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Music Review: Childish Gambino-Awaken My Love!


Awaken My Love! wonderfully captures Childish Gambino’s meteoric rise and evolution into an octuple (Microsoft Word says that’s not a word, but I beg to differ) threat.  He’s a writer, actor, rapper, comedian, lyricist, director, producer and singer.  And with his hit show Atlanta, a staring role in an upcoming Star Wars film, and several successful albums and mixtapes under his belt, there’s no doubt his star power is only going to continue to grow.

His latest effort takes on many topics and genres of music.  The opener, “Me and Your Mama,” is possibly his best record ever.  He combines intricate and intelligent lyrics with an insane gospel chorus.  We get to see his funky side with “Boogieman,” and he even delivers up some spoken word on “Baby Boy.”

I could have done without “California.” Though sonically interesting, the over synthesized vocals and calypso melody left me a little confused.

Awaken My Love! gives us a millenialized version of what it means to be a psychedelic dirty backpacker from Atlanta.  And I kinda love it.

Score: 4.2

Must Listens: “Me and Yor Mama,” “Boogieman” and “Riot”

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.