Thanks must be given to Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) for presenting the world of rap with a new direction. In the age of blog rap, where nerds with college degrees are some of rap’s biggest stars, Glover’s career as a writer on 30 Rock and close association with Tina Fey make him one of the nerdiest by proxy. Fey actually makes a brief appearance on Childish Gambino‘s newest album R O Y A L T Y, which is a shame because if anyone has the pull to get Tracy Morgan on their album, it’s Donald Glover.
Despite that clear shortcoming, R O Y A L T Y has some big associated names like RZA, Ghostface, Beck, and Nipsey Hussle and is packed with Gambino‘s trademark nimble lyricism. But it serves more as a forum to display his production chops as Gambino snags producing credit on 11 of the 18 tracks on R O Y A L T Y. Gambino‘s ear is especially sharp on “R.I.P. (feat. Bun B)” where he chops it up on Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx‘s electro-masterpiece “Nightcall.”
Childish Gambino :: R.I.P. (feat. Bun B)
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Childish Gambino is on point with his lyrical delivery on “R.I.P.” as he calls out just about everyone who has decided to give him the “smiley glad-hand” approach and then turn to throw daggers in his back; “N**gas who wasn’t feelin’ me secretly want a handout.” Gambino enlists the help from “A-List” hip-hop stars throughout R O Y A L T Y and “R.I.P.” is no exception with the addition to Bun B to the track. The fluidity from each MC serve as a perfect companion to Lovefoxx‘s haunting vocal line.
Childish Gambino is one of the top dogs in the hip-hop world and he doesn’t seem ready to give that position up yet, “They’re talking about you boy, but you’re still the same.” Keep spittin’ fire Mr. Glover, and we will continue to burn blunts at the altar.
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