March 28: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex tickets

MADLIB TOUR DATES:

March 21: Boston @ Middle East Downstairs
April 10: Ghent @ Vooruit tickets
April 11: Milan tickets
April 17: Dublin @ Sugar Club tickets
April 19: London @ Koko tickets

The three EPs – vinyl & digital:
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Thuggin
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Shame
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper



Freddie Gibbs photo by Peter Beste

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata – on tour

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Pinata album drops March 18. They’re doing a few shows: just played Chicago & Denver, and they hit NYC, San Francisco and L.A. this month. Thanks to Jesse Lirola for the photos! Check out the T-shirt by Mason – we’ll have this here at Rappcats at the end of the month.

March 22: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
March 27: San Francisco, CA @ 103 Harriet
March 28: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

Madlib solo dates:

March 15: SXSW @ The North Day (Stones Throw Showcase)
March 21: Boston @ Middle East Downstairs
April 10: Ghent @ Vooruit
April 11: Milan at some festival or somethin’
April 17: Dublin @ Sugar Club
April 19: London – Soundcrash at Koko

Freddie solo dates up at freddiegibbs.com

Pinata Alert – CHICAGO

Rappcats — March 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

Update: zebra is toast | Chicago, March 6th, 4:40PM CST – There is a zebra piñata hanging from a monument in Grant Park by Columbia College near the corner of East 9th St & S. Michigan Ave. It contains four tickets to the Freddie Gibbs & Madlib show at Chicago’s Metro on Friday, March 7, and other mysterious objects. First person to get there and beat the piñata open gets the tickets and whatever else falls out. Have fun, take a photo, and please clean up after yourself.

The album: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata