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For months now we’ve watched Childish Gambino do some mysterious, if not peculiar things. There was the enigmatic short film, Clapping for the Wrong Reasons, which set the tone for all that followed, a video of him floating dead underwater, his never-changing outfit, a series of Instagram posts that read like one of the most honest open letters ever, spontaneous public listening sessions, ROSCOE’S WETSUIT… and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Today Gambino’s second album, because the internet is available (officially ;) and it feels like the journey is only beginning. With a storyline that clearly connects back to Camp, minimal features, production that’s experimental and provocative (he’s got just adlibs from Mystikal?!!) AND a screenplay that tells the underlying narrative of the music, you can’t deny that he’s pulled off one of the most interesting releases this year, if not longer. But it feels much bigger than that. because the internet is more of a world for the listener to exist in, maybe even a movement. [MIND BLOWN EMOJI]
It’s clear Donald, err, Gambino, wants us to understand something about this internet we’re all addicted to. We’re still discovering it ourselves. You can start piecing it together here:
The King of R&B, aka R. Kelly is already verified on RG and breaking down a couple of classic lyrics. On the eve of his new album dropping Black Panties, Kells tells us what his motivation was for making “When a Woman’s Fed Up”. And in case you missed it, see what genius he dished on “Ignition Remix” & “You Remind Me of Something”. Stay tuned for more from Kells himself on new tracks dropping tomorrow!
The Rock Genius Albums of the Year countdown continues with the #7 pick from The National.
While becoming one of the biggest and best bands in the world, The National, still continued to tell the tale we’ve been following for the last 12 years.
Producer Genius presents the top Producer Genius annotations for this past week! Artists featured include — Kanye West, Just Blaze, Salaam Remi, Madlib, Kirk Knight & Q-Tip!
Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore cleaned up at the Grammys as both good kid, m.A.A.d city and The Heist will compete for “Album of the Year.” The last rap album to win that category was Outkast with Speakerboxx/The Love Below.
Some things were the same, as Drake was nominated for the same number of solo Grammys as he was last year (though he picks up a spare, for his performance on Fuckin Problem). Though the song will be announced as “…Problems” because… television!
We all have those particular pieces of clothing we like to wear all the time, the “faithfuls”, and so does your favourite rapper! In this special edition of Style Bible, we breakdown Childish Gambino’s recent getup, notice he’s been wearing the same clothes all the time? Yeah…so did we.
Via Fashion Genius
Lupe’s long awaited novel made its way to… Twitter. That’s right, Lupe is serializing Teriyaki Joe: Neo-Harlem Detective, which he described as “an Afro-Futurist novel” one hundred and forty characters at a time.
Love him or hate him, Kanye West is an artist in every sense of the word and Yeezus was the best hip-hop album of the year.
The Rock Genius Albums of the Year Project drops a new album each day for the next 8 days.
(Rap Genius top Kanye West scholar, streetlights, is a featured annotator on this post)