Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 63

Thread: Childish Gambino

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,887

    Default Childish Gambino

    ok this guy might not be cool - and in fact i couldn't find anything else good by him (which was a very weird experience - everything else seems "indie")

    BUT - believe the hype - this is pretty amazing. just the fact that he's not wearing a shirt - makes him look a bit fat and somehow like a seventies funk idol is great


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,887

    Default

    schizophonic

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    5,744

    Default

    There's a good article about him in a recent New Yorker. He seems like an interesting character.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.n...t-save-you/amp

    This is America video is pretty brilliant. It's an interesting case of the song being indivisible from the video, because without the video the song doesn't really get the message across.

    But what's the message?

    He has 21 Savage and Young Thug doing adlibs for the song, which is intriguing, too - if you read the New Yorker article, he isn't dismissive of trap music at all, which is sort of how this video might be read - a nerd rapper taking the piss out of Migos et al.

    OTOH maybe the way to read it is that the uplifting gospel music doesn't reflect the violent reality of being black in America like trap does. Or as you refer to Woebot maybe it's both - the schizophrenic experience of being black in America today.

    I was reminded of Danny Brown's Lie 4, which satirises materialist rap, only that's a better song.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,887

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    This is America video is pretty brilliant. It's an interesting case of the song being indivisible from the video, because without the video the song doesn't really get the message across.
    absolutely. it's not simply a song. it's a video. but [in fairness] it is kinda there in the sonics too no?

    what's the message? well it definitely reminded me of my recent experiences in america. that hair trigger divide between "sunny normality" and - (without the quotation marks) - the viciously bleak. and captures the paranoia. segregation of realities.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    5,744

    Default

    As mad as Kanye's gone lately, ppl saying Donald Glover is the genius Kanye wishes he was is a bit rich cos I can't imagine Childish Gambino existing without Kanye's precedent.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    2,258

    Default

    It's really bad.

    I mean it works if you have a disregard for the actual value of the rappers he uses as props and signifiers, and it works if it appeals to your sense of moral righteousness against racism and the subjugation of black people for the purposes of media and the objectification of observance and what have you but you can just draw those conclusions without explication sometimes.

    It's a very bad song. It embarasses me to see people lavish him with attention considering 6 years ago he was a juvenile monger of rape jokes. Not in the Tyler, The Creator "I'm really into serial killer perspectives" way but just really crude misogyny for the sake of saying wacky shit and an exaggerated "GETTIT GETTIT?" defense shield, only for him to revamp himself because of an entertaining show and a hokey Funkadelic rip-off album last year.

    https://www.spin.com/2018/05/donald-...merica-review/

    This was really good by comparison.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    The Fear - Dublin
    Posts
    7,066

    Default

    Regardless of Gloverís intended statements in his video, it does what a lot of celebrated black art is doing: portraying violence against black people as entertainment for white people.
    Hmm... so its like a rap/race Cannibal Holocaust?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    153

    Default

    His show on FX, Atlanta, is great, but I've never been too fussed about his music. That Redbone tune where he played about with Bootsy Collins was pretty catchy, but other than that he doesn't do much for me as a musician. The vid for This is America is pretty good, but the song itself isn't anything special.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    5,744

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    5,744

    Default

    Struggling to find the XXXtentacion video where he lunches a little white boy. Presume it's been expunged.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,263

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    He has 21 Savage and Young Thug doing adlibs for the song, which is intriguing, too.
    .

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,263

    Default

    crowley's human gabba.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,263

    Default

    ironically enough, crowley's post is in keeping with the aesthetic of the whole thing. the dissensus choir was just having a nice sing song and he mows them down with an automatic weapon.

  14. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to sadmanbarty For This Useful Post:


  15. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Hoboken
    Posts
    3,393

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    His show on FX, Atlanta, is great...
    it's actually the best fucking thing on american TV, been meaning to post on it here. every season is great, this season is weird/dark but still great.

    did i mention it's great?

  16. The Following User Says Thank You to Leo For This Useful Post:


  17. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    5,744

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sadmanbarty View Post
    ironically enough, crowley's post is in keeping with the aesthetic of the whole thing. the dissensus choir was just having a nice sing song and he mows them down with an automatic weapon.
    I knew Crowley would hate it, somehow.

    I thought I'd hate it too tbh cos I hate nerd rappers appropriating trap for their own purposes but I enjoyed the video. The song is nothing without the video. I do like the Jaws baseline though

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •