Freddie Gibbs, Madlib & Anderson Paak
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Bandana is among 2019’s best Hip-Hop albums. The sophomore outing from the MC/producer battery has been complemented by a series of lighthearted videos starring Gangsta Gibbs. Including some album imagery, these visuals are based on a dr*g kingpin with a complicated past trying to live a straight-life, at least at face-value. However, like the plots of Godfather 3 or Carlito’s Way, Freddie cannot seem to escape the villains of his past life in the street. Even with humor sprinkled throughout, the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Gary, Indiana veteran was last seen drenched in the drama, care of the “Giannis” video.
For “Half Manne Half C*caine,” Gibbs wakes up in the hospital. With a full beard and long hair, a doctor (played by actor/comedian Eric Andre) informs the man that he’s been there for 10 years. The sequence is sprinkled with quite a bit of comedy, suggesting that America is in a sad state of affairs by 2029. After cursing out his doctor and other medical staff, the mended Gibbs elevates his mind, shaves his head, trims, his beard, and heads to the desert for revenge. He finds the same character that put him in the hospital in the last visual.
While Otis Jackson, Jr. does not appear in this Nick Walker-directed video (the reclusive legend has avoided that aspect of the rollout), his animated character makes a cameo in the elevator. Notably, this narrative, which also includes this year’s “Crime Pays,” dates back to Pinata video single “Thuggin’,” more than seven years ago.
Music by Madlib & Freddie Gibbs is presently included on the official Ambrosia For Heads Playlist.
10/20 – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factor^
10/22 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2^
10/23 – Manchester, UK @ Club Academy^
10/24 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity^
10/26 – London, UK @ 02 Forum
10/28 – Paris, France @ Yoyo
10/29 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Orangerie^
10/30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melweg
11/1 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
11/2 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset^
11/4 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Plaza^
11/5 – Milan, Italy @ Santeria Toscana 31^
11/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Adult Swim Festival
01/01 – Melbourne, Australia @ Coburg Veladrome^
01/03 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Triffid^
01/04 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro Theatre^
^= Freddie Gibbs solo performance