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!
Oh how I wish I can tweet out a simple four word sentence and garner almost 10K retweets. Ha!
To up the seriousness of this post, I'm definitely excited for how Gambino follows up Camp. Enough time has passed between now and then to where I'm in high anticipation mode for new Childish music and to see its, and Glover's, evolution. If his masterful short film, Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, and his feature on Jhene Aiko's "Bed Peace" are any indication, we're in store for a deeper, reflective, and possibly more chilled out Childish Gambino. Whatever the case, I'm open to however the art is expressed because Gambino's one of the most raw, real, and blunt emcees out and that's why I've gravitated toward all his styles.
Keep it locked for what's the start of more Gambino news and music to come..! Roscoe's Wetsuit !?!
GRiZ released a new remix of "Heartbeat" — Childish Gambino's hit single from Camp. This caught my attention and delivered with a unique twist on the original. I like what GRiZ did on the hook, which will instantly stand it apart from other remixes as well. Hear above!
In another edition of ICYMI, the new release that I think takes the cake for the past couple of days is J. Cole's short film for "Crooked Smile". I was expecting to see TLC in the video, but J. Cole had a different approach. Instead, there were no performance scenes and he told the story of himself as a drug dealer and a DEA agent after him. They each love their respective daughters but things take a sad turn when the DEA agent and his team take down Cole's character. The video is in memory of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, which if you read her story, you'll see how she was the inspiration. I'm sure I'm amongst many who felt emotional after taking this one in and so if you haven't seen it yet, I highly suggest you do when in the right mood. Brilliant job by Cole and director Sheldon Candis.
This new track from Jhene Aiko featuring Childish Gambino is everything you'd expect it to be. "Bed Peace" is a track that should be at the start of every wake up playlist, especially for those with no desire to get out of bed.
Director's Cut of Donald Glover's short film 'Clapping For The Wrong Reasons' short film (24 min.)
Last night, Donald Glover released his short film, Clapping For The Wrong Reasons, of which he teased last week to my personal intrigue, amongst many others'. I unfortunately haven't found the time between then and now to sit with the film just yet, but I really want to give it its proper attention being a big fan of all of Glover's work on TV, as a writer, and of course as Childish Gambino. I'll update this when I do, however.
The short film has a variety of castmates including Danielle Fishel (best known as 90s crush Topanga from Boy Meets World), Flying Lotus, Trinidad James, Chicago's own Chance The Rapper, and porn star Abella Anderson. Emphasis on variety. As a supplement to the short film, check out this hilarious run-down, which Glover co-signed on Twitter, juxtaposing the pool party Glover throws in Clapping For The Wrong Reasons to the pool party Nelly throws in the 2004 video "My Place".
I got a chance to sit down with the short film today and first off... yes! I loved it. It reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie with of course a Childish Gambino twist. The way it was shot (one still camera with people walking in and out of the frame), the serious tone, the dry humor at times — it was all great. All the while, I was looking to figure out what was going on and maintaining patience that I would know by the very end.
My conclusion: Glover was portraying an exaggerated day in the life, having made it, hanging out with famous friends, and making music — but seemingly lost without a purpose for much of it. The day was more about finding about himself and the struggles of doing that. The title of Clapping For The Wrong Reasons could have multiple layers like his success and money not finding him true happiness and a commentary on society, juxtaposing themes like hard work vs. laziness and meaningless sex vs. deep conversations. It's almost as if Glover is a personification of those, bouncing from one side to the other throughout the film. The recursive ending (stay tuned through the end credits) gives the film an added perspective as well: it depicted one day, and then ending how it began indicates that the next day is quite the same, as I interpret that as Glover being caught in this abyss of happiness and emptiness. It's certainly a head-scratcher and there are some dark and open-ended scenes that are ambiguous enough for the viewer to draw their own conclusions. What's yours?
- "Then he's probably in the Northern Hemisphere somewhere." is how I'm going to respond to anyone who asks me where so and so is
- Chance The Rapper vs. Trinidad James in Connect 4 is right up there with Beyonce vs. Kanye. Fantastic!
- This verse that Gambino spits alongside Flying Lotus is pretty awesome. Would be an experience to hear this on a record down the line... I'll end on this...
Mouth to a Pellegrino, bottle color of envy, who the fuck is Gambino, I hand a waitress a benji to act like she never met me. I'm saying though, they want the game changed when your shit on the radio. Fruit was so hanging low, I didn't even bother, she tryna lad Obama's, she learned from her mama.
I don't blame her, I tame her, give her something to visualize
On my couch watching DVR'd "American Dad".
Man those new Celine bags are so to die for
I'm in that Porsche on Prozac, them suicide doors
Watch her walk as the death becomes her, cause Mrs. Tarantino kill bills, no wonder.
My heaven is the present, so maybe this is it.
Pray to God every night to make me believe he exists.
Drink a fifth of vodka, I don't need no sponsor,
heard a preacher holler, make him hold these souls.
Exciting news for Donald Glover/Childish Gambino fans that will offset any disappointment that Glover will be leaving Community after the fifth episode this upcoming season (sorry for breaking your heart if this is the first you're hearing of that news.)
Via Deadline, Donald Glover has signed a deal to write, produce, and star in 'Atlanta' — a music-themed half-hour comedy for FX that has the Atlanta music scene as its backdrop. Intrigued? Thought so. This sounds beyond promising for a fan of either Glover the comedian or Gambino the rapper (or both of course).
A new release from Childish Gambino today is in the form of a 50 second teaser for a film "Clapping For The Wrong Reasons". In just the teaser, we see Danielle Fishel (a.k.a. everyone's childhood crush a.k.a. Topanga) and Chi-Town's own Chance The Rapper. Above is apparently the "internet version" with the director's cut coming next week.
Also slated to star: Abella Anderson, Flying Lotus, and Trinidad James. Wow. The teaser above was dope and I'm now lookin' forward to this director's cut.
In another Gambino tidbit, many eyebrows were raised when he tweeted the following a few days ago on July 27th:
Out of context, that looks like a diss to Lupe, but it's in fact a witty joke that concluded a series of joking tweets from Lupe.
The Twitter handle for Lupe’s merch store posed the idea of Lupe and Glover collaborating on a project. “@LupeFiasco speaking of which, you guys should do something.. doesn’t have to be music either. @DonaldGlover.”
Lu responded, “Nah, I don’t work with blacks @lupefiascostore @DonaldGlover.”
Gambino, who appeared to be joking, talked “tough” in response. “Lupe fiasco a h– ass n—- And wen I see him I’ma smack him like da lil bitch he is.” The actor-rapper was quoting Chief Keef, who dissed Fiasco with that same response via Twitter last year.
Lupe cleared up the situation, tweeting, “Well that settles it…even wit a private twitter & obvious jokes I still somehow make headlines… #sideeyes @VibeMagazine @childishgambino.”
Ha! Reusing the Chief Keef tweet is hilarious. Good thing that's all in fun because Lupe & Gambino are two of my favorite rappers... and a collab between them would be somethin' I'd love to hear.
Not even a week after the official remix dropped with Wale, another official remix drops, now with a new production and a couple of verses from Childish Gambino. I dig this version the best, as Gambino puts down a couple quirky verses and the production on the outro is especially on point.