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Childish Gambino – “Me and Your Mama”

I’m not a diehard Childish Gambino fan.  In fact, I’ll fess up and admit right now that I’ve never even listened to any of his hip-hop albums.  It’s a problem.  I’m working on it.  But in the meanwhile, I have heard his funk/soul album “Awaken, My Love!”, and it’s one of my favorite albums of the decade – so much so, that trying to choose between “Redbone”, “California”, “Riot”, “Stand Tall” (should I just name the entire tracklist?) was pretty problematic.  At the end of the day, we might see another track or two from this modern day classic sneak onto my decade list, but for now I have to roll with the cut that got me into Childish Gambino to begin with – the sprawling, neo-soul/funk/jazz highlight reel that is “Me and Your Mama.”

Every single time I so much as hear the chimes in the opening seconds, I have to listen to this song in its entirety.  The way those proggy riffs come in moments later reminds me of Jimi Hendrix, maybe even King Crimson.  In Donald Glover’s voice, I hear Prince with a little D’Angelo sprinkled in those falsetto cuts.  Glover wears his influences on his sleeve here, but the way he fuses everything so seamlessly and modernizes it makes it fashionably derivative if anything; and I’d like to think said influences would be proud of this particular piece.  “Me and Your Mama” is a songwriting masterclass, and an example of how to live up to those who inspire your work.

Read more from this decade at my homepage for Sowing’s Songs of the Decade.





SowingSeason
03.29.19
Definitely up there as one of my favorite songs (and albums) of the decade.

Slex
03.29.19
God yes I love this song so so much, his best

SowingSeason
03.29.19
Agreed; although I was sooo close to selecting Redbone instead

I'm glad I went with this though; Redbone may be catchier but this is just a better song in terms of composition and artistic reach

Sinternet
03.29.19
how many are you planning on doing in this series

SowingSeason
03.29.19
Honestly I'm hoping to hit 100 by the end of the year. I started rather slow so now I'm playing catch up to hit 25 by the end of Q1 (March 31st). Moving forward my goal will be closer to 25 every 3 months, as to hit my mark by the end of the decade. Of course, that may or may not happen if real life gets busy. If I have to settle for a lower benchmark like 75 or 50, I will.

JesusCage
03.29.19
Same exact relationship with Childish Gambino here. This album is awesome.
Personally, I would have picked Redbone, but great tune nonetheless.


furpa
03.29.19
KNOCKIN IT OUTTA THE PARK SOWING god damn. Fucking love this one too.

SowingSeason
03.29.19
lol thanks furpa, hopefully by the time I reach the end of the list the selections will be just as strong!

neekafat
03.29.19
good pick, song is fantasticccc

Rowan5215
03.29.19
love this song n all but it's pretty derivative of its influences, as is the whole album which means I tend to overlook it compared to Because the Internet's really unique approach to its genre

SowingSeason
03.29.19
yeah, I addressed that it definitely wears its influences, but I think this is one of those instances where it actually lives up to the art that inspired it (speaking on both the song and album, as I feel it's true either way)

Rowan5215
03.29.19
yeah that's not even really a knock against this album (Stand Tall was one of my favourite songs that year) as it is amazement about how crazy good BTI still is to me

SowingSeason
03.29.19
ah, gotacha...I still need to get into his old stuff, although I suspect it won't live up to this for me personally

Gyromania
03.31.19
ooh i missed the stand and deliver post. list is looking pretty good, expected a lot of these artists but not the song choices.

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