Gambino Is Back!

My favourite, your favourite, actually everyone’s favourite comedian/actor/rapper Childish Gambino is back! After months of no activity on social media, and going as far as deleting all previous tweets and just uploading a new twitter cover photo, which looks like people working in a studio – this action left fans wondering what is he up to. Then on July 23 Donald simply posted a link to his website which held a link to Soundcloud to his new track ‘Centipede’. The website crashed for a number of hours, with him tweeting – ‘it crashed. give it a minute’ this does show how his fans are so close to the button with anything Gambino, there was no other announcements, just that, these fans are loyal. The track really shows how talented he is, with an intro of just his vocals and no music, then dropping into a tradition Gambino fat beat and then to the famous Gambino spit.

No other news has followed about an album, but this track does follow a number of features that Gambino has been on including Flux Pavilions, ‘Do or Die’ and the very recent Woz remix of Rudimental’s smash hit ‘Feel The Love’. This remix is amazing; it’s truly Christmas in July, with the traditional Gambino rap over these old SKOOL, heavy electronic hip hop beats, it makes me feel like getting in some big pants, getting my hair did and pumping my fist high in the air. Featured below.

The only other news that have been surfacing about Gambino is that there is an end to his other alter ego, Troy Barnes, his very funny character on hit cult TV show Community. According to Vulture, “he wants to devote more time to his Childish Gambino-fueled music career — will only appear in five of the show’s upcoming 13 episodes.” Although this does upset me, and probably a lot of other fans, the fact that he is concentrating on his music makes the news easier and bearable to digest.

Gambino was recently in Australia as part of the Big Day Out where we blew away crowds at his intimate sideshows and Big Day Out performances. He was electric with his full band in present, which featured multi-instrumentalist who played guitar, drums and violins to make all songs off Camp sound even better than the record, which most thought impossible, until seeing him live.

He is now a force to reckon with in the rap game, with his follow up to Camp being highly anticipated and the fans, including me, are waiting day to day for an update! Gambeezy is back!

Annoyingly we’re unable to embed the tunes here on the blog but you can listen to Centipede HERE and then get your ears around the ridiculously good Rudimental flip HERE

-Trent R

The Gambino Diet

In today’s society there is an array of fad diets that “guarantee” results – I believe most of them are full of shit, but there is a new diet which has just hit Australian shores and it’s guaranteed to work, it’s called the ‘Gambino Diet’. The ‘Gambino Diet’ consists of basically eating whatever you want, but you need to attend a sweat and swagger drenched Childish Gambino show, which requires bouncing (not moshing) and huge sing-alongs.

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) is the ridiculously talented rapper who holds many persona’s, including his music alter ego Childish Gambino and acting alter ego Troy Barnes from cult TV show Community and more recently as Lena Dunham’s new squeeze on Girls. While you’d think that would be enough, he was also one of the youngest writers for hit TV show 30 Rock and has also created himself a reputation based on his stand-up comedy performances.

Making his first trip down under as part of the 2013 Big Day Out, his performances were some of the most highly anticipated of the festival; his first Australian performance took place at The Standard in Sydney, and this performance set the benchmark for all shows in 2013. With his live band in tow that featured all multi-instrumentalists, they made the show even more lifting, with both guitarist also acting as violinist, drummers and keyboardists – it was an explosion of sound.

Feeling like a 13 year girl waiting for a One Direction gig to start, I was filled with an array of emotions in the minutes leading to his performance, I felt excited, full of anxiety and growing anticipation which all disappearing once he graced the stage with the opener ‘Outside’. He then followed with crowd favourites ‘Firefly’, ‘Freaks and Geeks’, ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Bonfire’. He also went on to play tracks from old and new mixtapes including his rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ which blew everyone away!

I have never ever experienced a show that fueled so much heat, his energetic performance caused the crowd to create condensation that dripped from the ceiling, it was incredible, everyone in that room was moving with swag and lapping all that Donald provided, it was a true music experience.

If you have never heard of Childish Gambino til now, I recommend you not only try and make it to one of the remaining shows, but I recommend you get yourself a copy of his album ‘Camp’. ‘Camp’ is one album that is consistent throughout, with infectious hard hitting beats, with a mixture of funny lyrics mashed with extremely serious ones creates an album that anyone, in any mood can listen to.

Please excuse the amateur footage but this vid captures the infectious energy and vibe of what was easily one of my fave gigs I’ve been lucky enough to witness.

-Trent Rosser

Troy and Tina in the Moooooorning

Actor turned rapper is a phrase that rarely bodes well but most will agree that Troy Barnes’- sorry, Donald Glover’s leap from hilarious American comedy Community to hip-hop moniker Childish Gambino has been relatively seamless. His debut record Camp has garnered a whole bunch of attention and this week he dropped a follow up mixtape called Royalty. The most notable point of sensation is the inclusion of comedy royalty Tina Fey on a track titled ‘Real Estate’. It’s about as funny as you’d expect from Tina Fey which is to say crazy funny. 

You can download the whole thing here and catch Tina Fey and co getting fresh below. Fey’s verse kicks in around 4:55. And this is probably nothing but it looks as if he’s also got some lesser known artists involved too. None of these rings any bells for me but maybe you know them: RZA, Ghostface Killah and Beck.