Anyone else hear the new Childish Gambino record?

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whiney it cannot be a coincidence that you pledged a twitter hiatus and then literally hours later childish gambino drops a track grocery bagging trayvon martin. the universe is testing you, i fear you are to be a modern-day Job.

techno pink (reddening), Monday, 2 April 2012 23:34 (eight years ago) link

More like Gob.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Monday, 2 April 2012 23:53 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...
three months pass...

Shame the thread from the sandbox had to stay there.

Cunga, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 06:09 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

new album is called "because the internet"

reddening, Thursday, 5 December 2013 23:57 (six years ago) link

Listening to an early leak now; not quite the rhyming skills as Kid Cudi or Jay Electronica, but still, this is a pretty fine slab for a TV actor/comedian (Donald Glover).

As i continue to listen, this record may render many of the early "Best of 2013" lists obsolete.

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 6 December 2013 00:34 (six years ago) link

i shudder to think if it's even possible to have inferior rhyming skills to the guy who wrote this verse

http://youtu.be/QCi5YmAiiw4?t=3m46s

deez the season (some dude), Friday, 6 December 2013 00:38 (six years ago) link

bodacious ignoramus

flopson, Friday, 6 December 2013 01:30 (six years ago) link

no great interest in hearing dude's new album, but:

Would your ideal eventual career path eventually mirror someone like Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Will Smith or Drake?

I want to be something completely different from everyone on that list.

Now, excluding Tina Fey from that list. Fuck, marry, kill.
Drake's my boy, but he would not be fun to fuck, that would be really sad. I'd probably fuck Will Smith because he's ripped. I'd marry Jerry Seinfeld because he's so fucking rich. So by process of elimination, I'd have to kill Drake.

JoeStork, Friday, 13 December 2013 02:10 (six years ago) link

Got 5 copies of this on red vinyl at the record store today. eBay prospectors were out in droves, those five copies lasted five minutes. I saw one go for $270 on eBay today; we were selling 'em for thirty bucks. Yikes

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Friday, 13 December 2013 02:13 (six years ago) link

waht

JoeStork, Friday, 13 December 2013 02:18 (six years ago) link

Yup, reddit.com/r/vinyl gold

Evan, Friday, 13 December 2013 02:30 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Wow, I just encountered someone who is unfamiliar with tv/movie Donald Glover and only knows of Childish Gambino as a new rap artist. Of course those people are out there, but I never figured I'd have one in my own sphere of friends.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:14 (six years ago) link

that's gonna be more and more common. he's had a top 10 album, he's never been on a top 10 show.

scott c-word (some dude), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 20:52 (six years ago) link

Weird, I had no idea he was really taking off.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:06 (six years ago) link

Last year I put out a call for the Internet to find me one Childish Gambino fan who wasn't also a Community fan. And a lot of people on Twitter tried, or thought they knew an exception, but ultimately not one could do it; the overlap between the two fanbases was 100%.

Obviously that's going to change now, but for the longest time it drove me nuts that the rap press treated this guy like a real rap act when clearly he was a TV tie-in. It would be like treating The Simpsons as an interesting musical sensation because Simpsons Sing the Blues sold some copies.

Evan R, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:25 (six years ago) link

that might've been just your twitter circle, though. he definitely had music fans who've never seen the show, even before the last album.

scott c-word (some dude), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:31 (six years ago) link

as much as i'm not a fan, the tv tie-in thing is unfair. it's not like he was making rap songs about Community.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:36 (six years ago) link

seems way harder for actors to get taken seriously as musicians than vice versa.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:36 (six years ago) link

xxp I'm sure it was an age thing; if I followed more college sophomores one of them probably would have known some quiet kid in the dorm with a hard drive full of rap but no TV. But it was (and remains) silly the way some rap sites act like this guy's preexisting celebrity and built-in fanbase from the most cultishly adored show on television has nothing to do with his following

Evan R, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:38 (six years ago) link

Listening to Because the Internet for the first time right now, and it's a marked improvement over the last time I heard him doing this.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:38 (six years ago) link

seems way harder for actors to get taken seriously as musicians than vice versa.

usually that's true, but it's different when you're a vaguely comic rapper rapping about the same geeky subject matter as the TV show you star in

Evan R, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:39 (six years ago) link

Like, I personally hear Troy Barnes trying on a rap guise as a gag, but to someone who's never watched Community, this is good enough to be a legit rap album.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:39 (six years ago) link

as much as i'm not a fan, the tv tie-in thing is unfair. it's not like he was making rap songs about Community.

― festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, February 5, 2014 4:36 PM (1 minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i agree w/ this, although it is funny that most of his stuff is produced by the Swedish dude who composes background music for Community

scott c-word (some dude), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:42 (six years ago) link

Hugh Laurie doesn't sing blues songs about ethically challenged doctors, either, but that doesn't mean 95% of the crowd at his show didn't watch House

Evan R, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:45 (six years ago) link

But it was (and remains) silly the way some rap sites act like this guy's preexisting celebrity and built-in fanbase from the most cultishly adored show on television has nothing to do with his following

ok, that makes sense.

although it is funny that most of his stuff is produced by the Swedish dude who composes background music for Community

totally, and that dude should be the real star here.

festival culture (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 21:51 (six years ago) link

Hugh Laurie doesn't sing blues songs about ethically challenged doctors, either, but that doesn't mean 95% of the crowd at his show didn't watch House

presumably you mean "at his show in America" here

(D1CK$) (sic), Wednesday, 5 February 2014 22:26 (six years ago) link

Haha, my bad, didn't mean to insult the U.K. and Jeeves and Wooster fans around the world, sorry about that

Evan R, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 22:34 (six years ago) link

is this album better or worse than Camp? Because that one was god-awful.

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 22:38 (six years ago) link

The half of it I listened to today was better than Camp imo.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 22:42 (six years ago) link

(way better known in .au for Blackadder and A Bit Of than as an inappropriate Bertram [Ionicus or gtfo imo])

(D1CK$) (sic), Thursday, 6 February 2014 00:40 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

Did not listen to Childish's last 6 years of output, however have just had a listen to these fantastic two new tracks Redbone and Me and Your Mama.

Loving the Pink Floyd and Funkadelic vibes

mingalaba, Friday, 18 November 2016 04:44 (three years ago) link

Redbone is definitely 2016's best Prince track.

mingalaba, Friday, 18 November 2016 04:48 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

new album through the first four tracks a psych-funk groove for sure

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 2 December 2016 12:59 (three years ago) link

I think it's great - ignore the haters who wanted a trap album. I think it's a bold move and am happy to see him stretch himself as an artist, too.

Haven't looked at the credits or anything, but curious to see who may have played on it/produced some of it.

Love Questlove's instagram post about it, too https://www.instagram.com/p/BNgjtqdBrnE/?taken-by=questlove

Federico Boswarlos, Friday, 2 December 2016 17:09 (three years ago) link

I'm happy that this isn't a trap album, just a little befuddled at the panegyrics this has been met with on some «whoah! live instrumentation! how rare!» ish. It's pleasant enough to listen to, but nothing I feel a particular urge to put on.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 5 December 2016 12:37 (three years ago) link

I don't like it very much AND I'm glad it wasn't trap. Redbone is fucking amazing, though.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 5 December 2016 12:45 (three years ago) link

It's pleasant enough to listen to

I... don't know if I'd go that far. That voice could peel wallpaper.

Evan R, Monday, 5 December 2016 16:11 (three years ago) link

In what world did this guy think he had the voice or musical skillset to pull off a Bilal album?

Evan R, Monday, 5 December 2016 16:11 (three years ago) link

i keep hearing good things abt this but super skeptical i hate this guy's music

it's kept me from watching Atlanta which is probably to my detriment

tbh half of it is all the non-rap fans i know who keep bigging up him like "i don't usually listen to rap but childish gambino is great" barf

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 5 December 2016 16:21 (three years ago) link

I'm enjoying it but agree that it may not be panegyric worthy. Redbone is a jam.

Ha, ironically, I'll guess your non-rap fan circle will probably be disappointed he doesn't rap on this.

Atlanta is a terrific show, you should totally watch - nothing to do with Childish Gambino, either. Glover doesn't even play the rapper in the show. He is a better actor than he is anything else, to be fair.

Federico Boswarlos, Monday, 5 December 2016 18:26 (three years ago) link

I tolerated then grew to hate Camp and avoided everything else he did. The first track on "Awaken, My Love!" is really, REALLY good.

¶ (DJP), Monday, 5 December 2016 19:48 (three years ago) link

to me it feels as if he's always an actor. Here he's trying to portray a funk gawd.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 5 December 2016 20:09 (three years ago) link

LOL - https://medium.com/@marcuskdowling/childish-gambinos-new-album-is-a-deplorable-act-of-treason-c80e3f7cc062#.cfp24cqwt

Now I really will listen to it.

Jeff W, Monday, 5 December 2016 20:49 (three years ago) link

what the hell is that reviewer on

¶ (DJP), Monday, 5 December 2016 21:03 (three years ago) link

I mean, I turned the album off by about track 7 because I'd gotten the point and it was boring me but that reaction seems like it's fueled by something more pharmaceutical than righteous indignation.

¶ (DJP), Monday, 5 December 2016 21:04 (three years ago) link

Donald Glover is releasing Awaken, My Love in the midst of his most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful period as a creative

i swear to everyone i will never use "creative" as a noun

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 5 December 2016 21:05 (three years ago) link

what the hell is that reviewer on

Hottakeaminiphen

though she denies it to the press, (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 5 December 2016 21:11 (three years ago) link

^^^ I am not getting over this any time soon

¶ (DJP), Monday, 5 December 2016 21:19 (three years ago) link

This is America vid feels very Kendrick-lite to me

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:36 (two years ago) link

nothing wrong with Kendrick being an influencer IMO particularly for songs and/or videos that have this kind of wide viewership

akm, Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:46 (two years ago) link

"dimestore brechtian distancing"

as opposed to threepenny brechtian distancing?

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 10 May 2018 22:07 (two years ago) link

Xpost: agreed. Idk if Kendrick-lite is meant as an insult but more rappers emulating him is desirable imho.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 10 May 2018 22:19 (two years ago) link

this is all reflected through so much artifice that it doesn't feel like it connects to me -- it represents connecting, and it simulates making a statement.

I guess this was my takeaway, too; the video had me thinking more about its production and technical aspects than it “connected” emotionally or intellectually (but seems I’m in the minority, and it’s not a hill I’ll die on). There certainly are a lot of “decoder rings” all over YouTube, etc. I’m sure that’s part of the point with all the signifiers, to get people learning about things they maybe weren’t aware of.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Friday, 11 May 2018 00:34 (two years ago) link

jfc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUWq_aBiE_s&feature=youtu.be

Simon H., Saturday, 12 May 2018 21:41 (two years ago) link

link doesn't work for me

dyl, Saturday, 12 May 2018 23:34 (two years ago) link

doesn’t even sync up that well

flopson, Saturday, 12 May 2018 23:53 (two years ago) link

I think the buy-in point is the gun firing when the chorus starts.
Anyway it’s a positive “jfc” from me

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Saturday, 12 May 2018 23:58 (two years ago) link

uuuh...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW8whgmyTNU

carles danger maus (s.clover), Monday, 14 May 2018 03:58 (two years ago) link

oh my god

dyl, Monday, 14 May 2018 04:05 (two years ago) link

dying at the thumbs up/down ratio there.

carles danger maus (s.clover), Monday, 14 May 2018 05:22 (two years ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/xdIwcrr.jpg

pplains, Monday, 14 May 2018 14:56 (two years ago) link

It's terrible, obviously, but I also have no clue what she is "singing".

Yerac, Monday, 14 May 2018 15:02 (two years ago) link

I browsed her youtube channel a bit and I think she may be a kind of career youtube troll, and a really boring one at that

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 14 May 2018 15:57 (two years ago) link

#1 on the Hot 100.

Simon H., Monday, 14 May 2018 17:33 (two years ago) link

What about Gambino's version? x-post

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Monday, 14 May 2018 17:38 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

Is this a reach?

This will largely be overlooked but it sounds like same damn song and this was released a few years prior.

Has this been discussed? https://t.co/kqTSH4fTrv

— Baby Freeway 🇧🇷🇳🇬 (@RappersRActors) June 24, 2018

Initial reaction was yeah but repeat listens has me questioning

tsrobodo, Monday, 25 June 2018 22:05 (one year ago) link

I don't know, but it's a good track.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 25 June 2018 22:18 (one year ago) link

Great track that happens to have the same flow, same subject matter and strikingly similarly stripped down percussive trap beat with vocal chants.

Either way the artist seems to be cool with it so may as well leave it at that.
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bkc_rJJg27q/?hl=en&taken-by=jaseharley

tsrobodo, Monday, 25 June 2018 22:29 (one year ago) link

I feel like Weird Al needs to make a parody of 'This is America' (partly because the music video would be great).
What would it be titled?

He said captain, I said wot (FlopsyDuck), Thursday, 5 July 2018 12:34 (one year ago) link

I feel like he doesn't

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Thursday, 5 July 2018 16:17 (one year ago) link

i feel like he needn't make any more music ever again but i realize i'm in the minority on that one

dyl, Thursday, 5 July 2018 17:48 (one year ago) link

This is Antarctica.

MarkoP, Thursday, 5 July 2018 18:01 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Love this is America

No angel came (Ross), Sunday, 22 July 2018 21:02 (one year ago) link

Love this is America Style

President Keyes, Monday, 23 July 2018 14:05 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

new video is neat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1B9Fk_SgI0

remy bean, Monday, 3 September 2018 16:04 (one year ago) link

The aesthetic is kinda simpsonswave.

big firework, Monday, 3 September 2018 19:25 (one year ago) link

track really nails the sound it's evidently aiming for but the song could be better

dyl, Monday, 3 September 2018 19:48 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

guy rly does have a messiah complex but i liked the cheerfully slight guava island: v deliberate leftwing fable, indulgently pretty (loved the aspect and the fake? 16mm grain, but the rounded edges were a bit much), funny, short, casually zero white people. rihanna is underused i guess but i kind of admired the willingness to underuse rihanna. chops provided by nonso anozie, whom i recognized immediately but couldn't place-- he's done lear and othello so naturally it turned out what i'd seen him in is a bit part in s1 game of thrones. anyway, just nice to watch something tropical.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 22 April 2019 23:49 (one year ago) link

the first article i found while googling around to figure out if it was actually shot on 16 was an all-hands-on-deck DONALD GLOVER DOESN'T UNDERSTAND CAPITALISM. CAPITALISM HAS LIFTED BILLIONS OUT OF POVERTY. IN 1900 THE AVERAGE WAGE WAS ONLY $3. AS JONAH GOLDBERG WRITES IN "THE DECLINE OF THE WEST", etc., so well done there.

difficult listening hour, Monday, 22 April 2019 23:52 (one year ago) link

it's Murai, right? he does so much digital grading on his other stuff that I'd assume the same here. 16mm instagram filter.

blokes you can't rust (sic), Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:06 (one year ago) link

yeah. too bad imo.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:07 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Apparently Donald Glover Presents was streamed this weekend. I haven't heard it yet, anyone have some thoughts?

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/donald-glover-surprise-release-new-album-967548/

octobeard, Monday, 16 March 2020 04:38 (two months ago) link

That article is out of date, as the stream apparently disappeared later in the day.

Panic! At The Costco (morrisp), Monday, 16 March 2020 04:55 (two months ago) link

It’s back up. Listening now. It’s .... really fucking good?

rawdogging the pandemic (hardcore dilettante), Monday, 23 March 2020 17:07 (two months ago) link

This is amazing. One of the best records of the year on first listen, and quite the zeitgeist record at that.

octobeard, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:54 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

finally hearing this and it is great. my fav stuff from this guy yet for sure.

davey, Saturday, 25 April 2020 14:25 (one month ago) link


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