Gambino’s Game Plan…

It’s hard to pinpoint Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino. He’s a writer, an actor, an entertainer, a rapper, and now … it seems a funk master. I’ve been a fan of his music for a few years now. His lyrics are honest, heartfelt, and in some regards, just plain weird but entertaining – ranging from his self proclaimed nerdiness, growing up in middle class life, racism, and relationships. There’s a lot going on in that mind of his. And now he’s back with a new album called, “Awaken, My Love!” This album hands down, threw me. Goodbye to the rhymes for this project, he concentrated on making an old school funk, rock, and r&b album that would make George Clinton and Bootsy Collins proud. I was quite surprised really. But that’s what an artist does – always throws you. You should never expect the same thing. And Donald delivers. From the opening track, “Me and Your Mama,” a standout rock and funk song where he illustrates his singing chops, lines right up with there with the best of them, to “Boogieman,” and “Zombies,” it’s just a roller coaster of fun.. It’s exciting, and I appreciate him taking a complete left turn with his music. As someone who listens to rock music, and is Black, I definitely applaud anyone else who is Black and is in the music field to stretch and break boundaries of what Black artists are used to doing in music.

I’m not going to go on and on like most critics do about albums. Most of you won’t read it anyway. Just trust me when I say this album is worth the time and the listen. It’s 40 plus minutes of pure funky entertainment. And I most add that Donald’s voice as a singer isn’t bad at all. Usually I joke, “all rappers want to act, and all actors want to sing” but in his case, he’s pretty good. The time away from doing music has served him well and he came back with a vengeance. This album is a musical head trip. With every listen I hear something new and that’s how music should be, at least in my opinion – never boring, always intriguing. “Anything less would be uncivilized.” So come. Feel alive with the Gambino and travel inside his mind for a while. It’s worth it.

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Podcast #25 No Voice Needed…Quarter of the Way..

 

Truth be told, I haven’t been in the greatest of spirits lately (absolutely miserable to be exact) and I have a lot going on. But I still want to share with you all a mix of songs I’m currently rotating on the ipod. And in my ears. A few oldies. Some new goodies, and everything in between. I’m not going to bother to add my voice because of my current under the weather condition, so it’s just a non stop mix. Enjoy music heads. Until next time….

 

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1. Remedy – The Black Crowes

2. Say Yes To Me – Surfer Blood

3. Stompa – Serena Ryder

4. Tell Me How To Live – Capital Cities

5. Skeleton Key – Dessa

6. A horse is not a home – Miike Snow

7. We Tried – The Drums

8. Hey Love – Tricky

9. Out of the Blue – Julian Casablancas

10. Last Raindrop – Fitz and The Tantrums

11. Gold Coast Hustle – Pretty Lights

12. Die Together – New Politics

13. Up in the Air – Thirty Seconds to Mars

14. What A Wonderful Man – My Morning Jacket

15. Anxiety – Gold Fields

16. The Lonely Life – City And Colour

17. Say That – Toro Y Moi

18. A-Z – Tracey Thorn

 

 

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