by Erin Beattie
It usually takes me a while to warm back up to an artist's new music, but when I heard Childish Gambino's "Me and Your Mama" this week everything inside me was warmed with excitement.
After a few years of silence from Childish Gambino, Donald Glover gave us an exciting hint at his forthcoming album with the release of this acidic single on November 10th. The full album Awaken, My Love! is expected to drop sometime early next month.
Within the song’s six minutes, “Me and Your Mama” can be broken into three distinctly different parts. From the beginning with repeated, hushed gospel tones, the song builds from these dreamy tones into a groovy funk. Gambino’s vocals don’t even kick in until past the 2 minute mark, where he(finally) passionately belts "Do what you want/ I'm telling you/ Let me into your heart/ Can't stand it, backhanded/ They want to see us falling apart/ You know that I love you/ So let me into your heart.” His vocals are completely raw and passion-filled, releasing all this tension through verse.
What surprised me most after first hearing the song was Gambino’s direction out of his usual hip-hop/pop-infused rap into this timeless sound. When I heard this song, I couldn’t help but compare it to the Rolling Stone’s “Gimme Shelter" but the song is so reminiscent of many different musical eras and genres, the main being funk, rock, and blues. However, the single remains distinctly Childish Gambino.
The song is the first track out of 11 on the rapper's upcoming third LP, and honestly I cannot wait to see where he goes from here.