Born September 25, 1983, Donald Glover is an actor, a comedian, a writer and – adding to his list of talents – a rapper and a producer. He has attended the Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia and also graduated from NYU with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006. No surprises there as Donald was a writer forTina Fey’s NBC series 30 Rock for two years and won the Writer’s Guild of America Award for his work on the show’s third season. He also starred in the popular US TV show Community as Troy Barnes as well as writing for Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show amongst other roles in TV and Film. With music, Donald started out in college dropping a few mixtapes here and there, and by few I mean many. His most famous project till date – the album Culdesac – was released last year and now we feature his brand new album titled CAMP. To be precise,CAMP is his fourth album but first commercial release which is scheduled for release on November 15 under Glassnote Records. Lest I forget, Donald also DJs under the moniker mcDJ and has released a number of mixes under this name. I ask is there anything this man can’t do? Let’s get into some of the amazing music to expect on CAMP, shall we?
Let’s take a little intermission shall we… “Letter Home” – which stands as the shortest track on CAMP or rather an interlude – reminds me of a track you would hear from Drake. Regardless on this, Donald seems so sincere and personal in his delivery that it stands out on the album and I feel it is worthy of several mentions. The resounding arrangement of violin strings accompanying Glover’s lyrics and vocals seals off the track rather beautifully that I can only hope that the lucky girl for which “Letter Home” is for, gets to hear this.
Choosing the last song to plug to you from this album was a long struggle but I finally settled on “Hold You Down“. The saying, “write about your experiences” holds true for Glover and I’m amazed as to how he can keep talking – so openly – about his life while still consistently making good music and never compromising on its quality. On “Hold You Down”, he refers so poignantly to the struggles and stereotypes he faced while growing up as a Black kid that you really need to listen carefully to this one. The piano chords heard throughout along with those well-placed hand claps and subtle drum patterns as well as the orchestrated violin arrangements that carry the chorus and round up the track at the end are the musical pieces that bring this song together and give it that dark serious tone while Glover’s wordplay, delivery and sharp wit are sure not lacking on this song either.
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