Childish Gambino: Actor Turned Rapper

Posted: November 3, 2011 by jerkmag in BLARE -- music
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It was February of this year when I first witnessed Childish Gambino. At that time he was just Donald Glover, a hilarious comic starring in the NBC sitcom “Community.” Not too much later, my friend posted a music video of Glover rapping on my Facebook wall in a song entitled, “Freaks and Geeks.”

Since the success of that single, the rapper/actor/singer has released five projects: “Sick Boi,” “Poindexter,” “I Am Just a Rapper,” “I am Just a Rapper 2,” “Culdesac” and EP”. Gambino is now signed to Glassnote Records and plans to release his first studio album titled “Camp,” on November 15

To preview his album, Gambino recently released the single “All the Shine.” The single highlights all of the criticism that Gambino has received and is almost a break in character from Gambino’s typical vulgar and superficial lyrics.

Although this track does show a new side of the multi-talented artist, it does not justify Gambino’s shortcomings as an artist. Gambino is simply not a rapper, but instead a very clever writer, as anyone would expect from someone with a degree in dramatic writing from NYU. The great comedian should keep his punch lines and one-liners on the television screen rather than infesting my otherwise immaculate Pandora stations.

-A.J. Allen

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