CTE signee Freddie Gibbs and producer Madlib announced last Friday (November 18), during the Madlib Medicine Show tour stop, that the pair have a collaborative project in the works.
While announcing the news, the duo debuted two new tracks from the forthcoming EP, “Thuggin'” and “Deep.”
The EP will consist of six tracks, and will be released through Madlib’s Madlib Invazion label, the imprint the producer founded to release his 13 Madlib Medicine Show volumes.
Gibbs and Madlib’s as-of-yet untitled album is planned for release in first quarter 2012.
For Madlib, this marks another entry in an exciting series of collaborative albums that he has created with the likes of DOOM (Madvillainy), the late J. Dilla (Jaylib), and Strong Arm Steady (In Search Of Stoney Jackson).
For Gibbs, the album serves as somewhat of a departure: coming off the heels of his acclaimed Cold Day In Hell album, and before the release of the album he’s finishing for Young Jeezy’s CTE imprint. This project gives the Gary, Indiana-bred, LA-based rapper a chance to stretch out over the Beat Konducta’s lush musical tapestry.
If the first single is any indication, this collaboration will find Gibbs’ rough raps landing atop smoldering soul and jagged psychedelia.
Created specially for Madlib’s Medicine Show Tour, late 2011 the Thuggin’ EP contains vocals, instrumentals and two bonus beats.
Listen to “Thuggin'” below.