Freddie Gibbs and Madlib serving up a dish called "Harold's" named for a Chicago fried chicken chain is a near perfect recipe. Like a plate piled high with fried chicken the Gary, Indiana rapper's flow is greasy, near to the point of escaping grasp. His staccato rat-a-tat flow punctures any target in its way and continues on through scenes of "weed crumbs on my plush seats" and donning ski-masks to avoid identification. For his part, Cali's mad experimenter Madlib crafts an airtight synth/clap track crispier than a French fry. When Gibbs lobs shots at haters, the booming bass makes the insults that much saltier. Early on in his second verse, Gibbs namechecks KFC and it's an illustrative reference. Gibbs has never been a Fortune 500 entity in the rap game, he's the guy with the mom and pop corner store scraping by. What he and Madlib cook up here is far more nourishing than factory-line fried chicken.
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Deeper EP drops tomorrow and their long-awaited Piñata is slated for a 2/4/2014 release through Madlib Invazion.