Donald Glover: he's serious about this rap thing

I know I’m not the only fan of NBC’s Community here, but what you may not know is that Donald Glover, who plays Troy and has written jokes for 30 Rock, also raps under the name Childish Gambino.  He’s recently released a full-length album, Culdesac, which you can download along with his two EP’s, I Am Just a Rapper, Vol.’s 1 & 2, from his blog.  For free.

Culdesac has high-quality production, but what makes the EPs sort of different and fun is that he’s rapping over uncut indie songs for the most part.

So, following up on Greg’s Sleigh Bells post, here’s Childish Gambino’s “New Prince”:

Childish Gambino, “New Prince” (Crown On the Ground)

and here’s a track from Culdsac:

Childish Gambino, “Hero”

and here’s a funny skit from Derrick Comedy:

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2 Responses to Donald Glover: he's serious about this rap thing

  1. David G says:

    I like “New Prince”: it makes me reconsider that Sleigh Bells track. Some great lines, but his flow is a little rough. On “New Prince” he starts out strong, the but around the two minute mark… ugh. Sloppy. I love the way the “I’m the prince” fits around the “crown on the ground” callback, though.

    The other track… well. Let’s keep him on Community.

  2. Agreed. I just like how he raps right over top of songs on those two EPs. As for the second track, it was really the only one I could consider posting. The others were either way too emo and honest (a la Drake) or way too cliched with the rap misogyny.

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