1. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
Piñata isn’t the most experimental album to release sonically or in regards to songwriting, but it’s honestly the most surprising collaborative effort of the year. Gangsta Gibbs waxes poetics, delivering songs about everything from love lost with a twist to living the street life to his love for Los Angeles. Madlib delivers some of his most cohesive production since producing the classic Madvillainy album for MF DOOM.
That says enough.