Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Pitchfork Isn't Exactly a Fan of the New Childish Gambino Album

Yikes. Pitchfork seriously gives it to comedy's rapper Childish Gambino with this review of Camp, rating it a 1.6 and calling it "one of the most uniquely unlikable rap records of this year (and most others)." The review criticizes the joke integrity of Gambino's "hashtag rap" (lines like "You can kiss my ass, Human Centipede"), but its main complaint is that in a post-Kanye rap landscape, the stereotype of the hard black rapper that Gambino rails against doesn't really exist anymore. This might be a legitimate concern for serious hip-hop fans, but luckily it probably won't stop comedy nerds from playing "Bonfire" over and over to psych us up to write Twitter jokes.

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  • Zach Dionne@twitter

    False. It's awesome. I thought his rap was a joke for a while until I gave this album a real shot over Thanksgiving. He's got some real stuff.

  • http://www.collegehumor.com/user:328495 Chase Mitchell

    Fine by me. Can comedy nerds use this opportunity to distance ourselves from hipsters completely and forever? Because I'm pretty sick of being told how funny I'm supposed to think Hipster Runoff is.

  • OrtizDupri

    This is the same Pitchfork that loves Odd Future and Das Racist, right?

    Just saying, their rap taste isn't exactly the best.

  • http://twitter.com/joshung Joshua Ungerleider

    If they don't believe there are "hard black rappers" anymore, they must be getting all of their rap from music variety stations. They aren't selling like Dr. Dre and Tupac did, but there's still a whole bunch out there.

  • http://reednwrite.tumblr.com J.D. Reed

    As a comedy enthusiast who is surrounded by rap music(forcibly), I can vouch for each one of these comments. ^

  • http://videoshare.tumblr.com Firas Alexander

    One of the worst aspects of modern music criticism, and Pitchfork does this all the time, is couching the review in a made up narrative. Instead of reviewing the music on its own merits the reviewer decides how the album works as a social statement, or fits into or transcends current genre paradigms. I mean its their site, they can do what they want, but I don't get why people would it accept that kind of writing as good for reviews. Anyways, I didn't love Camp as much as some of the mixtapes I've heard, but it certainly rates better than a measly 1.6

  • http://www.twitter.com/pablogoldstein Pablo Goldstein

    From the stand-point as someone who's a fan of DG, it's alright. From the stand-point as a hip-hop head? It's pretty bland. He's an OK rapper with OK lines with a horrible flow that's made worse by the fact that it's comedian Donald Glover (who cares!?!!).

    Rapping from the point of middle-class black kid who grew up confused is not interesting at this point in hip-hop. Making a rap album about feeling like a creep because of the way you treat women and having your producers use almost no drums is (Take Care by Drake).

    That being said, it does not deserve a low score like 1.6 That's just Pitchfork being Pitchfork.