The five best Childish Gambino songs you might not knowBy Dylan Owens | April 29th, 2014 | 3 comments
Donald Gloverâ€™s rap project Childish Gambino is now two LPs old: first came the watery pop-rap debut, â€śCamp,â€ť and then the assertive existential follow-up, â€śBecause of the Internet.â€ť While itâ€™s so far not as satisfying as his comedy career has been, with â€śBecause of the Internet,â€ť Childish Gambino has evolved enough to be thought of as a serious endeavor in its own right.
Childish Gambino has also released a slew of mixtapes and singles between his two official releases. Most of the materialâ€”like his discography taken as a wholeâ€”is hit or miss, but there are some definite winners tucked away.
In anticipation of his show at the Fillmore tonight, we’ve highlighted the five best Childish Gambino songs from his non-LP releases. Still no luck on that secret track, though.
Aided by an acoustic beat variant of â€śAll of the Lights,â€ť borrowed from his stylistic patriarch Kanye West (who he politely name checks in the track), â€śBreakâ€ť has its share of the clever lines Gambino is equally hailed and dismissed for. A highlight, thanks to what must be one of only a couple Smurf-referencing lines in hip-hop: â€śCan I live up to all this hype they have for me? It’s hard to tell / But these girls I’m kissin’ chase the blues away like Gargamel.â€ť
4. “Shoulda Known”
â€śShoulda Knownâ€ť is one of Gambinoâ€™s many â€śreal talkâ€ť tracks. Over a twinkling synth and a simple beat, Gambino phases from a sincere R&B chorus to rapped verse, talking about the unsexy reality of his version of fame. Later, he switches out the sweetly sung chorus of â€śshoulda knownâ€ť for slant rhyme â€śshitted on,â€ť a comedy-writerâ€™s rapper diss if there ever was one.
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