By Jack Holmes
Oh, to be Donald Glover. Star of the cult TV show Community, he’s the creator and star of FX’s Atlanta which has just been renewed for a second season, he’s been cast as Lando Calrissian in next year’s Star Wars movie and that’s without even mentioning his musical accomplishments. Under the moniker “Childish Gambino”, Glover has released two LP’s including 2013’s hip-hop epic Because the Internet, and we’re now given our first listen to his follow up through new single Me and Your Mama.
After the album cover for his third LP Awaken, My Love! Was teased in the ninth episode of Atlanta, Glover has now released the first track from the album, and it’s a big one. At six minutes 20, we’re expecting this to either be the opening track from the album, or for Awaken, My Love! To feature a similar structure to Because the Internet, flowing from one track to the next seamlessly. It’s a bold move and incredibly difficult to pull off but Glover’s managed to do it in style once, so far we have no reason to believe he can’t do it a second time.
The track itself moves from soulful gospel tipped choruses to a blues funk inspired mid-section that’s almost bordering on hard rock. It’s intense and aims just as high as we’ve come to expect from the ridiculously talented Glover. If Awaken, My Love! Turns out to be a full album of content to this standard, it’s going to shake not just the rap game, but music scene as a whole.