Donald Glover was Arsenio's guest last night and he took to his couch to premiere the newest track off Because The Internet called "Shadows". He recites the first verse right next to Arsenio, not moving from his interview below until halfway through the song where he joins the band. I like the sentiment towards a new breakup and the plea to talk with her again that becomes the theme of the song. The breakdown at the end was of high contrast to the rest of the song and I was honestly lukewarm on that. I think the studio version and more listens may make me come around fully though. Another nice track overall as this album is shaping up to be one I'll be buying on December 10th with the quality of these previews.
Alas, here's the interview with Arsenio as Glover talks about the Instagram notes, elaborating on a couple lines Arsenio asks him about (like the Tyrese one), why he's leaving Community, and what he wants in the future (totally agree with him on coding and 3D Printing...) Enjoy!
Childish Gambino adds a fresh verse to the already fresh "Relations", Kenna's single produced by Chad Hugo. This is the official remix with a music video on the way. Love all parties involved on this one — their sounds mix effortlessly.
I just bought Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide and it's real smooth. Cop that as well!
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.
Some speculation surrounds this new Childish Gambino track tonight, and it all stems from how he released it — via Twitter with the message "here @JheneAiko".
"Someone here gave all my love baby" is the cryptic hook on repeat and it may indicate Donald's true feelings for the hotly-rumored to be dating Jhene (although Gambino said recently with Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds that they're not dating).
Also, there is a fair amount of empty space; specifically once the instrumental (brilliantly) kicks up a notch after the first repetition of hooks. I'm also diggin' the influx of energy shortly after the three minute mark. h/t to the hometown producer Stefan Ponce. Whether it's finished or not, this version is already a wonderful record and if it is bolstered by singing from Aiko or rapping from Gambino or somebody else, then I'm all for that. Oddly enough, I'm all for this just being the version. Give it a listen/download above.
In the new episode of the Life + Times' "The Truth with Elliott Wilson", we find out the creative process from Jhene Aiko on her two most recent collabs: Drake's "From Time" on NWTS and her record/video with Childish Gambino "Bed Peace". The former's hook stems from something personal from Aiko, while the latter draws on her liking to the John Lennon / Yoko Ono relationship and what they stood for. It's cool to hear the details of how those records originated and then were worked on with the respective artists. Plus, Aiko drops some general life gems about not believing in setbacks and that everything is all a part of the journey. #Salute to that!
Jhene Aiko's Sail Out EP drops next Tuesday, November 12th.
One more Gambinotidbit today — and this one's about the upcoming music, namely a collab with Kid Cudi! Glover confirms that the two are working together after releasing this hypnotic GIF of them vibing out recently. Will it make Because The Internet? That's remained to be seen. Glover says he's not looking to rush a collab just to have "so-and-so" on the album. It's got to fit the story of what he's trying to convey, to paraphrase.
A couple last notes from this interview with Shade45 above are that he's still putting final, last-minute touches on the album and he gets asked about the not-much yet known about acting project Reawakening. This is a quick 1.5 minute watch so press play and if you have more time, hit the link below for a couple more must-see interviews with Donald Glover.