BY GRETCHEN GREEAR
Donald Glover, stage name Childish Gambino, has emerged on the rap scene over the past three years and has quickly become one of my favorite artists. “Because the Internet,” which came out in December,is Gambino’s second studio album; he also dropped an EP in 2011. This album features Jhene Aiko, Chance the Rapper and Azelia Banks, also among some of my favorite artists. I’m so in love with this album and can’t say enough good things about Gambino as a recording artist.
What attracts me to Gambino’s music, especially on this album, is how unique he is in his rhyming ability. Of course, he is a rapper so his lyrics aren’t exactly clean, but the way he puts a song together is , to me, pure genius. His beats are another aspect to his music that I find so appealing—it isn’t like the mainstream rap that you hear on the radio. My favorite tracks on this album are “3005,” “Zealots in Stockholm,” “Telegraph Ave”and “Crawl.”My only ONLY complaint about “Because the Internet” is that some of the songs somewhat sound like one another. It’s not entirely noticeable, but when you’ve been listening to all of the songs on repeat for two weeks you tend to notice these things.
If you’re not familiar with Childish Gambino, you might be familiar with Donald Glover, as he was a writer for “30 Rock” and plays Troy Barnes on the NBC show “Community.”Whether it’s acting, writing or performing, Childish Gambino can do no wrong. Check out “Because the Internet”if you haven’t already. I promise you won’t be disappointed.