The Stars Align for Childish Gambino’s New Hit Single
Not only an artist, Donald Glover is a writer with chops and rhyming capabilities, not to mention a standup comedian. Jack of all trades, and likely master of some too, Glover has tried every different avenue down the path towards stardom. Or, perhaps he has just been letting his creativity flourish among his range of crafts. Either way, it could be safe to say the one thing that was missing over the years was timing.
His debut album, Camp, in which he began using the pseudonym “Childish Gambino” and worked with a Swedish composer by the name of Ludwig Goransson, carried a different style and tone than the later release Awaken My Love. The latter displays Childish Gambino’s funk inspired, melodic vocal capabilities. The theme of Awaken was one of intense romance with singles like “Redbone”, vastly distinct from the angsty attempts at aggression in “Bonfire”.
The world may not have been ready for what Childish Gambino had been expressing in the beginning, a sentiment which predecessors like Drake and Young Thug have since reigned into mainstream rap culture. Today, the ideas of awkwardness involving melodic MCs are more widely accepted than way back in 2011. The climate of society has made sweeping changes in just over 5 years.
The evidence of mutual growth is apparent when examining Childish’s lyrics and dance moves in the video “Freaks and Geeks” versus the new viral explosion “This is America”. Childish Gambino teams up with some of the most renowned rap artists, including Young Thug, for this new single. The timing is now perfect for Glover, as his music release synced up with his SNL appearance and the premier of the highly anticipated new Star Wars movie where he plays Lando Calrissian.