Anyone else hear the new Childish Gambino record?

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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

one month passes...

Atlanta's incredible and this album's better than it has any right to be. Year Of The Glover.

alpine static, Sunday, 8 January 2017 11:28 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

just hearing this, and so far, it's basically straight up P-Funk ripping, with some slight Prince in there. Done really well/accurately mind you, but also reminds me of that other great P-Funk ripper, Lenny Kravitz, and as such, is hard to get really into

Dominique, Thursday, 2 February 2017 14:55 (three years ago) link

five months pass...

"redbone," does it sample connan mockasin? feels like it but i can't identify

marcos, Friday, 21 July 2017 17:11 (two years ago) link

ok it's not quite the same just similar. this is the tune i was thinking of, "caramel"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdCz7zqfvP4

marcos, Friday, 21 July 2017 17:19 (two years ago) link

pretty close

down that brown path (Spottie), Saturday, 22 July 2017 05:57 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

tour w/ Rae Sremmurd.

i know Glover is getting pretty famous but i guess i'm surprised Childish Gambino can play arenas, even with Rae Sremmurd opening. or am i underestimating him? or do these venues include a post-Solo bump?

09-06 Atlanta, GA - Infinite Energy Arena
09-08 Chicago, IL - United Center
09-10 Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre
09-12 Boston, MA - TD Garden
09-14 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
09-18 Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
09-19 Washington, DC - Capital One Arena
09-22 Houston, TX - Toyota Center
09-23 Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
09-26 Inglewood, CA - The Forum
09-27 Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
09-29 Seattle, WA - KeyArena
09-30 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rogers Arena

alpine static, Monday, 5 March 2018 19:11 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

That new video

just sayin, Sunday, 6 May 2018 09:20 (two years ago) link

...is really good. The SNL episode was better than average too.

Yerac, Sunday, 6 May 2018 16:01 (two years ago) link

i thought it was a really bad SNL episode actually, but his performances were good

akm, Sunday, 6 May 2018 17:32 (two years ago) link

childish gambino is karmin without the blackface

carles danger mous (s.clover), Monday, 7 May 2018 00:46 (two years ago) link

I still can't believe Redbone made it into the top 77 of our 2017 songs poll

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 7 May 2018 05:39 (two years ago) link

I can, because it's fuckin good

Johnny Fever, Monday, 7 May 2018 11:59 (two years ago) link

Here's what showed up on my screen as soon as the last moments of the video ended:

https://i.imgur.com/USzSBZJ.png

pplains, Monday, 7 May 2018 13:31 (two years ago) link

The new song/video are 100% fire

Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Monday, 7 May 2018 13:47 (two years ago) link

^^^

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 7 May 2018 13:49 (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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