Last week, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib dropped a bomb of an album with their long-awaited collaboration Piñata. Released on the same day as YG’s impressive debut My Krazy Life, Gangsta Gibbs and The Loop Digga made hip-hop nerds go nuts with their combination of drug-dealing tales and luscious beats. The indie products livened up their set with A-list guest appearances from Danny Brown, Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt and Scarface.

While Gibbs raps with ease over the soulful and funky landscape, Face delivers his most vivid verse on “Broken.” In our Train Of Thought column, XXL spoke with the Houston hard-hitter about the inspiration for writing his bars, what certain lines mean, and why he admires the hustle of Gibbs. —Eric Diep