Music Recommendation – Single – Childish Gambino, “Telegraph Ave”

childish-gambino-suitFor a while, “3005” was my favorite Bino song I had heard. Insert article link here. After not going out of my way to listen to anymore by Childish Gambino, I got a chance to hear “Telegraph Ave” a few days ago, and my opinion changed quicker than a caterpillar into a butterfly. Though to be fair, that is actually a fairly lengthy process. Come up with a better metaphor (simile?) for me in the comments below!

Gambino starts out the song a it different by projecting sounds of starting a car, turning on the radio (Power 106 of course, what rubbish are you listening to?) and playing Lloyd’s “Oakland”. Before you go searching, “Oakland” is not actually a song (yet). Rather, it was audio recorded as the transition piece for this song. So I guess it’s “Telegraph Ave” featuring Lloyd?

Despite the initial confusion of it all, “Telegraph Ave” takes Hip-Hop and spanks it with the RnB paddle. Forgive me if that triggered any flashbacks, I am not responsible for your crappy childhood. The intro has to last less than 45 seconds in fear of making the song after that checkpoint irrelevant. It manages to introduce the concept of the song with a relatable scenario, and keeps listeners paying attention until it transitions into the real deal and an iconic start to the awesome music.

Drake comparisons keep swarming my mind to interpret into writing, but I will hold back. Childish Gambino sounds more like – I got nothing, this is the closest thing to Drake besides Aubrey Graham. I hate to admit it, but Donald Glover takes the Drake Hip-Hop-to-RnB-then-back-to-Hip-Hop thing and gets it right. Childish Gambino has done that pretty well since “Heartbeat” though. His rap verse is flawless, and the vocals are tuned just right as genuine lyrics come out of his words. The beat is complex and different as it features echos and compliments the vocals perfectly.

Speaking of the word perfect, overall I would rate the song at:


I am giving this song a perfect 10/10, and here’s why: You cannot name a Hip-Hop or RnB fan that would find this song lacking in talent. Whether or not it is your cup of tea is your business, but the clearcut genius lyrically and in the song’s design and timing is apparent. This might be opinionated, but I have no problem sharing this song with anyone, and am proud to call it a favorite to anyone; Whether or not they enjoy it, however, is out of my control.

I must say my biggest negative related to the song is the fact that I did not listen to the full album and had to find the song in my suggestions before actually giving it a listen. Now I feel obligated to listen to Because The Internet knowing it could hold any other track like this one. You get the picture, I highly recommend listening to this song no matter what genre you fancy.

Go ahead and stream the song below:

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Music Recommendation – Single – Childish Gambino, 3005

Childish-GambinoI had a few minutes to write an extra article today, and I thought, “Why not write about a more popular song from a favorite artist?” When I say favorite artist, I generally mean actor; However, I am usually impressed with Childish Gambino’s lyrical skills as well. 3005 is perhaps his best example of this solid lyricism, not to mention the incredibly catchy hook.

In case you have yet to hear it, the song begins with the hook and breaks into the first verse after this brief intro. Usually this pulls listeners in right away, but Gambino goes straight into his verse quick and makes it hard to keep up. Some of the lines are a bit empty and feel like fillers, but as the first verse ends, this begins to transition into a more meaningful song.

So there you have it, my biggest complaint. Expect fast bars and a hook that gives you a minute to catch up. If you like 3005, you might enjoy Heartbeat, which was my first Childish Gambino song that I heard back in 2012. So overall, I would rate this song at:


I consider this some of Gambino’s best work, and it has been a gateway drug for many new fans. Childish Gambino may not be the greatest rapper of all time, and his sound is still developing a bit, but this is definitely a good song to start with if you have yet to hear it or anything by Donald Glover.

You can stream the song and watch its corresponding music video below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Frank Ocean, Memrise

frank-oceanFrank Ocean is back for the first time in like 5ever, and has brought back everything you love about Frank Ocean. The song has a bit different of sound though, and features similar features to those of Childish Gambino’s music.

New RnB song, blah blah blah, something something about how I love RnB, etc. You can visit Frank Ocean’s Tumblr account and hear it first below:

-Austin Heath

Album Review – Logic, Under Pressure

Whoa, look at me going all mainstream and posting about one of the best-selling albums of the year. How about those who have not had the time to listen to a whole album though, is it worth the buy? On my last album review, I was pretty extensive; but this time, I do not think I will have to break down the album that hard.

“Wait, so you’re saying this will be a brief review?” Hell no, in fact, I have a lot to say about the Maryland-based rapper and his debut album (though not his first release, quite a few mixtapes before this). However I can say with confidence that this review will not have to be too extensive unless I want to get excessive. The album has a similar sound in every song, therefore making each song description short, as I cannot use the same synonyms for every track on Under Pressure.

I consider Logic the child of J. Cole’s rhymes and rap style and Kendrick’s flow after their first honeymoon. It is really hard to say anything bad about his rapping skills, and there is some evident talent. Calling this album of the year is a bit much though, but let’s save it for the track by track breakdown:

1. Intro – The highlight of this album, believe it or not. Samples the album’s sound and features some hard verses by Logic in his introduction. These subjects of the raps though will appear again soon. Reflective start though, really pulled me in. 9.75/10

2. Soul Food – I love the original beat of this song, and the soul-vibe. Of course we should expect that with a name like Soul Food. Right away Logic breaks out, and really drops some of the strongest lines on the album. Definitely one of the more stand-out products of the LP. 9.5/10

3. I’m Gone – A bit similar to Soul Food except this song tells more of a story. This is where Logic begins to really open up, and I like the life breakdown of I’m Gone. The hook is subtle, though repetitive, and it sticks with you. The raps are not as hard and impressive as the previous tracks, but they still show his skill in verse. I also really like the supporting vocals by whoever that woman is. 9.25/10

4. Gang Related – This song is, you guessed it, gang related. I do appreciate the honesty of Logic’s verses, and more of the story-telling I started to like in I’m Gone. This song does what I’m Gone could not and spits strong rhymes while still informing the listener of growing up in the hood. The beat is very original as well, though it almost stands out so much it takes away from taking in the lines of Logic. Regardless, this is one of the best tracks on the album. 9.75/10

5. Buried Alive – This is the first time we actually get a glimpse of the singing voice of Logic. I wish we could get it more, as this is where he reminds me most of J. Cole (who sounded golden on Work Out and Can’t Get Enough). The editing over the verses to emphasize phrases also channels Kendrick Lamar, so this song really appeals to me. Another favorite on the album, though the rap verses is similar to the previous songs (especially Soul Food and Gang Related). Still feels perfect in my eyes, best song on the album to me. 10/10

6. Bounce – Right away I was terrified that this song would have a sexual tone that would throw the album into wack. However the song is true to the album’s focus, the story and upbringing of Logic. Definitely one of the most upbeat tracks on the album, which I definitely like. It does feel like the song gets lost in the chaos towards the end, but catches itself by the end with a smooth ride out. 9.25/10

7. Growing Pains III – More opening up of Logic, but wow I felt like it was forever until we could actually hear Logic start. I don’t mind snippets of conversation, but this just lasted a long time. When it starts, there are some incredible rapping going on. Almost reminds me of Eminem, and the sounds actually add to the song’s atmosphere. However I use my similar sound complaint, with some serious Gang Related material and subject matter applied. Also saddening when there is a lack of hook. 9/10

8. Never Enough – A huge shoutout to production on this track, golden work. The opening hook was not very appealing, however. These were some of my favorite Logic verses and the added-in sampling from the woman singer (I cannot place the song though) along with the nod to Kid Cudi’s Pursuit of Happiness (One of my favorite Cudi songs) were superb. The song really improves and end up becoming one of my favorites after a minute in. 9.5/10

9. Metropolis – More storytelling, which I do not mind. The song does sound like previous works though, and does not seem to attempt at creating a hook. Good story and an enjoyable listen but perhaps my least favorite song on the track, despite quick and hard raps by Logic. The dialogue feels uncalled for as well towards the end of the song. 8.25/10

10. Nikki – Named after his child’s mother is the track Nikki. I do hear a lot of emotion in the words of Logic and is refreshing to see the love from a rapper to who they are with. While the song’s lyricism is incredible, the song itself is not as enjoyable of a listen as some of the preceding tracks. 8.5/10

11. Under Pressure – The song named after the album is usually given the most attention, unless there is a strong collaboration (stay tuned). This track is over nine minutes, and if you’ve liked listening to Logic’s verses in the last few songs, you will enjoy this. More of the same sound and raps it feels, but I have to give him credit for rapping hard for so long. 8.75/10

12. Till The End – Interesting production, though I was not very amused. Logic stays on focus while telling his struggles of entering the music business, which is a heavy story. The hook is also really catchy. Decent song but the beat almost weighs it down. 9/10

13. Driving Ms. Daisy ft. Childish Gambino – Here is one of the most listened to songs on the album, Driving Ms. Daisy. Now that we are beginning the deluxe version songs, we have to keep in mind that these songs cost some extra, so they will have a lot more pressure on them. I liked Gambino’s verse, almost sounding like classic T.I. Logic sounds similar as before, but this is actually one of the best songs on the album for the low-key production and emphasis on rapping. 9.5/10

14. Now – Now featured some heavy production from big names, including 6ix and Arthur McArthur. The hook is hard, and most Hip-Hop fans will immediately like it. These are strong raps by Logic, and seem more original than the others. I found it hard to keep up with this song, and the track overall was very impressive. 9.75/10

15. Alright ft. Big Sean – This song includes some of my favorite lines on the album, especially with his mention of Danny Devito, which gave me a good laugh. Of course Big Sean will help make this the most-listened-to song on Under Pressure, but Big Sean was a bit disappointing. The verse was solid but unfocused, though the whole song feels like that. 9/10

So that averages out to exactly 9.25. It was hard to keep it brief, in fact I could not. However my point of lying in the beginning was the emphasize that the same sound is used often, and if you’ve heard one you’ve heard the next four or five. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? Hopefully Logic has more up his sleeve for his next project, as he will run out of ideas if he uses the same technique over and over again. I would love to hear more singing and vocal-work from him.

In essence, this album is complete Hip-Hop. It channels some of the best rappers and gives Logic the potential for a right future. So go ahead and ignore my rant on the whole thing and give the album a listen below (At the very least, I recommend the songs rated 9.5 or more):

-Austin Heath