"Because the Internet" - Childish Gambino [Spotify Album Stream]

Greg Morris

by Greg Morris

Published December 4, 2013



Because the Internet, Childish Gambino's eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2011's Camp, is slated for release December 10th, but you can stream the whole thing right now courtesy of iTunes.

The album boasts 19 tracks, produced by Gambino himself along with Christian Rich, Thundercat, and Ludwig Goransson. The record is divided into short segments, bouncing from introspective, to comical, to boastful, and everywhere in between. Guest appearances include Chance the Rapper on "The Worst Guys," Azealia Banks on "Earth: The Oldest Computer," and Jhené Aiko on "Pink Toes."

The album as a whole follows a loose musical arc, with seamless transitions in place between some songs and stylistic schizophrenia in the middle of others. Gambino's weirdness may be a point of contention for some mainstream fans, but this record proves that he can turn it on and off at will. He refuses to neglect fun-loving anthems, but Gambino said early on that Because the Internet would be his most honest record to date, and he makes good on his promise. The singles are solid, "3005" and "Sweatpants" stick out as the most radio-friendly, but on the whole, the album tells the story Gambino wants it to tell. Musically, he deftly bounces between styles, singing and rapping in almost equal parts, but lyrically, there's an emotional theme that ties the whole record together: "Because the internet, mistakes are forever."

Check out the NSFW lyric video for "3005" right here at Zumic and pre-order the record through iTunes before its December 10th release. For more music, news, and concert dates, check out Childish Gambino's Zumic artist page.

Because the Internet tracklist:

01. The Library (Intro)
02. I. Crawl
03. II. worldstar
04. Dial Up
05. I. The worst guys (feat. Chance the Rapper)
06. II. shadows
07. III. telegraph ave. (“Oakland” by Lloyd)
08. IV. sweatpants
09. V. 3005
10. Playing Around Before the Party Starts
11. I. The Party
12. II. no exit
13. Death By Numbers
14. I. Flight of the Navigator
15. II. zealots of stock hold (free information)
16. III. urn
17. I. pink toes (feat. Jhene Aiko)
18. II. earth: The oldest computer (The last night) (feat. Azealia Banks)
19. III. life: the biggest troll (andrew auernheimer)


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