Single Review – Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama

2016 has been a busy year for Donald Glover, otherwise known as Childish Gambino, with the airing of his new (outstanding) TV series, ‘Atlanta’, the news of his role in the upcoming Star Wars film, and now the announcement of his new album ‘Awaken, My Love!’, set for release on December 2nd. With this announcement comes the arrival of new single ‘Me and Your Mama’, offering an incredibly exciting taste of what’s to come.

Glover has switched up his usual style of rap-centered hip-hop that makes up the majority of his last album ‘Because the Internet’, dropping the heavy focus on his clever wordplay and tongue in cheek witticisms and moving into an altogether more refined, grown-up territory. The focus this time is on the dark and atmospheric, yet stunningly beautiful musical arrangement and Glover’s haunting vocals. It feels entirely different to anything we’ve heard from the rapper before, but there are enough familiar elements in there that fans of his usual musical style won’t feel alienated. It feels mature, soulful, bold and brash- yet unrestrained and perhaps even a little unrefined in places.

However, in losing some of his trademark silliness and crudeness, Glover may have also lost some of his charm. Gone are the memorable one liners, such as “Too fly- Jeff Goldblum” that we have come to expect from a Childish Gambino track, and while the sound this has been replaced with is undoubtedly incredible, at times it feels like something is missing. Along with the fact that 2 minutes of this 6 minute track are taken up by a meandering, confused intro, this makes for something that doesn’t feel quite as listenable as his previous efforts.

‘Me and Your Mama’ is absolutely a must-listen, and it’s also definitely a track that grows more interesting with every listen, but it’s not necessarily going to be your favourite Childish Gambino track.

Katie Hayes

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