Culdesac (album)

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Culdesac
Mixtape by Childish Gambino
Released July 3, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Alternative hip hop, indie pop
Length 56:26
Label Glassnote
Producer Donald Glover, Ludwig Göransson
Childish Gambino chronology
I Am Just A Rapper 2
(2010)
Culdesac
(2010)
EP
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Robert Christgau A–[1]
IGN (8/10)[2]
The Nerdiest Kids 4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[4]

Culdesac is the third mixtape by American rapper Childish Gambino better known as Donald Glover, released July 3, 2010. The entire mixtape was self produced with assistance from Community composer, Ludwig Göransson. It was originally meant to be released on July 2, but was delayed for one day due to last minute material. Like his other mixtapes, Culdesac was released for free download.

Production[edit]

When interviewed by Complex about what influenced his production, Glover had this to say: "Well, I listened to a lot of indie music. I feel like a lot rap heads don’t really listen to a whole bunch of music and are closing themselves off. People feel that if you like T.I. then you won’t like Animal Collective or if you like Jeezy you’d probably hate Lykke Li, and I don’t think that’s the case. Hip-hop is the most eclectic type of music ever, because you can stay up on anything. If the beat is tight, the beat is tight. I’m from Atlanta, so I love Outkast. I listened to a lot of their stuff when I was younger. I listened to the Wu-Tang album. I listen to “All That I Got Is You” by Ghostface like a billion times. I remember being a kid and hearing that and being like, “Oh shit, that’s like me.” [Laughs.] My cousin and I used to sleep in the same bed. [Laughs.] It was the first time I ever felt something. I listen to Kanye of course. I feel like Kanye paved the way for people like Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and rappers who rap about their life. Not every rapper is from the streets, yo. Jay-Z’s story is not my story and I say that in the album. I love Jay-Z, but I can’t tell that story."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Culdesac received mostly positive reviews from critics. Chris Lee of Los Angeles Times praised the album, saying "The album's alterna-rock-augmented beats and emo-level of emotional rawness, meanwhile, are shot through with surprisingly legitimate R&B vocals also sung by Glover, making "Culdesac" an unexpected delight: a sung-rapped cri de coeur that's as accomplished as any indie hip-hop released this year."[6]

The Huffington Post gave the album generally positive reviews, stating "It becomes clear from listening to "Culdesac" that Glover thinks he's on the highest creative level possible, a la Tupac, and maybe in his own way he is."[7]

In his consumer guide for MSN Music, Robert Christgau gave Culdesac an A– rating,[1] indicating "the kind of garden-variety good record that is the great luxury of musical micromarketing and overproduction."[8] He quippedly asserted that Childish Gambino "brings more skills to the rap game than any pretender in years, fellow actor Drake included", and wrote of his musicianship, "His rhymes startle and amuse, his flow bubbles and snaps, his beats always get him where he's going, and on the expert pop song 'Got This Money' he hits the high notes on his own."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Difference"
  2. "Hero" (brass by Chris Lane)
  3. "I Be on That"
  4. "Got this Money"
  5. "So Fly" (samples "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross and interpolates "Storybook Girl" by The Sylvers)
  6. "You Know Me"
  7. "Let Me Dope You"
  8. "Do Ya Like" (samples "Melt My Heart to Stone" by Adele)
  9. "I'm Alright"
  10. "Glory"
  11. "Fuck It All"
  12. "I'm On It" (additional vocals by Amani Starnes)(samples "Silly" by Deniece Williams)
  13. "Put It In My Video"
  14. "These Girls" (featuring Garfunkel and Oates)
  15. "The Last"

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Got This Money" (acoustic @ Ace Hotel)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert (December 30, 2011). "Childish Gambino". MSN Music. Microsoft. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Matt Fowler. "Childish Gambino: Culdesac Review - Music Review at IGN". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Review: Childish Gambino — Culdesac". The Nerdiest Kids. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  4. ^ "Album Review: Childish Gambino — Culdesac". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2011-11-30. 
  5. ^ "Interview: Donald Glover Talks Rap Career & Spider-Man Twitter Campaign". Complex. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Donald Glover, Renaissance man of comedy and rap - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  7. ^ "Abe Schwartz: A Review of Donald Glover's Debut Rap Album, "Culdesac"". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 

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