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Pop - Released March 22, 2020 | Wolf+Rothstein - RCA Records

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He has been everywhere these last two years: on TV in Atlanta or Saturday Night Live, in cinemas with Star Wars, and on all the radio shows with his latest global hits Feels Like Summer or This Is America, and his superb video denouncing racism and violence in the country. After a period of confinement, Donald Glover came back without warning, uploading his fourth album, soberly titled 3.15.20. The track listing is just as detached, with tracks composed of numbers indicating the length of time since the beginning of the record, with the exception of Algorhythm, a cranky industrial P-funk that launches the album after a psychedelic prologue, and Time, with a very discreet Ariana Grande (Feels like Summer also returns under the title 42.26). Assisted in production by the faithful Ludwig Goransson and DJ Dahi (Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples...), Childish Gambino revisits black music with a twist (53.49) and pushes it to its limits, mixing rap, rave and industrial on 32.22 or on the eight minutes of 24.19, somewhere between Prince and Bohemian Rhapsody. These sonic and cultural collisions create great moments, such as the synthetic pop song of the future 19.10 or 12.38 with 21 Savage and Khadja Bonet, the climax of an album that still has the power to upset the applecart. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Soul - Released December 2, 2016 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 10, 2013 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 6, 2018 | Wolf+Rothstein - RCA Records

Okay it’s Childish Gambino! Stay Calm! During his appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he hosted and was the musical guest, Mr. Donald Glover, alias Childish Gambino, debuted two new tracks off a soon to be released album. The two tracks titled This is America and Saturday are a sneak peak for what’s to come and oh baby we can not wait! This Is America was released with a video directed by Hiro Murai, Glovers long time creative partner on previous music videos and on his award winning comedy series Atlanta. The track coupled with the imagery sees the Atlanta artist in a new light, one in which we are yet to see him. He is addressing recent events and current issues that divide and cripple the USA; gun violence, mass shootings, racism. And it’s a welcomed change for Gambino, as it seems he has moved away from themes of sex, fame and growing up on his early records Kauai, because the internet, Camp, as well as the critically acclaimed soul/funk infused Awaken, My Love!. But now we see him tackling this social juggernaut that he handles with such character and brilliance, both musically and visually.The video is truly thought provoking as we see Glover marching around a warehouse topless, as he shoots a man in the head, dances with some school children, and even mows down an entire choir with an automatic rifle. Sounds pretty shocking right? Additionally, his nonchalance when jumping from jolly dancing to murder seems like a strong narrative on how senseless and emotionless America has become when it comes to gun violence. And it all soon becomes evident that he himself is a mere distraction from the chaos that is occuring in the background (we recommend you re-watch it and see for yourself). It is as if the song holds even more significance and importance with recent events, as we have Kanye West taking on an entirely different approach to try and bring about change, with twitter rants, TMZ appearances and incoherent ramblings that have left society baffled and stunned. This thoughtless output isn’t undertaken by Gambino, who has shifted effortlessly into a voice for transforming our society.It is a credit to the man hailing from Atlanta, as he quite literally does it all. Having graduated from NYU, he started off as a comedy writer for the TV series 30 Rock, moved into acting on the hit show Community, jumped ship to stand up comedy, became an award winning creator of Atlanta, a TV series in which he also stars, and finally as Childish Gambino, he’s a Grammy winning artist. Oh and did we mention he’s starring in the latest Star Wars spin off Solo: A Star Wars Story. There is nothing this man can’t do and it is why his take on America’s political and social climate holds so much weight. It’s a message that has class, quality and all in a time where we really need a coherent voice. The upcoming LP, which is set to be his last as Childish Gambino, cannot come soon enough and although previously he has told us to “Stay Woke”, now we need to face up to the America of today and fight for change. © Aidan Nickerson/ Qobuz 
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Soul - Released December 2, 2016 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Over the course of a backpack's worth of mixtapes and a couple of albums that won him commercial success, if not critical acclaim, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) staked a claim as one of the brainiest, weirdest, and most inventive rappers around. His 2015 EP Kauai widened his approach a bit, with Glover doing more singing than rapping in a hazy modern R&B style, showing off a voice so smooth that it's almost unfair that one guy can have so much going for him. While working on his new TV series, Atlanta, Glover and his longtime sidekick Ludwig Göransson seem to have had some kind of musical awakening brought on by late-'60s dipped-in-psychedelia soul and early-'70s earthy funk. "Awaken, My Love!" has fuzz guitars, vintage synths of all kinds, burbling organs, grimy basslines, and masses of backing vocals adorning the songs; the influence of Sly Stone and George Clinton's various groups is strong, and Glover doesn't rap at all. He does use his voice like an acrobat, though, sometimes crooning sweetly, other times screaming like a demon. He doesn't have a classic soul singer's voice, but what he does have is personality and it comes through loud and clear, even through the murkiest moments of nasty funk. Glover and Göransson construct the album like a soundtrack to a nostalgic trip, hitting all the sweet spots of that magic moment when funk and soul got truly odd and inspiring. Tripped-out ballads like "Me and Your Mama" and "Terrified" bump up against massive jams like "Riot" and "Boogieman," and totally oddball moments like "California" match up well with heartfelt songs about fatherhood ("The Night Me and Your Mama Met," "Stand Tall"), which give the album its heart. Empowering pop-soul songs ("Have Some Love"), gloomy tales of the entertainment biz ("Zombies"), late-night detours into true love ("Redbone") -- everything Glover tries comes off just right and every note on every song is perfectly placed. Göransson and the tight crew of musicians must all be dedicated students of the era's sounds, and they play with controlled passion and fire. It's not an academic exercise by any means, though. The songs are all as memorable as Bootsy Collins' star-shaped sunglasses, and Glover's vocal gymnastics and impassioned delivery vault things past into more rarified air. It's true that the album owes a deep debt to the sounds that inspired it, but there are times when the music, voices, and words come together to make something that sounds owned by Childish Gambino alone. It's a departure, an update of the past, a statement of artistic intent from one of the true polymaths of the millennial era, but above all, "Awaken, My Love" is a stone-cold blast from beginning to end. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 15, 2011 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 3, 2014 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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As Imagine Dragons would say, "welcome to the new age," as Kauai is a benefit EP (money going to Hawaiian eco-preservation) that, when combined with the free STN MTN mixtape, forms a concept mixtape plus EP for a package that continues the story found on Gambino's 2013 album, Because the Internet. Complain that that's convoluted, or better yet, accept that distribution channels now allow for ambitious experiments such as this, because this is an attractive R&B-based EP where Gambino's character offers a smooth crooning appendix that's post-relationship, post-trust-in-the-world, and maybe even post-hip-hop. "Now that it's over, I"ll never be sober" goes the opener with a slow, nostalgic roll underneath, sounding as if the rapper joined the DeBarge family, while "The Palisades" is a calm-and-cool cut with guitars strumming and harmonies bumpin' while the genre of yacht-hop is further explored. Tack this on the mixtape, which was tacked onto the album, and this is an opus worth crowing about, but Kauai on its own is a weird and warm example of Gambino in a casual mode, strolling through pop music as if it ain't nuthin' and yet turning out memorable numbers that come in handy any time the ego swells while the world outside betrays. Snarky and hopeful play well together here, plus Jaden Smith surprises with his stern spoken word during "Late Night in Kauai." © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 10, 2013 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 15, 2011 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Dance - Released February 14, 2012 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 3, 2014 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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As Imagine Dragons would say, "welcome to the new age," as Kauai is a benefit EP (money going to Hawaiian eco-preservation) that, when combined with the free STN MTN mixtape, forms a concept mixtape plus EP for a package that continues the story found on Gambino's 2013 album, Because the Internet. Complain that that's convoluted, or better yet, accept that distribution channels now allow for ambitious experiments such as this, because this is an attractive R&B-based EP where Gambino's character offers a smooth crooning appendix that's post-relationship, post-trust-in-the-world, and maybe even post-hip-hop. "Now that it's over, I"ll never be sober" goes the opener with a slow, nostalgic roll underneath, sounding as if the rapper joined the DeBarge family, while "The Palisades" is a calm-and-cool cut with guitars strumming and harmonies bumpin' while the genre of yacht-hop is further explored. Tack this on the mixtape, which was tacked onto the album, and this is an opus worth crowing about, but Kauai on its own is a weird and warm example of Gambino in a casual mode, strolling through pop music as if it ain't nuthin' and yet turning out memorable numbers that come in handy any time the ego swells while the world outside betrays. Snarky and hopeful play well together here, plus Jaden Smith surprises with his stern spoken word during "Late Night in Kauai." © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2011 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 6, 2018 | Wolf+Rothstein - RCA Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 3, 2014 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 1, 2014 | Glassnote Entertainment Group LLC

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