From TIME to Rolling Stone, Kanye West’s controversial Yeezus has been topping Best of 2013 lists all over the map. But only a few weeks to the end of the year, another rapper has delivered an album that surpasses West’s experimental effort by miles. Childish Gambino fell off the map a bit after his critically acclaimed Camp, and released a mixtape titled Royalty that didn’t garner too much attention. Now it seems Gambino is more ready than ever to take the rap game by storm and he proves it this new record.
Because The Internet came as a big surprise, because I don’t think anyone expected Childish Gambino to come this hard after so many setbacks. It’s a concept album, with titles like “Worldstar” and “Life The Biggest Troll”, it lives up to the concept perfectly, using a medium we all are familiar with to show us what he’s been going through and doing it well. The album also has some great features, particularly from newcomer Chance The Rapper, who released one of the other great Hip-Hop albums of the year, Acid Rap.
But there is something about this album that makes it stand out from the rest, and arguably puts it above them. We’ve been through this journey with Childish Gambino trying to just make great music and be recognized for it. For some reason though, I’ve always thought that he could do a little more with his music, something that would push him from being a great rapper to being an AMAZING musician. This album does that for me, and I couldn’t be more excited.
Yeezus has been getting all the praise, but I feel like all these critics are forgetting one BIG important thing, LYRICS. Kanye has all these great beats and expensive production on his album, but lets not pretend that he hasn’t fallen of the game massively when it comes to his spitting game. Half the lyrics on Yeezus are extremely cringeworthy and just plain old lazy on Kanye’s part. Hearing him struggle to come up with clever one-liners on “I’m In It”, makes it almost unbearable to listen to. The production is the only thing that makes it possible to play as is the case with most of the album. Childish Gambino has a much better play on words, and while his songs might’ve not cost millions to produce, they sure as hell sound much more sincere and authentic than anything on Yeezus.