Alec Steele: Childish Gambino – Royalty
Childish Gambino is the Messiah for alternative artsy kids who never really fit into a box or clique growing up. Seeing the goofball kid from Bro Rape and Community attack a verse with unmatched punchlines and calculated cadence was basically a billboard to my childhood yelling “YOU CAN DO ANYTHING”. Royalty is a crucial moment in Gambino’s career. Camp saw the rapper enter the mainstream with a style that turned hip hop heads and hip hop haters into fans, but Royalty proved that Gambino deserved the spot. Royalty contains an incredibly diverse collection of tracks and instrumentals. With features from RZA, Ghostface Killa, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Beck, Kilo Kish, and (by far the most wild) Tina Fey, Gambino proves that he can not only run with the heavy hitters, but he can surpass them. Royalty takes Gambino from a funny, alternative rapper to a hip hop artist with serious stake in the game.