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Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui, Part IV

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

Any language, regardless of meaning, can be made to sound beautiful behind a nice tune, something for people to nod along with mindlessly. Gambino's more interested in displaying the ways we communicate than whether or not he endorses them.

Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui, Part III

Jesse Damiani | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

Repetition, whether functioning as feedback loop or contextualization (often both), is an integral motif in Because the Internet. Set against the album's most forcefully earnest and reassuring song, we find a confluence of paradoxes: nostalgia dovetails with cynicism.

Childish Gambino and the Metamodern Ennui, Part II

Jesse Damiani | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jesse Damiani

Which is @DonaldGlover -- Childish Gambino's Twitter self -- and which are simply imagined voices or characters?