Camp is technically the second full album release from actor/writer/rapper Donald Glover, but it’s the first record that’s been released under a label. All the trademark Childish Gambino touchstones are here: Asian girls, growing up, fashion, dick size, etc. Yes, Donald is a still a bit silly, but there’s that same level of honesty and earnestness that has been shown in all of his previous work. He takes that work and elevates it to new heights here.
Also, Glover has continued to grow musically. The underlying beats on each track are diverse and totally insane. ‘Heatbeat’ is the perfect club song, while ‘Bonfire’ is perfect to hyped up to, all creating a record that is unified in tone, but very distinctively unique musically.
Yet, what Glover does best is what he’s always done. These stories are raw, real and relatable - especially for those life mirrors his in some aspect. Also, much like all his work, Glover is easily at his best when he’s angry (‘Backpackers’) or motivated (‘Sunrise’).
It’s these stories that are worth taking a visit to Gambino’s ‘Camp.’ Strike a match, light a fire and really listen to what the young rapper has to say, because much like a real summer camp, you may discover something about yourself that you didn’t know before.
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I’ll have my thoughts on Camp at some point today or tomorrow.