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It’s Donald Glover’s eye-popping soul riot. And like everything he’s touched in 2016, his third Childish Gambino album is a slow-burning triumph. The robust hip-hop of previous records is parked and in its place arrives sweltering soul and mussed-up funk. Opener “Me and Your Mama” is a deep, exultant opus that makes plain Glover’s ambition, the exquisite “Redbone” sees him access a register (and vibe) that Prince would approve, while “California”—a sort of breezy calypso jam with a judicious use of wood whistle—captures the effervescent and completely intoxicating spirit of a very special record.
DONALD IS A GENIUS
Donald Glover is truly a mastermind and way ahead of his time. Everything he creates is pure classic and out of this world, literally from a different time. “Awaken, My Love!” Is going to be a game changer for music in general. I had the opportunity to listen to it at his Pharos event and it changed my life. This man has God-like talent. It’s time the whole world realizes this.
As someone who went to the Pharos concert, I can confirm that the single “Me and Your Mama”, as well as the entire album, is funky as hell. A really radical change for Gambino, but a really fantastic one too. I can promise this album will be excellent, and if you’re a fan of R&B, or funk/jazz, you will absolutely love this album.
This isn’t the Gambino I know
This just isn’t Childish Gambino. This isn’t the same artist we all fell in love with when he released his EP and when Camp came out. I’ve been a Gambino fan for years, I’ve been listening to him since his mix tapes and EP, and this is not the Artist I fell in love with in 2011. I’m pretty sure we were all expecting a rap album when he first announced this album and this is not that. I don’t understand how or why everyone is labeling this a masterpiece when it’s not even his voice on the tracks. It’s so heavily distored and synthesized. I want a rap album from Gambino. If he wanted to do this, he should’ve released it under a different name or at least tell us long before it was released that it wouldn’t be a rap album. I’m genuinely curious how I am in the minority of not liking this Album. I only like Redbone. This is his worst album by far.
Born: September 25, 1983 in Los Angeles, CA
Years Active: ’00s, ’10s
Whether doing standup, acting on TV and in movies, or performing his off-kilter hip-hop and funk under the name Childish Gambino, it’s impossible not to be impressed by Donald Glover’s talents. He got his start performing with the sketch group Derrick Comedy, which led to him being hired by Tina Fey in 2006 to write for 30 Rock. Three years later he left that job to move to Los Angeles and was soon cast on the sitcom Community. He had released his first mixtape, Sick Boi, the previous year, using…