Childish Gambino
EP


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chris Gibbons USER (3 Reviews)
March 12th, 2011 | 26 replies | 18,214 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another great addition to the catalog of one of the most talented people in basically every form of media nowadays, Donald Glover.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

If I had to name the person whose talent I am envious of the most, I'd most definitely have to pick Donald Glover. The name might not exactly be familiar to you, but you've probably most definitely seen some of his work. Maybe you would recognize him from his work from the extremely popular Youtube sketch comedy troupe Derrick Comedy. Or maybe you've heard seen some of the episodes of 30 Rock that he wrote. Others might have stumbled across his Comedy Central Presents when surfing the channels late at night. Though most people probably know him solely as "Troy" from "Community" on NBC. He also started a Twitter campaign to get him an audition to play Spider-Man in the new reboot of the franchise, and got the support of the likes of Stan Lee and Brian Michael Bendis.

So he's an actor, comedian, and writer. Plenty of people do that. If you check his blog, he talks about fashion, hot women, and music. That's exactly what Kanye does. What's the big deal? Then you get to Donald's music. He's been rapping for the past few years under the name "Childish Gambino." He released two mixtapes entitled "I AM JUST A RAPPER" in early 2010, then followed it with his album "Culdesac" later on in the year. On his music he shows his skills as a rapper, singer, and producer. He has very little input from others in his music. He's one of the biggest up-and-comers in the rap scene. Up there with Odd Future and Das Racist. "EP" is his latest work, a 20 minute EP with 5 new songs.

Donald's subject matter is generally very commonplace for rap. He raps about sex with hot girls, fashion, fame, money, blah, blah, blah. We've heard it all before. But it's not what he raps about it that makes me love his music, it's how he raps. He has some of the best one-liners that I've heard from a rapper in forever. In his songs he namedrops such things like Lil' B, Ariel Pink, Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow", and Jesse from "Saved by the Bell". In "Not Going Back", Donald writes an verse about attempting to write a verse for Rashida Jones (of "Parks & Recreation" and "The Social Network" fame). His raps are so diverse that you can tell he's in between worlds. He's a geek who makes the same music as gangsters. He addresses this in the first words he raps on the EP: "Hard for a Pitchfork, soft for a Roc-a-Fella". He knows he's not exactly what people imagine a rapper being, but he doesn't care. On "My Shine" he says, "*** 'rap cool'. I make cool rap."

This EP shows that Childish Gambino has grown musically in the past year. On his earlier releases, one of the main comparisons he got was that he sounded like Lil' Wayne. On this EP, he still has somewhat the same Weezy-like flow/voice, but he switches it up. His production has gotten better, though he still hasn't done anything that could really be considered a "banger". The only real downside of the album has to do with what he does best: lyrics. I went on earlier about how clever I found his lyrics, but some of the pop culture references might (and probably won't) stick in a few years. His songs are hot now, but will anybody know what the hell he's going on about if they listened to this in ten years? Will I still think that this is a 4/5? Or will it drop down to 3-3.5 territory? Or maybe even lower?

All in all though, "EP" is a fantastic release and is definitely worth every penny you pay for it (probably because it's free on his website, iamdonald.com).


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Urinetrouble
March 12th 2011



5754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

punctuate your reviews. talk more about the music and weinerz. bitches love weinerz
love this guy

mmfarva
March 12th 2011



1352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is another big step up for Donald. Great, great release.

rawrmonster
March 12th 2011



118 Comments


Damn i wish this was on itunes


Hep Kat
March 15th 2011



14993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"everythin' im sayin, i'm super saiyan like goku"


loooooooooove it, can't believe i missed this until now

Digging: Merchandise - After The End

CrackTheSkye
March 23rd 2011



726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

“I guess he good for a rapper who on a TV show”

Transient
March 28th 2011



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

e.e. cumming's on her face now that's poetry in motion

Casablanca
March 30th 2011



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is an awesome EP. Freaks and Geeks is my jam!

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2011



5968 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rawrmonster this shit is free on his website...

And Casablanca that's a dope dig you got nig

CrackTheSkye
April 4th 2011



726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More people need to hear this.

Hep Kat
April 4th 2011



14993 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^

Circa4life
April 5th 2011



289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That they do, I have been listening to this so much. Every song is damn good.

Scenegirlsdontbang
May 3rd 2011



106 Comments


Only heard Lights Turned On, fuckkkk that song is my jam for awhile

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
June 20th 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Gambino is a mastermind

gabethepiratesquid
August 31st 2011



4521 Comments


He should stick to being a producer and stop rapping forever. His beats are dope. Can't say the same for his...lyrics.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some of his lyrics are pretty funny

iFghtffyrdmns
August 31st 2011



7047 Comments


this dude's lame


BOOM

gabethepiratesquid
August 31st 2011



4521 Comments


His lyrics can be okay and he does have his "hey, cool" moments, but for the most part they're just trying to fit references in verses and making sure to rhyme at the end. No flow

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I kind of agree. My friends really really likes him and turned me on to Freaks and Geeksm which is his only really good song

gabethepiratesquid
August 31st 2011



4521 Comments


Nah, Do Ya Like and I'm On It from Cul de Sac are okay.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 31st 2011



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't bothered with cul-de-sac



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