‘Because the Internet’ stands apart from the usual

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By McKenzie Brown, Rowlett HS, Rowlett, Texas

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“Because the Internet,” Childish Gambino’s fourth project, might be his best. The album has a mix of jazz, dubby static, R&B and rap. Gambino shows a newfound confidence by talking about Internet culture with fluency and ease.

“V. 3005” and “Telegraph Ave” show his unique sense of style with lyrics that have deeper meanings compared to mainstream rap music. “V. 3005” is more of a personal song that talks about a relationship from his point of view.

“The Worst Guys” and “Life: The Biggest Troll” are two songs that depart from the usual hip hop style of his previous albums and mixtapes. They both incorporate jazz characteristics that I really appreciated. While most rap musicians talk about smoking and being under the influence, Glover uses his raps to discuss meaningful subjects like relationships and his career.

It is very apparent that Donald Glover puts effort into every aspect of his career just by looking at his album’s packaging. The foldout case features graphic art that is reminiscent and distinctly visual of internet images. The cover is even holographic and the warm colors give a serious tone showing his mature aesthetic.
It’s refreshing to see someone who is so talented both musically and theatrically. Glover is a forced to be reckoned with. After this successful album, Childish Gambino is still growing as an artist, but has definitely proven himself to me.