Crowns and credit…
Donald Glover pays more homage to the hip-hop founders than most, and he does all of this with an approach that seems inviting to loyalists of any genre. The appearance of ‘old heads’ like RZA and Bun B may seem a little off put by the arrival of Beck and (believe it or not) Tina Fey, but if anyone can make it work, it would be Gambino.
The writer, turned actor, turned comedian, turned rapper has released his first project since his debut studio album “Camp,” and this mixtape is a real gem. For those unfamiliar with Gambino’s work, his flow is rarely repetitive, his lyrics are real life affiliated, he loves his mama, and he’s a pretty good singer.
This project proves to the listeners that he won’t be boxed in and forward is the only direction he plans on taking his music. Each verse is conceptualized and thematic. If there is a verse that lacks depth and a witty punch line, you wont find it coming from Gambino’s mouth.
The title of Gambino’s latest project may be asking for crowns, credit or fees owed to him, but one thing is evident, free music of this quality shouldn’t go without recognition.
- Patrick Guilfoyle