Donald Glover is a jack of all trades. He is an actor, comedian, writer and rapper. He is best known for his role as Troy Barnes in the hit television comedy “Community”. When Glover takes the stage as a rapper, he goes by the name Childish Gambino. Gambino has released his second album, Because the Internet, on Dec. 10, 2013. For the most part, this album has received positive feedback and reviews, but I have mixed feeling about it.
When it comes to songs and parts of the album I do not like, I’ve come up with a fairly long list. I won’t go into great detail, but here’s a heads up, the third track on this album, “II. Worldstar,” is just weird. It shifts back-and-forth between beats too much to keep track of and it contains parse sporadic sounds. I had to really focus to pick up the pattern, and that’s usually a bad sign. In one confusing verse the lyrics say, “put ‘shrooms in my roommate’s coffee and got more likes than a white girl talking.” Who knows what to make of that? “I. The Worst Guys” is the fifth track, on Because the Internet, is similar to the third track. It sounds like nothing more than noise, to me. The way this song opens made me glare at my computer, as if the noise was the computer’s fault. The songs on this album are also split into different parts. To me, this is unnecessary. Isn’t that what EPs are for?
However, despite some setbacks, Because the Internet shines through here and there. “I. Crawl,” the album’s second track, has a great build-up. It leads the listener to female vocals that run in the chorus. The remaining verses are Childish Gambino’s flows and rhymes that emphasize his talent. “III. Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auernheimer),” the final track on the album, is slow and steady, which suits the lyrics. This song is deep and the lyrics are sad, but, the song is put together so well that the dark tone doesn’t even matter.
Because the Internet is something you will just have to check out yourself. I don’t want to try to persuade you one way or the other, because I’m still on the fence about this. My suggestion is you stream the entire album, all 19 tracks, before you make a purchase. This album is explicit, so don’t let your kid listen to this just because they like Community.
By Vera Coleman