i managed to somehow pull myself away from beyonce’s grasp for two seconds to run to some other new music. i’ve been in quite a pickle because donald glover is the man of my dreams, but i could totes do without childish gambino. everything i love about donald, nerdy black kid but still a georgia goon, just didn’t mesh well for me as gambino. i’m assuming that he wanted me to love every piece of him because he dropped the soooper amazing album “because the internet”.
i love the internet almost more than i love my own mother, so the title had me interested. i listened, laughed, bopped, wept, body rolled, and then sent him some nudes on ig direct. yup, it was that good. rappers always have a hard time with creating a balanced album to grab both sexes, but i think cg did it seamlessly. the front end of the album is more rap heavy, but the hard beats melt into really melodic grooves as the songs end. “worldstar” is a production triumph with the sleek transition from trap drums to a”mo’ betta blues”-esque interlude. the bottom half is a lot of singing, but woahhhh, who knew this dude could sing? i heard some dave hollister riffs in “flight of the navigator” and basically fell out of my chair. childish gambino did drake better than drake (even snatching lloyd up on “oakland”) by making the girl songs singalongable (i just made that word up) even for the hardest dude.
speaking of features, gambino made sure that regardless of who was on the track with him, he was the star. my little brother in my head, chance the rapper was relegated to just a chorus. i pray a remix with a verse from him pops up for my christmas gift. azealia banks appears on “earth: the oldest computer” singing flawlessly as usually. i love her as a rapper, but she can outsing most of the r&b girls. jhene aiko was the closest to a duet this album had. i am still struggling to get into her, but she shines bright like a diamond on “pink toes”.
i already compiled my top 10 albums of 2013 list, but i would be a cornball if i didn’t at least give “because the internet” a shoutout for helping 2013 end in a major way. i now feel like laura winslow double timing with donald glover and childish gambino. #winning