Me and your Mama
This single was released in anticipation of Donald Glover’s upcoming album Awaken, My Love! set to be released in early December. The six-minute song begins with playful light tunes reminiscent of experimental Kendrick. This progresses into rhythmic gospel-type lyrics similar to Chance the Rapper’s recent gospel influences, which seem to be trickling down to multiple of his rap counterparts. These two parts are followed by Childish’s very strong, still gospel lyrics, which mellow down into some traditional instrumentals with guitar, tambourine and drums. This is a long, multi faceted and interesting track. Between the title of the album and this single, I would expect more gospel influences within the album, regardless it should be great.
The second single released in anticipation of Childish’s December 2nd album release, is quite funky, if I could describe it in just one word. Similarly, to “Me and your Mama” this track is longer than your average song, and makes a drastic shift musically about two thirds of the way through. “Redbone” has a slower, more mellow vibe, with some crazy auto tune. The cover art is the same for the two singles, with a black woman, with a septum piercing, eyes rolled back, and extremely shiny skin. Her face is framed by glowing geometric lines, reminiscent of a tribal headdress.
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