At least one member of the NBC sitcom Community had a good day. The same day his the sitcom was "benched", Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino released his debut album Camp on Glassnote Records. After releasing 3 albums and an EP for free, it's time to pay up. The album was previewed a week early on NPR and is getting solid reviews from pretty much everyone. What started as a sample-heavy mixtape for hipsters, he has definitely transitioned into a well-produced artist. When I first heard him on I am just a Rapper, I found the Sleigh Bells and Grizzly Bear samples a bit too reminiscent of Chiddy Bang, and quite frankly that gets old after a while. Last summer's Freaks & Geeks EP was a huge step in the right direction and a favorite of mine in 2011. Lyrically, his ability to turn words and snap one-liners is his greatest asset. He stopped by Conan last night to play Heartbeat, his second single and my favorite song on the new album. Check out the video below along with his track Break, killing Kanye's All of the Lights.
Heartbeat (Radio Rip)
Break (AOTL) [FREE DOWNLOAD]