Anyone else hear the new Childish Gambino record?

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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

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


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


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"

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 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:

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

childish gambino is karmin without the blackface

― carles danger mous (s.clover), Sunday, May 6, 2018 8:46 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

uh care to expand on that

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Monday, 7 May 2018 14:27 (two years ago) link

yeah that's a pretty weird comment to lay out there. Is Glover/Gambino theatrical? Yes. otherwise I don't get what you're saying at all.

akm, Monday, 7 May 2018 14:32 (two years ago) link

god there are so many bad takes on the video already and it's only monday morning

Simon H., Monday, 7 May 2018 14:33 (two years ago) link

(not itt so much)

Simon H., Monday, 7 May 2018 14:33 (two years ago) link

I took the Karmin comparison to mean "a showier, wild-appeal repackaging of popular contemporary sounds and ideas from an entertainer almost so good at it that it seems cynical."

Evan R, Monday, 7 May 2018 14:52 (two years ago) link

except karmin are terrible and he isn't?

akm, Monday, 7 May 2018 15:02 (two years ago) link

I was cringing at that Karmin comparison but didn't want to dissect what it means that a black person is not doing blackface.

Yerac, Monday, 7 May 2018 15:58 (two years ago) link

I get that comment a little bit; I found the initial incarnation of Childish Gambino deeply, deeply unconvincing in sincerity of presentation; it always struck me as more of a “this is how a rapper would present this” pose rather than “I’m going to tell this story via rap” if that makes any sense. Karmin has a similar pose going on whenever Noonan raps and I find it super off putting and unenjoayble. CG on this track, both with the musical template, the story he’s telling, and the video he put with it, cleared a sincerity hurdle for me that lets me vibe without reservation with what he’s doing.

Embalming is a flirty business (DJP), Monday, 7 May 2018 16:42 (two years ago) link

I feel similarly, early days CG felt a little theatrical, but now feels lived-in

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 7 May 2018 16:49 (two years ago) link

The critical about-face on Gambino as the world’s most unnecessary punchline rapper to the world’s most important political auteur is staggering.

we æt so many shimripl (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 7 May 2018 16:51 (two years ago) link

no question that the current incarnation of gambino is better than that initial incarnation. but donald glover is an extremely talented writer, and possibly the most gifted comic actor of his generation, and he should do that more and do music less.

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Monday, 7 May 2018 16:53 (two years ago) link

Ok, I now understand that comment by reading it "prior to this weekend, childish gambino was karmin without the blackface."

Yerac, Monday, 7 May 2018 16:59 (two years ago) link

"god there are so many bad takes on the video already and it's only monday morning"

are there?

remember when we didn't need an exegesis to enjoy a music video? those were the days

video and commentary aside, musically this is definitely one of the best songs he's ever done; catchy, memorable, excellent.

akm, Monday, 7 May 2018 17:33 (two years ago) link

I mean on twitter the two duelling takes I keep seeing seem to be "zomg this is An Incisive Commentary and Everything We Need Right Now" vs "this is an Irresponsible and Problematic statement that emphasizes black-on-black violence and fails to address...[etc.]" and like honestly can we just not do this

Simon H., Monday, 7 May 2018 17:37 (two years ago) link

anyway I want to echo everyone who said this song seems to represent a step up even if I'm not 100% convinced yet (by his music that is - Atlanta is amazing)

Simon H., Monday, 7 May 2018 17:41 (two years ago) link

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?

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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