Ok, just a couple of things. First, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka Troy Barnes is becoming one of the most talented entertainers around. The guy has always been funny. He wrote for 30 Rock, plays one of the funniest characters on TV, and was a pretty decent rapper. Now, judging from this performance the other night on Conan he is now more than just a decent rapper. He’s a performer.
Glover has been spitting out mixtapes under the Gambino name for a few years now. All of them full of dexterous wordplay and killer one liners (the man is a comedy writer after all). Now his first official release, Camp, is a few days old and its becoming more and more clear that this hip hop thing is no joke. He just keeps getting better and better.
Alright, point number two. There is another music blog that I frequent called Pigeons and Planes. Its a hip hop and indie rock site but it definitely leaning toward the former. The last few days there seems to be a bit of a war brewing in the comments section between fans of Childish Gambino and Drake. I am perplexed because, other than both having albums released on the same day (Drake’s Take Care on Young Money and Glover’s Camp on indie Glassnote), I don’t see what the two have in common. They seem to be part of two separate worlds, one awful (Drake) and one not awful (Gambino).
To me the thing that sets the two apart is work ethic. No, Glover is not the best yet but I know he will keep getting better. Drake is as good right now as he is ever going to be. Take Care has eighteen tracks and ten cameos and every track has at least one other writer credited. He’s barely on his own album! Camp, on the other hand, features…..carry the one…zero cameos. Drake is going through the motions and Glover is putting in work.
I guess its not that I dislike Drake personally, I just don’t respect him. Comparing his stuff to a guy who is making the extra effort to be an artist, like Gambino, is like comparing apples and oranges. Drake belongs to the pop world now. The two aren’t even on the same planet.