When Freddie Gibbs and Madlib put their heads together, worlds collide and sparks fly upward. Gibbs is a Chi-town dude rapping from a place of hunger, grit and grime. DJ/producer/MC Madlib is a psychedelic man, an inventor of musical languages where few things are unfractured or undeconstructed; his work on classic tracks by J Dilla, MF Doom, his own Quasimoto persona and a zillion other things speaks for itself. The MadGibbs duo recently released their debut full-length, Piñata, in Gibbs' words “a gangster blaxploitation film on wax,” on which the deceptively self-aware and charismatic Gibbs spits poison about his harshly hardcore life. The deft way he flows around Madlib's exploded funk/soul/prog beats is where the fine art comes in. (See Music feature.) Also: Bong Leach rapper-producer Joey Fatts.
Fri., March 28, 9 p.m., 2014
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