When I 1st heard Childish Gambino 16 months ago, I didn’t give him a chance. All I kept thinking was, this is the geeky guy from “Community”. I thought, I don’t want to listen to a nerd rap about whatever a nerd would rap about (that thought sounds dumb to me now). That was then, this is now. His new mixtape Royalty is flames! On this mixtape Gambino produces or co-produces 11 of the 20 tracks. His skills behind the boards have improved as have his skills on the mic.
Childish is a witty comedian, having written for “30 Rock” before he decided to pursue a rap career. His music is just as witty. No dumbing it down here. At some point you may think that Gambino is spittin’ the same ol’ same ol’ cliche content everyone else in the mainstream seems to be spittin’, materialism for example, rewind it and listen again. There is a something you can pick up from each song. There is a message throughout the mixtape. If you need to verify his credibility on the mic, check out the list of features on this mixtape: Nipsey Hussle, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Bun B, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown and Alley Boy. That is about as diverse a features lists as you can get! Childish Gambino is growing as an artist, this music cements him as an artist on the come up.
This is a highly recommended mixtape. A must listen for all Hip-Hop heads.
Standout Tracks: “Black Faces” featuring Nipsey Hussle, “Unnecessary” featuring “Schoolboy Q & Ab-Soul” “Toxic” featuring Danny Brown
What do you rate it? Dope or wack?