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The Album Arena: Donald Glover is anything but childish

Spencer McCoy
Staff Writer
smccoy@lhup.edu

February 27, 2013

Childish Gambino shows that he’s not such a child as his name may suggest with his new album “Because the Internet.” Donald Glover released “Because the Internet” December of 2013.

After just getting around to listening to the album all the way through, I realized I should have been listening to it a few months ago. I was missing out on such an incredible piece of work.

The album was separated into five sections that were clearly distinguished with the use of Roman numerals. I don’t know why Gambino decided to set up his album this way, but it works in his favor. However it’s not an album that you would just want to listen to straight through. Each song takes just as much lyrical analyzing as the last one.

Like most rap music, there are songs that become incredibly more popular than the others. Luckily Gambino is not like other rappers. His ability to rap to any beat was made clear with “II. No exit.,” one of the most unusual songs on the album in my opinion. The album has a total of 19 songs and each one is unique.

Childish Gambino is like most, he likes his bass turned up and he likes it turned up as loud as it can go. Each song has a great drum and bass line and a bass level that has the ability to blow out subwoofers. Which like all rap music is the only way to listen to it.

If you haven’t listened to this album yet, than I would strongly suggest listening to it. There are some songs that are passable at best but most of the tracks seem to hold the album together well. Many of the songs grow on you. If you don’t like them at first I would suggest taking a second look and try to realize that its not the most traditional style of rap music many of us are used to.

I would give the album a 7/10 because most of the songs were thought out and well rounded, but some fell short of being great.

Hear Childish Gambino’s “3005” here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG35R8F2j8k 

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