Dude I'm so fucked up right now. I can't even form the proper hyperbolic sentence to explain to D'angleo why I woke him up at 4am to listen to this. I'm like---when is the last time someone sucker punched me on this level.....I mean I knew #AroundTheWorldInADay was coming & it was a left turn---I'm about to blow the wigs off music historians... but I thought I was getting some fresh millennial 2016 hip hop shit and I got sucker punched. The last sucker punch in black music I remember in which NOONE had a clue what was coming was Sly's #TheresARiotGoinOn---read my IG about it (the flag)---I'm writing in real time cause ---Jesus Christ the co-author of #WearwolfBarmitzvah just SONNED the shit outta me. In the best way possible. I was NOT expecting a trip to Detroit circa 1972 at United Sound Studios. I haven't written or been stunned by an album I wasn't expecting since that time I got an advance of #BackToBlack. The music is so lush man, I can see the kaleidoscope color mesh of the #Westbound logo. Dude I can't curb my enthusiasm. All I know is if #P4k try to play him again with these ratings there WILL be a riot goin on.
From the first notes of "Me and Your Mama," it was clear that Donald Glover was moving in a new direction with his third album as Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!. Glover himself opened up about his influences on the record, saying that it was heavily inspired by the feeling he got from listening to Parliament Funkadelic as a kid.
The album was released late Thursday night, and Questlove wasted no time in offering his resounding praise for the music. "I thought I was getting some fresh millennial 2016 hip hop shit and I got sucker punched," he wrote on Instagram, before referencing past albums by black musicians that defied expectations like Sly & The Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On.
"The co-author of #WearwolfBarmitzvah just SONNED the shit outta me," he continued. "In the best way possible. I was NOT expecting a trip to Detroit circa 1972 at United Sound Studios." Read the full note above and listen to Childish Gambino's "Redbone" single below.