Depressed, angry and brilliant.
Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover the former star of hit NBC show Community, has released his first album since the hit-and-miss 2011 release Camp.
Since then Gambino’s name has risen in both the television and music industries including performances at both Coachella and Lollapalooza in 2012. But, despite his success and newfound fame, Gambino has found himself in a dark time in his life.
Because The Internet demonstrates how an artist can be depressed and make beautiful music. The production value of his beats has vastly improved from Camp and sound more professional. The lyrics are far more meaningful as well.
The hit of the album is certainly “3005” but other songs such as “The Worst Guys (feat. Chance the Rapper)” and “Pink Toes (feat. Jhene Aiko)” also provide the listener with plenty of reasons to hit replay.
The most interesting aspect of Gambino’s reoccurring message is how his relationship with singer Jhene Aiko helps him overcome this dark part of his life. “Pink Toes” perfectly shows the couples chemistry as Aiko provides a sung verse to accompany Gambino’s rapping.
Overall, this album is simply too good to be written off in this year’s album of the year discussions as Gambino pours his heart and soul into a piece of art.
Childish Gambino’s Because The Internet will be released tomorrow, Dec. 10th.
He has also released a multi-media script containing songs from the album that can be found at http://www.becausetheinter.net/