Freddie Gibbs and Madlib sat down with Billboard to discuss their sophomore joint album Bandana, collaborating with Pusha T and Killer Mike, and whether Madlib has any plans to release the music he recorded with Mac Miller.
Asked if the pair’s chemistry was any different working on Bandana than what it was while creating their previous record Piñata, Gibbs tells Billboard that nothing has changed when it comes to chemistry.
“We still doing the same thing we was doing in the first album, he says. “Just having fun, trying new shit, taking risks.” Madlib adds that it’s just another chapter for them, calling it a “continuation.”
As for what the significance behind the title Bandana is, Gibbs says that people will have to listen to the record to find out what it is. “There’s definitely some significance to it,” he admits, “But you gotta hear all the titles together for you to really make it make sense.”
The pair are also asked why they decided to join forces with Pusha T and Killer Mike on the record, to which Gibbs confesses that he actually didn’t want to have any features on the album at first.
“When I started working on it when I came home, I was just like nah, I’m just gonna do this thing. I ain’t really feeling reaching out to people and going through the motions, so let me just do this thing and wrap it up, just make another classic, this time just do it all me,” Gibbs explains.
“But I got to a point where I was hanging around people and I just couldn’t say no,” he adds with a laugh. “It worked. It was timing, it was all about timing. Everything in this game is about timing.”
In the interview, Madlib also opens up about having worked with the late Mac Miller, stating that while they didn’t record an entire album together, they did record a bunch of rough first takes. “If I get the permission I will put it out,” he says of the recordings. “But that’s up to his family.”
You can check out the full video interview with Freddie Gibbs and Madlib above.