Donald Glover continues to create his own lane with his new 1970s R&B-inspired Awaken, My Love! Soulful elements of George Clinton, Funkadelic, Tower of Power and The Isley Brothers can all be heard on the stunning project. Rapping is noticeably absent from the album, but the harmonization over twangy electric guitars, electric pianos and flutes on its 11 tracks provide a breathtaking and dream-like experience for the ages. Stream via Spotify below.
After Childish Gambino‘s FX series Atlanta recorded the biggest cable debut since 2013 , the rapper/actor/writer/director makes his return to music with the fantastically retro “Redbone.” Donald Glover strays away from the current landscape with outlandishly Funky production and no hint of rapping. Check for it on his Awaken, My Love! album on December 2. Listen to the cut and his other psychedelic single “Me and Your Mama” below.
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Did you know?…
330. Childish Gambino is a big fan of Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph.
329. Scott Storch co-produced “Hola Hovito” with Timbaland.1
328. Eminem owns the rare comic “Amazing Fantasy #15,” marking Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s first appearance.2
327. KRS-One is afraid of flying and took a four week boat trip when he visited Australia.3
326. Lupe Fiasco shot a gun for the first time at 4 years old.4
325. LL Cool J wrote a children’s book called And the Winner Is…5
324. Killer Mike’s Run the Jewels was highly influenced by Quentin Tarantino – especially his movie Reservoir Dogs.6
323. Ab-Soul visited Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as a kid.7
322. Tupac’s dying words were, “Fuck you,” in response to a Las Vegas police officer asking who shot him. 8
_______________________________________________________________________________ 321. Chris Rock came up with to hook to Jay Z’s “99 Problems.” 9
7. [Interview on All Out Show with Rude Jude & Lord Sear. Aired 6/23 on Shade 45.]↩
Unreleased track from Childish Gambino called “What Kind of Love.”
Did you know?…
220. Outkast wanted their stage name to originally be “2 Shades Deep” or “Misfits” before deciding on the phonetic spelling of synonym “outcast.” 1
219. Drake asked Kadir Nelson to do his Nothing Was the Same album cover artwork after admiring his paintings of Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye on the wall of LA studio Marvin’s Room.
218. Chance the Rapper’s “Everybody’s Something” is inspired by a bad LSD trip. “I was kind of having a meltdown. We started talking about health care, and then we got into individuality – like how everybody is alone.” 2
217. Jay Electronica had a shrink when he was 8 because he had delusions of grandeur. “It was always that I was just living unrealistic in my head,” he elaborates. 3
216. Devin the Dude used to be a security guard. “I’d get high and write rhymes at the job. With a gun on my side,” he says laughing. 4
215. Childish Gambino enjoys cooking and considers Osso bucco (veal shanks with vegetables) his best dish. His favorite part is the marrow. 5
214. Spike Jonze directed the video for the Notorious B.I.G’s “Sky’s the Limit” and Pharcyde’s “Drop.” 6
Notorious B.I.G. – “Sky’s the Limit”
Pharcyde – “Drop”
213. Action Bronson’s favorite track off of his Blue Chips 2 album is “Amadu Diablo.” 7
212. The unofficial video for Grandmaster Melle Mel’s “White Lines” video starred Lawrence Fishburne and was directed by then NYU Film student Spike Lee. 8
211. Future is the cousin of producer of Rico Wade from the Dungeon Family. 9
2. [Rolling Stone Magazine http://www.danhymanwrites.com/uploads/1/6/1/0/16109102/chance_the_rapper.pdf]↩