Yesterday it leaked to the internet, today Because The Internet can be officially streamed on the, um, internet.
And after a day of sitting with it, I have a very favorable impression to what will be Childish Gambino's second album. The entire flow and production of the album is on another level as Gambino changes up his delivery — be it rapping or singing — throughout as well. Aside from the previously released singles like "3005", I find myself gravitating towards "Crawl", "Shadows", "No Exit", "Zealots Of Stockholm (Free Information)", "Pink Toes" f/ Jhene Aiko, and "Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)" f/ Azealia Banks. So yeah, that's a good amount of tracks instantly making the rotation, on top of more that are surely going to grow on me. You can cop the album next Tuesday, December 10th that also features, oh yeah, Chance The Rapper on yesterday's "The Worst Guys". Do yourself a favor and at least listen beforehand above.
This weekend in College Station, Texas, Childish Gambino premiered a new song off the upcoming album just a couple weeks away, Because The Internet. The song is called "The Crawl" and from the preview above, sounds like a great one, possessing a nice female sample/vocalist on the chorus. Lookin' forward to digesting this one at CDQ soon enough.
18. II. earth: The oldest computer (The last night) [feat. Azealia Banks]
19. III. life: The biggest troll (andrew auernheimer)
The three features: Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko, and Azealia Banks. The first two should come as no surprise, and perhaps the third one as well for any keen listener of "Centipede" for the "my wallet's Azealia" line (could mean Iggy, but Banks makes more sense). I'm excited for this album and have been impressed with the sound of the previews thus far (see: below). Plus, look at the structure of the album — this looks like an innovative book on tape CD.
Gambino fans, look no further than this post for a couple of interviews you got to lend your eyes and ears to.
First, and most recently, Glover stopped by the Juan Epstein podcast to talk with Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds — mainly about life experiences, while also touching on the music. A few takeaways: Gambino talks about seeing the fake B.S. in the industry and around him, his friendship with Jhene Aiko, and wanting to make pop music (you'll have to hear him describe it, it's not what you think). Press play above and leave it up in the background for the next hour. Rosenberg & Cipha keep it light-hearted as well so there are plenty of humorous moments to keep you further engaged (Rosenberg losing the auction at the end was hysterical).
The other interview I want to spotlight is a must-read feature by Slava Pastuk for Noisey. It's entitled 'Fear And Trembling' and is an even more raw and insightful Glover bouncing from topics like more ideas behind Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, a terrible experience in Las Vegas trying to get his parents into his concert, the rap critics, and concluding on a question touching on how he feels like he's the "son of Kanye". I have always respected and resonated with Donald Glover and his music for his honesty and that's really illustrated in these interviews. Read this full feature here.
Because The Internet, Gambino's upcoming album, drops December 10th!
If you have a half an hour to let this run today, here's a nice new interview that goes a little deeper with Childish Gambino. That is to be expected with The Breakfast Club curating the conversation around his upcoming new album, Because The Internet and leaving Community and his acting/stand-up history and endeavors. The interview has some depth to it with Gambino explaining why he isn't a "rapper", why he doesn't want to make albums (I liked this) and why he's the "son of Kanye". He supports 'Ye's recent interviews and I support that parallel — Ye and Gambino are two of the most honest out (if not, the two most). Other topics include: Gambino perceiving a sneak diss from Lupe that caused the Twitter back and forth, more on the realness behind the Instagram notes, and a little bit on his upcoming show on FX and some TV politics. Great interview to put the icing on the cake of a new track from Gambino — "Worldstar" — linked below.
Earlier today saw the release of Childish Gambino's new single "3005" off the recently announced new album, Because The Internet. Gambino addressed the album's release date last week in the emotional letters he handwrote and posted on Instagram. He said he wanted it out in December, but the label felt it wasn't a holiday release and there was a clear butting of heads between the two parties. Today, it looks like Gambino got the W as it's said the album will see release December 10th via Glassnote Records.
If "3005" is indicative of what to expect, I think it'll be another strong project for Gambino — a hybrid of rapping and singing with the refreshing honesty, bluntness, and humor from the talented artist. Hear the single below (produced by Chicago's Stefan Ponce, Ludwig, & Gambino himself).
Over the weekend, Childish Gambino tweeted that his new album was done. Today, he reveals more details as he says the project is called Because The Internet and will drop "winter break". Accompanying the news is a 1.5 minute video teaser of a new track with Gambino under water during the visuals. Per usual, it's a candid Gambino talking about his unique real-life experiences (in this case, acting and rapping). The video (and presumably the track) is titled "Yaphet Kotto". I like the sound of it so far. And did anyone else hear a Chance-esque high pitch to punctuate a couple lines?
UPDATE: Gambino lets loose of the full track for free download. Enjoy!