childish gambino is everybody’s funkalicious baby daddy in new album “awaken, my love!”

December 2, 2016

Donald Glover is having an unbelievable year. With his FX networks show Atlanta speaking to and for Black millennials with unprecedented storytelling, many thought that that would be the only creative output the jack of all trades would have this year. But a few weeks ago, he dropped the first single ‘Me and Your Mama,’ from album “Awaken, My Love!” and we all new that our expectations of the star were humble at most. The new album is unlike anything we’ve heard from Glover’s music moniker Childish Gambino. With guttural moans, soaring falsetto, and psychedelic funk as the backdrop, Gambino is transforming into a funkalicious specimen of Blackness and musicality, and if you can’t tell, I’m here for it. Wholeheartedly invested in this evolution, which adds to the narrative of Black genius that Kendrick Lamar rekindled with To Pimp A Butterfly and that folks like Solange, Kelela, Moses Sumney, Anderson .Paak, KING, Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, and many more are doing every single day. Stream the full album below and make sure you thank the stars or whoever else you pray to for the funk we have so graciously received.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor