Because the Internet

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having left his full-time role on the hit comedy Community to concentrate on music, rapper Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino gets broader and bolder on his 2013 effort Because the Internet, an indulgent kaleidoscope of studio tricks and celebrity problems that's still wildly attractive thanks to its smarts and ability to swing. That latter bit comes courtesy of primary producers Glover and Ludwig Goransson, who mix the edgy sounds of indie rap and indie pop with the best the mainstream world of R&B has to offer. Cool, radio-friendly crooner Lloyd shows up on the creamy West Coast dream called "Telegraph Ave.," while "3005" comes with a chorus so uplifting and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having left his full-time role on the hit comedy Community to concentrate on music, rapper Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino gets broader and bolder on his 2013 effort Because the Internet, an indulgent kaleidoscope of studio tricks and celebrity problems that's still wildly attractive thanks to its smarts and ability to swing. That latter bit comes courtesy of primary producers Glover and Ludwig Goransson, who mix the edgy sounds of indie rap and indie pop with the best the mainstream world of R&B has to offer. Cool, radio-friendly crooner Lloyd shows up on the creamy West Coast dream called "Telegraph Ave.," while "3005" comes with a chorus so uplifting and bright, it makes the nerdy stay-at-home wallflower at its center sound epic and sexy. The booming influence of the A$AP Mob is felt on numerous cloudy cuts like the grand "Worldstar," where popping pills at Coachella, a Martin Scorsese reference, and a twisted sax solo all congeal into a dank glop of hip-hop hash oil. Then there are all the instrumental interludes that divide the album into chapters or suites, because this one reaches for art with some interruptions for getting flashy on "The Worst Guys" (where Chance the Rapper is merely Chance the Hypeman) and crashing on the couch for either a spliff, or maybe spliff and a sweet snuggle, with Jhené Aiko's "Pink Toes." All of it flows splendidly and Gambino's wit, hipness, and lyrical dexterity are all still strong points, with "I got more tail than Petco," "More green than my Whole Foods/And I'm too Fly, Jeff Goldblum," plus a reference to the "Ain't Nobody Got Time for That" meme being some examples. Still, even with all these strong points, Gambino often frames his angst and anger with the burden of being born rich (something he mentions quite often on the album), providing plenty of "we should all have such problems" bait or "hierarchy of needs" ammunition, depending on the listener's viewpoint/bank account. Even the short "The Party" finds him inviting friends over and then yelling at them to get the "F" out, but there's long been a wide gap between the life experience of rappers and their fans, something supported by the growling background vocals on "Crawl" provided by Mystikal, an MC who did plenty of hard time when most of his fans have not. Connecting with the album is nearly impossible, understanding it is difficult, and often enough, its inflated ego is irksome, but Because the Internet is too free and fascinating to be dragged down by these complaints, so if a Yeezus with more flash and fun is what's required, Gambino's got the good stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/10/2013
  • Label: Glassnote
  • UPC: 810599020453
  • Catalog Number: 15202
  • Sales rank: 8,515

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Library (Intro) (0:04)
  2. 2 I. Crawl (3:29)
  3. 3 II. Worldstar (4:04)
  4. 4 Dial Up (0:44)
  5. 5 I. The Worst Guys - Chance the Rapper (3:39)
  6. 6 II. Shadows (3:51)
  7. 7 III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" By Lloyd) (3:30)
  8. 8 IV. Sweatpants (3:00)
  9. 9 V. 3005 (3:54)
  10. 10 Playing Around Before the Party Starts (0:54)
  11. 11 I. The Party (1:31)
  12. 12 II. No Exit (2:51)
  13. 13 Death By Numbers (0:43)
  14. 14 I. Flight Of The Navigator (5:44)
  15. 15 II. Zealots Of Stockholm (Free Information) (4:50)
  16. 16 III. Urn (1:13)
  17. 17 I. Pink Toes - Jhené Aiko (3:27)
  18. 18 II. Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) - Azealia Banks (4:42)
  19. 19 III. Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auernheimer) - Donald Glover (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Childish Gambino Primary Artist
Mystikal Background Vocals
Swank Background Vocals
Miguel Vocals
Erik Arvinder Strings
Ludwig Goransson Guitar
Thundercat Bass, Background Vocals
Kilo Kish Vocals
Doc Allison Cello
Jason Martin Vocals
Rochelle Jordan Background Vocals
Jens Filipsson Alto Saxophone
Edvin Nahlin fender rhodes
Steve G. Lover Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris Hartz Drums
Yesi Oritz Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Athens Mastering
Ruben Rivera Engineer
Brian Roettinger Art Direction
Pop Levi Composer, Producer
Riley Mackin Engineer
Ludwig Goransson Composer, Producer
Sam Spiegel Additional Production
C. Bennett Composer
L. Robinson Composer
Thundercat Producer
Childish Gambino Executive Producer
S-X drum programming
Christian Rich Producer
Donald Glover Composer, Producer
Azealia Banks Composer
Stefan Ponce Composer, Producer, drum programming
Jason Martin Composer
Rochelle Jordan Composer
Fam Udeorji Executive Producer
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    He is amazing as always.

    He is amazing as always.

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