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.
In an interesting two-part interview, Childish Gambino joins Tim Westwood and talks about the upcoming album, Because The Internet, (as you'd expect) and shares some positive comments on Kanye, Drake, and Future. He says Kanye is a dope artist and that Drake and Future are two of the best writers of our generation.
Glover also has some thoughts on not wanting to make albums (and music consumption in general), the progression of live shows, and even renting out Chris Bosh's mansion for a period of time that became the setting for Clapping For The Wrong Reasons.
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!
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.
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.
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!
We've all been there before, sometimes more than others. Childish Gambino pens his depature from Community and upcoming sophomore album in seven consecutive instagrams of his thoughts on hotel paper. Ranging from his fears from success to unplanned pregnancies, he gives us a glimpse into his inner struggles over the past year.
I think the second to last note card really connected with me. Its fall and its beautiful but sometimes the holidays get to me, but I cherish the new beginnings of the new year. I look forward to you next cd. Until then, Gambino's latest single will have to hold me over.
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(untitled song) from Gambino's sophmore album
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