Questlove Cannot Handle How Much He Loves Childish Gambino's New Album
    • FRIDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2016

    • Posted by: Ben Feit

    If Childish Gambino's recent singles "Me And Your Mama" and "Redbone" told us anything, it was that Donald Glover's new album "Awaken, My Love!" was not going to be the same as what he'd previously given us. But it doesn't seem likely anyone was expecting the full album to veer away from hip-hop and slam full speed ahead into 70s funk and soul. Among those most surprised by the rolling, rumbling bass lines and eccentric vocal ranges was The Roots' legendary drummer/bandleader Questlove. His Instagram post from earlier (very, very early) today was a rambling display of love for the new direction in Gambino's music:

    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.

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    Questlove has name dropped some legends of funk, including Sly Stone and Funkadelic, in talking about "Awaken, My Love!" and also referenced the legendary blues and funk legacy of the United Sound Systems studio. I'm sure nothing can humble Glover like referring to him as 'the co-author of Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,' but the sheer amount of love in this post is beautiful. That old 30 Rock classic is a good listen, but not quite the same vibe as "Awaken, My Love!".

    If you haven't listened to "Awaken, My Love!" yet, get your act together and put it on from start to finish as soon as possible. And don't even take my word for it, take the word of an absolute legend of hip-hop and neo-soul instrumentalism.

    P.S. The icing on the cake is that shade towards Pitchfork at the very end. Let's see if they actually listen to this album before deriding Glover's apparent immaturity and lack of artistic devotion, which is all they seem to be able to hear.

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