Because The Internet CD (2013)

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Specifications

Label Glassnote Records
SKU 257012828
UPC 810599020453
UPC 14 00810599020453
Format CD
Release Date 12/10/2013
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Author Childish Gambino
Compilation Appearance Quality Street Music(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sail Out
Compilation Appearance NEON ICON(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance My Everything
Compilation Appearance My Everything
Compilation Appearance Under Pressure
Compilation Appearance UNDER PRESSURE(Explicit Version)
Associated Artist/Work Lewis, Leona
Technical Info
Engineer Riley Mackin; Ruben Rivera
CatalogID GLS-0152-02
Lable Name Glassnote Entertainment Group
Released 12/10/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 52s
UPC 00810599020453
Musical Guests
Chance the Rapper
Jhene Aiko
Azealia Banks
Donald Glover
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: Andrew Dawson.
Recording information: The Temple, Pacific Palisades, CA.
Photographer: Autumn de Wilde.
Having left his full-time role on the hit comedy Community to concentrate on music, rapper Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino gets broader and bolder on his 2013 effort Because the Internet, an indulgent kaleidoscope of studio tricks and celebrity problems that's still wildly attractive thanks to its smarts and ability to swing. That latter bit comes courtesy of primary producers Glover and Ludwig Goransson, who mix the edgy sounds of indie rap and indie pop with the best the mainstream world of R&B has to offer. Cool, radio-friendly crooner Lloyd shows up on the creamy West Coast dream called "Telegraph Ave.," while "3005" comes with a chorus so uplifting and bright, it makes the nerdy stay-at-home wallflower at its center sound epic and sexy. The booming influence of the A$AP Mob is felt on numerous cloudy cuts like the grand "Worldstar," where popping pills at Coachella, a Martin Scorsese reference, and a twisted sax solo all congeal into a dank glop of hip-hop hash oil. Then there are all the instrumental interludes that divide the album into chapters or suites, because this one reaches for art with some interruptions for getting flashy on "The Worst Guys" (where Chance the Rapper is merely Chance the Hypeman) and crashing on the couch for either a spliff, or maybe spliff and a sweet snuggle, with Jhen? Aiko's "Pink Toes." All of it flows splendidly and Gambino's wit, hipness, and lyrical dexterity are all still strong points, with "I got more tail than Petco," "More green than my Whole Foods/And I'm too Fly, Jeff Goldblum," plus a reference to the "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That" meme being some examples. Still, even with all these strong points, Gambino often frames his angst and anger with the burden of being born rich (something he mentions quite often on the album), providing plenty of "we should all have such problems" bait or "hierarchy of needs" ammunition, depending on the listener's viewpoint/bank account. Even the short "The Party" finds him inviting friends over and then yelling at them to get the "F" out, but there's long been a wide gap between the life experience of rappers and their fans, something supported by the growling background vocals on "Crawl" provided by Mystikal, an MC who did plenty of hard time when most of his fans have not. Connecting with the album is nearly impossible, understanding it is difficult, and often enough, its inflated ego is irksome, but Because the Internet is too free and fascinating to be dragged down by these complaints, so if a Yeezus with more flash and fun is what's required, Gambino's got the good stuff. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "On his second album, actor-turned-rapper Childish Gambino wields his nerdiness with newfound confidence, spitting meditations on Internet culture with fluency and ease."
Entertainment Weekly (p.60) - "[This sees him] doing trick dives into the deep end of his psyche." -- Grade: B-
CMJ - "WORLDSTAR features a hollowed-out xylophone-like beat and stadium chanting while Gambino keeps his flow mellow and monotone."
Paste (magazine) - "Compelling...Childish Gambino's growth as a musician in the two years since CAMP is commendable."
Disc 1
1 Library, The (Intro)
2 I. Crawl
3 II. Worldstar
4 Dial Up
5 I. The Worst Guys
6 II. Shadows
7 III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd)
8 IV. Sweatpants
9 V. 3005
10 Playing Around Before the Party Starts
11 I. The Party
12 II. No Exit
13 Death By Numbers
14 I. Flight of the Navigator
15 II. Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)
16 III. Urn
17 I. Pink Toes
18 II. Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night)
19 III. Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auernheimer)
Product Attributes
Artist Childish Gambino
Label Glassnote Records

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