So I gave another, thorough listen to Childish Gambino's Camp album today (I'm a big fan of his I Am Just a Rapper mixtapes & Culdesac) and I kind of hated it.
I respect him for making a truly personal album, but Gambino is so insecure throughout the entire thing, without saying or proving much to back up his talk.
He says that he finds himself in limbo as a black male, but a black male who grew up in an upper middle class world, so he posits himself as the answer to the stereotypical black male from the hood, saying that he's the only black rapper out there who isn't from the hood & is doing something new & original...which he's not, and he doesn't say anything to back his claims up. He says that he's the alternative to the mainstream, but his beats & misogynistic lyrics are par for the course in an average YMCMB album. The production is solid but overbearing and a good number of his one-liners are corny as shit.
With people like Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, Curren$y, even Lil' B or Das Racist, there are so many rappers out there who aren't embracing the gangsta rap culture & are succeeding at it, and best of all, they don't need to constantly remind us how "alternative" they are. It's a real bummer, because I'm a huge Gambino fan, but Camp is pretty much unlikable.