LISTEN: Madlib & Freddie Gibbs first new single in five years, "Flat Tummy Tea"
It's been half a decade since Madlib and Freddie Gibbs' critically acclaimed collaboration Pinata, which in my book, is basically five years too long. Thankfully, with the recent release of new single, "Flat Tummy Tea," the duo finally share the first offering of the long-anticipated follow up Bandana.
"I beat the pot like Joseph beat Mike and Jermaine / One came out light, one came out dark but they smokin' the same," starts off the track with Gibbs' signature relentless straight-to-the-point lyricism, continued by the rapper not holding back from speaking his mind on the history of Black America and the notable figures within it, including Obama, Diddy, and Spike Lee ("Fuck Spike, he mostly show Malcolm on coke and white whores, did the shit so he can get fundin' up from them white boys").
Madlib's production, which initially cranks in like the sound of dial up computers bursting over a slew of drum breaks, eventually gives way to a clean switch up in the half-point of the track. It's classic Madlib; unconventional, gltiching, and hard as hell. In a Red Bull Music Academy talk in 2016, Madlib revealed that much of the beats he made for Kanye's The Life of Pablo ended up being swooped up by Freddie Gibbs, presumably for Bandana, so we can only imagine what the rest of the album sounds like.
Bandana is slated for a 2019 release via RCA Records. Stream the track below. You can also catch Madlib live in San Diego with us on March 16th, his only non-festival U.S. show in 2019.