We knew this was coming–we just didn’t know when. Freddie Gibbs and Black Thought went into the studio together some months back, and now Gibbs has shared the apparent fruits of their labor. It’s called “Extradite” and is the latest single off of his upcoming Shadow of a Doubt mixtape, which is due out November 20th on ESGN Records. Produced by Toronto beatsmith Mikhail the track is, if we can be so bold as to say, an instant classic. The tune samples Bob James‘s classic fusion cut “Nautilus”, speeding it up into menacing curlicues that become hollow-tipped shells once Freddie Kane begins to spit. You thought you were ready but you weren’t even awake for it. Then, as Black Thought takes his turn, things only escalate, the Roots lyricist sounding as clear and focused as he’s ever been. It’s a thing of beauty when two artists push each other to the height of their abilities; “Extradite” is a reminder of just how good hip-hop can get.
But that’s not all–Freddie Gibbs also shared “Packages” featuring ManMan Savage, a street-sweeping trap tune that sees Gibbs pushing his flow to a breathless pace. Listen to both “Extradite” and “Packages” below and pre-order Shadow of a Doubt on iTunes. Now.