ALBUM REVIEW: Childish Gambino, Because The Internet
Upon release, Childish Gambino’s new album, Because The Internet, garnered mixed reviews recently, to say the least. Not that the rapper/comedian/writer/actor has ever gotten anything else. By penning a stage play to supplement the album, Bino has either daringly combined two mediums of expression or took yet another step towards saccharine pretension, depending on your point of view. Disclaimer: I haven’t made any effort to watch the stage play, and I probably won’t. This review isn’t about the merits of Childish Gambino’s combination of two mediums, it’s about the music.
Because The Internet doesn’t need a supplementary stage play. It stands just fine alone, despite its silly title. Not that you should expect any deep revelations from Childish Gambino’s tracks; they’ve never been about that. Honesty is the endearing aspect of Bino’s lyricism. His tracks center on blunt confessions about his life experience, no matter how insecure they sound. And this latest release conveys them better than any of the rapper’s prior releases.
Bino’s flow is faster and more precise than ever before, his singing eases into moving falsetto lines, and the production pushes to a blistering level of force on Because The Internet. All of these aspects make this collection of tracks the most consistent out of any the rapper has created. It includes hard-hitting trap beats, echoey heartbreaking ballads, and some lines that will stick with you long after your first listen, especially one about 3D printing a gun that may justify the entire album on “Zealots of Stockholm”. Childish Gambino’s sharpened skills make Because The Internet the best album he’s ever released. It’s a shame the stage play has become an excuse to judge it as his worst.
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