Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Amazing Donald Glover: Childish Gambino - "Centipede" (Glassnote Records)

Former Community cast member and aspiring funnyman Donald Glover released the first track in over a year under his Childish Gambino moniker Tuesday afternoon, "Centipede." It's a 6-minute brooding, epic track that flawlessly shifts between a cappella ballad, hard-hitting rhymefest, and bass-heavy street jam. While I was lucky enough to catch Gambino live at Starland Ballroom with Flatbush Zombies a couple years ago on the Camp concert tour (2011-12), he hasn't really put out much material since last year's ROYALTY mixtape. An uncharacteristically feature-heavy affair, Childish Gambino managed to recruit Danny Brown, RZA, Beck, Danielle HAIM, Bun B, Nipsey Hu$$el, Ghostface Killah, Chance The Rapper, and Tina Fey for ROYALTY's 18 tracks. But anyways... "Centipede" is without a doubt Donald Glover's return to form as Childish Gambino; Glover recently Facebooked, "Smaller role on Community = More time for music. Life is all about the trade-offs..." and will only appear on 5 of the show's upcoming 13 episodes. While the new track didn't come along with any sort of notification about an upcoming project, at almost any (or no) cost, new music is always a good sign!

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