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Bandana

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib

Bandana

Second album from the Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and Oxnard DJ and producer Madlib

ADM rating[?]

8.0

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
28/06/2019
US Release date
28/06/2019
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    Opposites attract on the duo's second collaborative album; experimental producer Madlib and gruff rapper Freddie Gibbs have created this year's 'Daytona'
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  2. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Unvarnished and utterly dazzling hip-hop
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  3. 9.1 |   Consequence Of Sound

    At 14 minutes shorter than its predecessor, Bandana concentrates the grimy energy of Piñata into an even more potent punch, and the result is a knockout
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  4. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    One of the very best rap albums of 2019, or any other year in recent memory
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  5. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An instant classic
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  6. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Another instant classic with nuance that’ll keep it there for decades
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  7. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    It’s 15 minutes shorter than Piñata but twice as dense, full of deep-in-the-mix flourishes that zip by and lyrical change-ups from Gibbs that unfurl in the span of a single bar
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  8. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    They compliment each other extremely well, Gibbs proving he really can rap over whatever weird left turns Madlib gives him
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  9. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    On their second album as a duo, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs pull themselves deeper into one another’s worlds
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Madlib and Freddie Gibbs continue to draw the best out of each other on Bandana, the spectacular follow-up to Piñata
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The crushing bass and dense mesh of samples and found sounds surround you like narcotic smokeThe crushing bass and dense mesh of samples and found sounds surround you like narcotic smoke
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  12. 8.0 |   The FT

    The pair’s second collaboration melds the LA-based producer’s ingenuity with the Indiana rapper’s dexterity
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  13. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The hip-hop production wizard and charismatic MC team up for another head-spinning album
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  14. 8.0 |   Q

    For all the walks-ons, this remains a two-man show that celebrates the MC/producer relationship at the heart of hip-hop--and allows both talents to shine at their brightest levels. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Bandana is one of the most satisfying rap records I’ve heard so far in 2019
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  16. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Whilst Bandana doesn’t have Piñata’s same effortless sense of an instant classic, it has considerably more urgency and contemporary punch, also reflected in the once-again immaculate choice of collaborators
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  17. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Their styles are so different that when they come together, they create something they could not achieve on their own
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  18. 7.0 |   The 405

    There was a lot riding on this album to be a worthy successor to Piñata, and Gibbs and Madlib ended up with something that unfortunately doesn’t come close to those heights, but something that’s still worth thoughtful evaluation and plenty of discussion
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  19. 7.0 |   Clash

    Madlib continues to provide the backing that allows Freddie Gibbs to shine, choosing to predominantly stick to slower, authentically instrumental led soundscapes across the LP
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  20. 7.0 |   Crack

    At 16 tracks, it occasionally feels a touch too indulgent, but that’s easily forgiven when you wonder how many more records of this quality we might get if more of hip-hop’s key figures were as open-minded as these two
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  21. 4.0 |   The Observer

    What will this album be great for? Chopping up and scattering into DJ sets: verse here, chorus there
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