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Shame EP by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
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7/10 Andrew 6th August 2014

Madlib is peerless in my opinion, so I'm probably going to be a bit biased, so impartiality warning out of the way... this is good. It's not his finest work and sometimes you can feel a bit short changed by these import hip hop 12's. Ooooh 8 tracks! But then you check and its actually really 2 tracks and a couple of bonus beats with associated accappellas and instros. All goodnif you are a gifted turntablist (I'm not) but a little superfluous for general use.

That said Madlib's backing tracks can be more interesting than the same track with vocals, so in this case its not necessarily a bad thing. The title track Shame kicks off with a lovely soul sample before kicking into a nice laid back breakbeat. Freddie Gibbs isn't necessarily the best MC I've ever heard, and his contribution is fine, but its the production that pulls you in. So the instro is my choice on this side. The Later That Night beat is decent, sits alongside the Beat Konducta material well. The accappella I can do without.

Side Two carries Terrorist, not as strong as Shame and is very short, nice head nodder of a beat with a nice little riff over the top, but to be honest is a little light weight as a track in itself. Again Freddie Gibbs is fine, without setting the world on fire. The bonus beat is my favourite element of ths side, The Morning After again repeating that lovely looped soul sample over a beat that made Shame such a good track. Again the accappella is well, meh.

Madlib fans will lap this up, I'm glad to have it in my collection, however more casual fans may want to head straight for Pinata for a more significant taste of Madlib's work.


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