Deeper (EP)

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EP by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
Released September 24, 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre Hip hop
Length 15:49
Label Madlib Invazion
Producer Madlib
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib chronology
Freddie Gibbs chronology
Madlib chronology
Rock Konducta 45
Rock Konducta Vol. 1
Singles from Deeper
  1. "Deeper"
    Released: September 24, 2013

Deeper is the third collaborative EP by rapper Freddie Gibbs and hip hop musician Madlib. It was released on September 24, 2013 through Madlib Invazion.[1] Following up on their EPs Thuggin' (2011) and Shame (2012), it serves as the final EP in the trilogy before the release of their full-length LP, Piñata (2014).[2]

On the EP, "Deeper" is an ode to hip hop in the mold of Common's "I Used to Love H.E.R.".[3] Gibbs showcases the yin and yang of heartbreak and anger on the title track which is the tale of two men and the women that "cut them deep."[4][5] The B-side, "Harold's", is a nostalgic ode to the famous Harold's Chicken Shack – most known for their Chicago locations, but also located in Gibbs' hometown of Gary, Indiana – that served as the backdrop to many of his seminal life experiences.[4][6]

Music video[edit]

On June 3, 2014, Madlib Invazion published the title track's music video online. The clip, directed by Jonah Schwartz, forms a trilogy with the story begun with the two previous videos, "Thuggin'" and "Shame".[7] On said "loose" trilogy story arc, Gibbs' is shown running a drug operation and spending time with his girlfriend, before being sent to prison for a lengthy period. Upon getting his freedom, Gibbs discovers that she has connected with another man in his absence, and also has a son, presumably his.[8]

Critical response[edit]

The titular track was well received by music critics and was considered as one of Piñata's standout tracks.[9] For James Elliott, "Deeper" is a standout because of its "weightiness".[10] Writing of Earmilk, Elliott described Freddie Gibbs' style as "deceptively simple, thanks to [its] direct and blunt nature."[10] He explained that rather than overwhelming listeners with "metaphors piled atop metaphors," or sweeping them away "with allusions to ancient religious scrolls and nostalgic myths from the past", Gibbs chooses to give them "the story how it happened, painting a vivid image of his reality with stark simplicity."[10] Elliott remarks that "Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are more than an odd couple, they are a great pair." He observed that "Deeper" contains both of their signature techniques: with Gibbs letting listeners understand his pain with bluntness and Madlib finding strange samples to creatively use in production."[10] Michael K., writer for The Come Up Show, highlighted Gibbs' "ability to flow so effortlessly over a story telling track," giving listeners "a record that knocks but also has substance", and claimed that he "always comes correct on the track and Madlib's production puts this effort over the top."[11] Jordan Darville of Chart Attack noted that the EP's title track "gives a rare look at the softer side of Gangsta Gibbs, an on-mic persona known for his vociferous championing of his drug lord status and violent solutions. But here, he's heartbroken."[12] He wrote that "Gibbs' effortless narrative does most of the legwork, though Madlib's warm soul beat provides a good dose of honeyed heartache."[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Deeper"   Otis Jackson, Fredrick Tipton 3:10
2. "Deeper (Instrumental)"   O. Jackson 3:08
3. "Ups and Downs (Bonus Beat)"   O. Jackson 2:31
4. "Harold's"   O. Jackson, F. Tipton 2:49
5. "Harold's (Instrumental)"   O. Jackson 2:52
6. "The Long Walk Home (Bonus Beat)"   O. Jackson 1:19
  • All tracks are produced by Madlib.[13]
  • "Deeper" contains a sample of "A Fool For You" as performed by The Legends, used courtesy of Curtis McCormick.[14]


  1. ^ C.M., Emmanuel (4 Sep 2013). "Freddie Gibbs And Madlib Announce New Projects Release Dates". XXL. Retrieved 22 Oct 2013. 
  2. ^ Shamz. "Freddie Gibbs x Madlib “Deeper”". Okayplayer. Retrieved 22 Oct 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rappcats » Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata". 17 Mar 2014. Retrieved 22 Jun 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Rappcats » Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper". 23 Sep 2013. Retrieved 6 Apr 2014. 
  5. ^ Boman12l (3 Sep 2013). "Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – 'Deeper'". Retrieved 6 Apr 2013. 
  6. ^ Thomas, Chris (24 Sep 2013). "Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – 'Harold's' [LISTEN]". Retrieved 6 Apr 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rappcats » Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper (video)". 3 Jun 2014. Retrieved 20 Jun 2014. 
  8. ^ Koren, Daniel (3 Jun 2014). "Video: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, 'Deeper'". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 20 Jun 2014. 
  9. ^ Josephs, Brian (2014-02-07). "Album Review: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  10. ^ a b c d Elliott, James (4 Jun 2014). "Freddie Gibbs & Madlib get hurt in 'Deeper' [Video]". Retrieved 20 Jun 2014. 
  11. ^ Michael K. (3 Jun 2014). "[Video] Freddie Gibbs & Madlib-'Deeper' (Dir. Jonah Schwartz) - The Come Up Show". Retrieved 20 Jun 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Darville, Jordan (4 Jun 2014). "Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s "Deeper" music video is pretty sad". Channel Zero, Inc. Retrieved 21 Jun 2014. 
  13. ^ "On Sale: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Deeper 12-inch EP". Rappcats. 3 Sep 2013. Retrieved 22 Oct 2013. 
  14. ^ Piñata (Media notes). Freddie Gibbs & Madlib. Madlib Invazion. 2014.