MUSIC WORLD: I Don’t Hate Childish Gambino Anymore: A Love Story

Something strange happened this week. I became a subtle fan of Childish Gambino. But I reaallllllyyy wanted to hate him. Why? I’m not sure. Is it because his name is courtesy of Wu-Tang’s name generator? Is it because he’s was a writer for 30 Rock before he was a rapper? I’m not sure my apprehension. Maybe I question his authenticity. But with rappers proving you don’t have to be directly of the streets to represent hip-hop (Chance the Rapper, Macklemore,  J. Cole), it’s time to broaden my horizons. So I present to you, my love story.

Childish Gambino (real name Donald Glover, no relationship to Danny Glover) has been on a mini promo tour stopping at The Breakfast Club & Sway in the Morning in addition to dropping two new songs this week. He has a strong indie fan base that ensure he sells out shows in NYC every time he graces a stage. He’s released a number of mixtapes and albums himself then he signed a label deal. But I still wanted to hate him. Childish Gambino is as much a comic as he is a rapper. Dave Chappelle once proclaimed that all rappers want to be comedians and all comedians want to be a rapper. And Danny Glover is both. So I still wanted to hate him. Chance the Rapper included him on one of my favorite tracks from  Acid Rap, “Favorite Song.” Then Childish Gambino appeared on Jhene Aiko‘s single “Bed Peace.” I still wanted to hate him.

Outside of my slight obsession with Jhene, I wasn’t the biggest fan of his inclusion on this song. So I still wasn’t feeling him. Then this week happened. Childish Gambino dropped “3005” and I was intrigued. He stopped by The Breakfast Club and provided a view into his personality. I developed a slight cyber crush. Then he dropped another track, “Worldstar” and  performed a REAL freestyle to “Pound Cake” on Sway in the Morning. Listen to each of these below and decide if you still hate him.

He’s introspective and clever. Funny, yet not a joke. He knows how to capture your interest, but it’s not a gimmick. And it helps his “Pound Cake” freestyle was one of the best ones I’ve heard. There’s something about this guy that makes me want to hear more. I’m definitely going back to listen to his previous work. And his second studio album, Because the Internet, drops December 10, 2013.  Kudos to you Childish Gambino, I don’t hate you anymore.


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Posted on October 25, 2013, in music and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. i think i tried to put you on childish gambino over a year ago but i dont know if you listened or not, buddy is nice. fugs with him for majority of the same reasons you listed. you dont have to be from the streets to be dope and dude is defintely that. i dont really like his two new songs you love so much though, i been listening to him for a few years so im bout to put you on right quick

    this Royality mixtape is his best work to date for me from start to finish:

    and this one tight too:

    ^on this mixtape check out that Do Ya Like track he got that he sampled of adele that was the first track i heard of buddy

  2. oh yea “the last” track is real you will like that alot, it basically explains everything about him you need to know

    • I’ve gone back and listened and you’re right, he was even cold then! If nothing else, I’m just interested to see what he even has to say! I like his ideas and the way he presents them.

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