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Sunset and Childish Gambino fan Kevin Gannon offered to give his thoughts on Childish Gambino and his upcoming album, ‘Because The Internet.’
I can remember my first experience with Childish Gambino like it was yesterday. It was, in fact, not yesterday but the summer of 2010. He had just released the Culdesac mixtape and my impression was probably similar to yours: “Holy hell, how did I not know that Troy (from Community) could rap like THIS?!” He instantly reminded me of guys like Lil Wayne and Drake because of his punchline-heavy approach, but there was a sincerity and reality to his lyrics that felt more organic than his influences. The Childish one just sounded, well, real and I could connect with his outsider vision, affinity for indie-rock and cartoons, and fondness for humor as a vehicle. This was, after all, a guy who decided to take on music after showcasing that he could write his ass off and act pretty damn well, too.
But it’s been nearly three and a half years since then and, of course, things are very different for both me and the rapper I’ve grown so fond of. For me, I’ve been most recently dealing with a transition from college to the “real world.” That means relying on my own income, which often gets a little pummeled when I make extraneous purchases to supplement my music-listening habits. Like my new headphones, I finally caved in and copped after reading this guide. And during this same time, Gambino released a slew of new material. That includes his debut album, Camp, which was unfairly panned by critics who seemed to be piggy-backing on one another’s hate. The record still resonated with me, though, as did his Royalty mixtape that dropped last year.
That being said, it did sound as if Gambino was getting somewhat stuck artistically. It seemed like he needed to challenge himself, be it by surrounding himself with new collaborators or simply immersing himself in a different setting. And this past summer, it was apparent that he had done exactly that after I watched his “Clapping For The Wrong Reasons” short film. It was an odd viewing experience, of course, because nothing seemed to be connected as one scene jumped to another. But it did show that he was branching out and spending time with acts who could challenge him. They included Trinidad Jame$, Flying Lotus, and somewhat-frequent collaborator Chance The Rapper.
Seeing all of this made me even more hopeful once I heard rumblings of Gambino’s sophomore album, Because The Internet. And, sure enough, he proved that he was on another level with the release of lead single “3005.” The sing-song hook, the lyrics split between bravado and introspection, and the superbly melodic, albeit forward-thinking production, blended together wonderfully. Here was a fully fleshed-out track from Gambino that was also equally familiar and unlike what we’ve heard from him before.
Subsequent single releases like “Telegraph Ave” proved that this was indeed a new side to the writer-turned-actor-turned-multifaceted-musical-artist. And he opened up about these changes in an interview with Billboard. He revealed that he feels like he needs to inspire people and that his music is a way for him to do that.
That’s why when he went into making Because The Internet in December 2012, he did things differently. He opted out of “going home” and instead rented out a new place—the mansion from the short film?—and reached out to new people. This allowed him to tap into different parts of his mind and expand his creativity. And as he told Billboard: “I didn’t want to make another album, really–I wanted to create a world.”
We’ll all get a chance to hear just what that world sounds like when the album is released Dec. 10. If you can’t wait that long, though, you can stream it right now on iTunes.
Tracklist for Because The Internet after the jump.
The reason I started this blog was because I was inspired by cool people doing cool things. It has focused almost 100% on music, but here and there I’ve shared some art and technology with you guys. Recently, I was invited to participate in a cool event hosted by HP where I was able to test out the latest and greatest HP technology. Being somebody who’s inspired by technology and forward-thinkers, this was a really cool experience for me.
For other tech junkies out there: the technology showcased at the #hpjoy event was forward-thinking. I was especially impressed the the LeapMotion system now in place in the ENVY laptop series. It allows a new level of control to the user by allowing gestures made in the air to be understood by the machine. This seems like a gimmick at first, but the opportunities are plentiful. For example, being able to quickly rotate and zoom in on 3D projections are quite impractical with a touchpad. One level geekier, having a new gesture-based means to control the screen gives developers a lot more potential to be creative with UI design. This could be the future, yall. After playing with the system, it became apparent to me that what the LeapMotion platform brings is the next logical step to the current age of multi-touch trackpads.
So after being able to geek out with the technology, I was given another gift from HP. I have received two HP Chromebooks for my review and comments. I’m giving away one of these two Chromebooks so you guys can have the opportunity to test out this new cool technology as well. Sign up with your information using the form below. The contest will run until December 14th, 2013, and then once a winner is chosen, he or she will be contacted via email and the Chromebook will be shipped to them. Also, be sure to spread the word with your friends! Once you’ve entered your information below, you’ll be given opportunities to share with your friends – for each friend you invite who then enters to win, you will be rewarded an extra entry.
In our all-important third episode of The Jordan and Arjun Show, we talk about Eminem‘s latest album MMLP2, Childish Gambino‘s Because the Internet cover, Drake‘s brand new video for “Worst Behavior,” and much more. Actually, just some more.
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Every Friday night after shooting IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!, musician/comedian/actor/renaissance man Reggie Watts invites the show’s guest over to his keyboard. What follows is a sometimes awkward but always entertaining “make-up-the-words-as-we-go-along” jam session that’s more than worth your time. The whole thing highlights the impressive improvisational skills that musicians and comedians share. My biggest takeaway: Ed helms is really, really, ridiculously good at the banjo. Seriously.
Continue for a collection of my favorite sessions of the series.
After a bit of hiatus, Sunset in the Rearview‘s favorite (or least favorite?) sons Jordan and Arjun return to their commercially unsuccessful but critically acclaimed series. In today’s episode we discuss Drake‘s third LP Nothing Was The Same, our original mixtape Sunset Selections, our new music discoveries of the month, and general Kanye-related activities. Also, there might be a voicemail that I left Jordan one fateful (#TURNTUP) night.
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Jimmy Fallon likes Sunset Selections. Well, sort of… you have to watch the ultra cool trailer by our writer Eric to find out. The mixtape comes out tomorrow, which is just a trip ’cause I remember having the idea for it a few months ago. The experience of putting this mix together has been both really frustrating and super enjoyable. The entire #SunsetFam contributed to the making of the mixtape–whether it was through contacting artists, letting me “borrow” their artwork, or making this kick ass trailer. Also, the artists on the tape have been amazing and supportive of this idea. But shit, I guess I’ll talk more on that tomorrow.
Watch the video or hit the jump to (FINALLY) find out which artists are on tomorrow’s Sunset Selections mixtape.
The return of Childish Gambino has been hinted over the past few months (with his return to Twitter, updated website, new releases, etc.). Finally, he took to Twitter 4 days ago and announced that the album is done. Today via a promo video, we found out the album is called Because the Internet and will be out sometime during winter break. He then dropped the “freestyle” attached to the video, and it’s just classic, unplugged Gambino, alternating between self-aware jabs at himself and his critics and just unashamed stunting.
But that isn’t even what has me really excited for his new album. Below the promo video is a live recording of a new song he performed live at Penn State’s homecoming concert on 10/6. It is fucking fantastic (think: a mix between Tyler, The Creator and Toro y Moi production-wise with Gambino at his best on the verses).
Heard the flow was gettin’ better, is he sleepin’ with Erykah?
Time is fleeting. Summer is almost gone, and it feels like it started just yesterday. Similarly, today is my second year anniversary writing for Sunset, and I remember typing my debut Conan O’Brien post with like 10 Twitter followers and no real experience. Also, we are closer to 2014 than we are to 2012. How crazy is that? So basically, the Sunset fam wanted to capture this moment in time by asking our favorite breakthrough artists for exclusive tracks for a mixtape we are calling “Sunset Selections of 2013.”
There are so many reasons we are creating this tape. Most importantly, we want to show the world who we think stands out among young artists and get new (free) music directly to the fans. Also, we want 2013 to last forever. Like, yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the O.C. premiere, and luckily we have those shows and its soundtrack to look back on fondly. We want this mixtape to represent this year for you, so you can remember how it felt to live in 2013. Before you know it, summer will be gone forever, and you’ll be attending 20-year high school reunions (sorry if that got sad).
The mixtape will be out October 10th. We already have so many exciting artists confirmed for it.
The first single will be out September 24th. Welcome to Sunset Selections.
Update #1: While it might be fun to be a part of, I hate exclusivity… which is sort of the crux of Sunset Selections. So, on September 4th we are opening up a section of our Facebook page that allows YOU to privately submit an original, unreleased track that will be listened to by us. From the submissions we’ll choose one song to join the Sunset Selections of 2013 official mixtape. Submissions will be open until midnight October 1st.
Update #2: It’s time! Submit your song to join the Sunset Selections of 2013 here. It will only be listened to by the Sunset staff, and you reserve all the rights, etc. We will choose one song to join the incredible team of breakthrough artists we have already approached, and we will email the artist with the winning song. Also, hit the jump to see the cover of the mixtape.
Outside Lands: That time when San Franciscans make their annual trek into the foggy depths of Golden Gate Park to tap into their inner rocker, raver or head bopper depending on the vibe they’re going for (and/or how many drinks they had the night before).
Show-stopping performances came from newcomers and veterans alike throughout the course of the weekend, but a few stood out to me as especially noteworthy. [Continue reading to get the skinny on all the best performances, songs and secrets from the weekend from guest writer Molly Murtaugh.]
Last week Drake dropped his fantastic new single “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” which features a new artist called Majid Jordan. Obviously, I thought this was just one dude, but I was wrong. Majid Jordan is a duo consisting of singer Majid Al Maskati and producer Jordan Ullman (get it… Majid Jordan?). The Toronto natives were recently signed to Drake’s OVO Sound imprint under Warner Music Group, joining PARTYNEXTDOOR and a pretty wide stable of in-house producers. The guys definitely have the potential to make a splash in the industry. Last year the duo released a project called the afterhours EP under the moniker Good People. I totally have their songs “Chill Pad Deluxe” and “Tea & Coffee” on my iTunes, so it is cool for me that Drake also discovered them.
Stream Good People’s afterhours EP, featuring highlights “Chill Pad Deluxe” and “Tea & Coffee,” below, and look out for new Majid Jordan tunes hopefully in the near future. Follow them on Twitter here.
After an impressive debut performance at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC last week, it became instantly apparent to a harem of music journalists and fans alike that this girl is the heir apparent to the pop throne. Well, Lorde‘s (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) reign is coming quicker than anyone expected, as she is officially set to release her debut album Pure Heroine on September 30th via Republic Records.