Stone Mountain, George born actor, writer, comedian, singer, and rapper, Childish Gambino, recently released his third studio album - Awaken, My Love! This new album is wildly different from the ones that came before it which has caused a lot of listeners to have mixed feelings about it. Overall, the album has a funk, soul vibe and Childish Gambino's level of experimentation on the project should be commended and not shunned. There are plenty of artists today that experiment with their sound with little success but in my opinion I think experimentation was executed the right way with this album.
In all honesty, it took me a little while to accept Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino as a rapper/artist. I saw him in interviews and on stage doing comedy and the dude seemed a bit corny. It made me wonder, what could possibly know about the rap game or music in general? Boy, was I mistaken! The fact of the matter is that Donald Glover is crazy talented. He's like one of those freak athletes we all envy that can dominate in 3 different sports. The dude is killin' with his hit series, Atlanta, showing his versatility and vocal range with this album, and who the hell knows what else he has up his sleeves. Whatever he has on deck, I'm definitely tuned in.
I don't mean to sound like a broken record but the experimentation on Awaken, My Love! helps Childish Gambino's project stand out from others that have been released this year. Unlike his previous projects, there is very little, if any, rapping on this album. Instead, Childish Gambino decides to show us what his voice can do. His vocal range and pitches on many of the songs sound like he used a voice machine but in a recent interview he claimed he did not. I'll take the man's word for it. I'm not trying to compare this with one of my favorite albums of all-time, The Love Below by Andre 3000, but this album by Childish is on that level of different for 2016. And how I embraced The Love Below in 2003 I'm embracing this project as well. It might not be embraced the same but it's still embraced lol.
If you haven't had the chance to listen to Awaken, My Love!, I'd highly suggest you do. You can stream it now on Spotify or purchase the album from iTunes. Below are a few of my favorite tracks. Give them a listen!
Write-up by Johnny T.
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