Any hip-hop head will tell you that Freddie Gibbs and Madlib had one of the best albums of 2019, Bandana. It was their second collaborative project together, after the highly acclaimed Piñata, back in 2014. When we heard that Freddie and Madlib would be performing on one of our favorite programs, Tiny Desk Concert, we couldn’t wait to see which track they’d choose to play off Bandana. They ended up choosing some of our favorites from the album: “Education,” “Gat Damn,” “Soul Right,” and “Freestyle S***.”
According to NPR, this particular episode of Tiny Desk was a year in the making, due to the fact that Madlib, a legendary producer, “insisted on playing with El Michels Affair, a vintage funk and soul band based out of New York.” It’s apparent why. The band had a huge role in this performance, and has us drooling to see more of Freddie Gibbs with a live band. It’s just too groovy.
Check out this brilliant performance from Freddie, Madlib, and El Michels Affair below and enjoy!