Monday, October 14, 2013

Clapping for The Wrong Reasons: Childish Gambino - "Yaphet Kotto" (Freestyle)

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) hasn't really released much new material since unleashing last year's feature-heavy Camp follow-up mixtape, ROYALTY. But it sounds like the former Community star is planning to unveil what will likely be a new full-length mixtape [or album?], because the internet, "this winter break;" and if @DonaldGlover's Twitter feed is to be believed, it just might house collaborative tracks with buddies Kid Cudi, Flying Lotus, and Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), as well as his other recent web-single, "Centipede." because the internet's latest rumored inclusion, "Yaphet Kotto" (freestyle) was uploaded to Gambino's Soundcloud page roughly a week ago.

Preceded only by a Skylar-White-drowning-Breaking-Bad-like teaser trailer, "Yaphet Kotto" showcases Childish Gambino blatantly addressing his detractors: "Worst rapper to ever spit on an open mic / Worst rapper to ever get on so many likes / Worst rapper to ever blow up and over night." For those wondering, much like myself about 5-10 minutes ago, Yaphet Frederick Kotto is a 73-year-old African-American actor who's best known for his roles on NBC TV series Homicide: Life On The Street, Alien, Live and Let Die, The Running Man, and Midnight Runner opposite Robert De Niro, amongst countless others. It's unclear if/how because the internet will inter-mesh with Donald Glover's current film projects, recently released short film Clapping for The Wrong Reasons and an upcoming 1/2-hour comedy series tentatively titled "Atlanta," which is rumored to center around the city's thriving music scene(s). Clapping for The Wrong Reasons kinda seems more along the lines of a head-scratching art school film that somehow features cameo appearances from everyone from Chance The Rapper to Danielle Fishel (Topanga).

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