’13 Best Albums #10: Childish Gambino Because The Internet

Written By: @Elliottwilson January 10, 2014 @ 9:03 AM EDT

‘Net Worth.

Truth be told, Camp never got me amped. It was hard to take actor Donald Glover serious as a rapper named Childish Gambino. But after moments of promise on his 2012 Royalty mixtape, Bino puts it all together on his surprisingly dope second album, Because The Internet.

A conceptual work with an online script available, BTI is best digested as a full body of work but there are definite standouts. And most often, they find Bino harmonizing as well as spitting bars. Look out Frank Ocean. “Shadows” flips the classic Manzel breakbeat “Space Funk” as dude gets all in his feelings. He pleads, “Tuesday afternoon/I ain’t got shit to do/But fall in love with you.”

The ups and downs with the opposite sex reside heavy here. Hey maybe the lady of Glover’s dreams just might be in the West Coast as revealed on the Lloyd-aided “Telegraph Ave”. Hey an Oaktown girl worked out pretty well for me. As y’all can see. Ha! Still relationship bliss may have to wait for Bino. It’s back to heartbreak on “Flight Of Navigator” and the following “Zealots of Stockholm” and “Urn” both explore life, death and mortality. Deep shit.

But it ain’t all blackhearted soul. Bino can still brag and boast with the best. On “Sweatpants” he backs up his collar-poppin bars (“Don’t be mad cause I’m doin me/Better than you’re doin you”) with a equally obnoxious chorus, “I’m winning, Yeah, yeah, I’m winning/Rich kid, asshole, paint me as a villain.”

It’s hard to hate on Glover anymore because his music now delivers. On the captivating closer “Life: The Biggest Troll” he advises, “Stay on your own shit, fuck what these clones think/Just remember that you the shit, but act like it don’t stink.” Future smelling like roses.—YN

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  • Dope album, maybe top 5 of the year

  • Dashing28

    Wow. Rap Radar surprised me with this excellent, non-conventional choice. Well deserving.

  • The wise

    This guys a fuckin cornball nobody takes serious fuk him an his fruity as shirt!

    • Alex

      tommy bahama is a saint

    • Sam Robilotta

      nobody? Sure have your opinion but when that shit gets shut down just by looking at the COMMENTS on the page then you look more like the cornball, don’t you agree? dope cd.


    The name Childish Gambino is what’s holding him back…He should of just stuck with his real name or came up with something less cheesy.

    • Kai AugustAngeles Simmons

      You might be right, I thought he was a parody rapper when I first heard the name. But after hearing Freaks and Geeks, I was a big fan ever since

  • Name

    This was not a good album

  • IV

    WHAT THE FUCK?! Okay lemme stop I knew RR wasn’t gonna like an album like this lol. It’s definitely TOP 3 OF THE YEAR, but, they won’t admit that. I understand though. No hate.

  • The Almighty

    honestly this album was just okay, there are some gems but I expected better from Gambino… too much singing

  • People like this guy???

  • Kai AugustAngeles Simmons

    Top 3 album of the year. Maybe even number 1. The versatility shown, the depth of artistry. 3 Stacks’ influence is strong on this generation, and I love it