Royalty (mixtape)

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ReleasedJuly 4, 2012
GenreHip hop
Childish Gambino chronology
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Childish Gambino mixtape chronology

Royalty (stylized as R O Y A L T Y) is the sixth mixtape by American rapper and actor Donald Glover, under the stage name Childish Gambino. It was released by Glassnote Records on July 4, 2012. The album has many featured artists and is produced by Glover and his co-producer Ludwig Goransson, as well as Beck, Boi-1da and Skywlkr.


Although released on July 4, 2012, Glover announced the mixtape in January.[1] After the announcement, there were various releases by Glover, including "Fuck Your Blog," that were not on the mixtape. Two other songs released since Royalty's announcement that are not included are "Eat Your Vegetables", released on April 2 through his website,[2] and "Tell Me" featuring Himanshu Suri, better known as Heems of Das Racist, on the radio show "Chillin' Island". "Tell Me" was later released on Suri's mixtape Wild Water Kingdom.

Glover has stated that he had recorded 25 songs for the mixtape. On May 14, Funkmaster Flex premiered "Unnecessary", featuring Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul. On May 16, Glover released "We Ain't Them", produced by himself and frequent collaborator Ludwig. On May 26, Glover released another track, "Black Faces", through his website, featuring Nipsey Hussle and produced by Boi-1da. On May 30, he released a third track through his website which he named "Silk Pillow" (via his Twitter account), featuring Beck and produced by both Glover and Beck.

On July 3, 2012, Glover released the cover of the mixtape via Instagram and his Twitter account.[3] The same day he released the track list via Twitter[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Consequence of Sound's Chris Coplan gave the mixtape three out of five stars and found it "light on the punch lines, heavy on the swag, and an overall mighty declaration of newfound skill and confidence despite a few missteps" such as "lazy sing-talking".[5] Corban Goble of Stereogum complimented the guest rappers and observed "a surprising amount of quality and variety for a free mixtape."[6] Giving it a score of 8.3 out of 10, Adam Vitcavage of Paste praised Gambino's wordplay and cited the mixtape as "easily his most ambitious and controversial [release] yet."[7] Although he felt it lacks the "sincerity and unique nature of Camp", Jason Gardner of AbsolutePunk rated the mixtape a 78% and wrote that "the rough and tumble beats and much less punchline-glazed lyricism make this mixtape a worthwhile experience both for creator and listener."[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Royalty"  0:09
2."We Ain't Them"3:13
3."One Up" (featuring Steve G. Lover III)Childish Gambino2:31
4."Black Faces" (featuring Nipsey Hussle)3:29
5."Unnecessary" (featuring Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul)Childish Gambino3:41
6."Shoulda Known"GloverChildish Gambino4:27
7."R.I.P" (featuring Bun B)
8."American Royalty" (featuring RZA and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)Childish Gambino3:34
9."It May Be Glamour Life" (featuring Ghostface Killah)
Myke Murda1:36
10."Toxic" (featuring Danny Brown)2:48
11."Silk Pillow" (featuring Beck)
  • Beck
  • Childish Gambino
12."They Don't Like Me" (featuring Chance the Rapper)Skywlkr2:14
13."Arrangement" (featuring Gonage)
  • Glover
  • Göransson
Childish Gambino4:34
14."Won't Stop" (featuring Danielle Haim)
  • Glover
  • Göransson
  • Haim
  • Childish Gambino
  • Goransson
  • Glover
  • Hansen
16."Wonderful" (featuring Josh Osho)
  • Glover
  • Samuels
  • Osho
17."Make It Go Right" (featuring Kilo Kish)Childish Gambino4:24
18."Real Estate" (featuring Alley Boy, Swank and Tina Fey)Childish Gambino5:52


  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer


  1. ^ "Mixtape Coming Soon". 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  2. ^ "Eat Your Vegetables". 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  3. ^ "Royalty Cover". Twitter. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  4. ^ "Royalty Track Listing". Twitter. 2012-07-03. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  5. ^ Coplan, Chris (July 11, 2012). "Album Review: Childish Gambino – Royalty Mixtape". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Goble, Corban (July 11, 2012). "Mixtape Of The Week: Childish Gambino Royalty". Stereogum. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Vitcavage, Adam (July 10, 2012). "Childish Gambino: Royalty". Paste. Decatur. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Gardner, Jason (July 10, 2012). "Childish Gambino - Royalty". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved December 7, 2012.

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