The Roots drummer can’t quite believe how good the new Childish Gambino album is.
Thursday evening saw the release of Awaken, My Love, the third album by rapper and actor Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. The new record is a sonic departure from his last album with influences from the Parliament-Funkadelic records he heard as a youth.
Questlove, drummer for The Roots and music nerd/historian, took to Instagram yesterday to share some early thoughts about the album.
In the post Quest said he’d woken D’Angelo up at 4AM to listen to the record before adding, “The last sucker punch in black music I remember in which NOONE had a clue what was coming was Sly’s #TheresARiotGoinOn.”
In one of many comments about his surprise at the record’s sound, the Roots frontman said “I was NOT expecting a trip to Detroit circa 1972 at United Sound Studio,” before adding there would be a riot should Pitchfork “play him again with these ratings.”
Dude I'm so fucked up right now. I can't even form the proper hyperbolic sentence to explain to D'angleo why I woke him up at 4am to listen to this. I'm like—when is the last time someone sucker punched me on this level…..I mean I knew #AroundTheWorldInADay was coming & it was a left turn—I'm about to blow the wigs off music historians… but I thought I was getting some fresh millennial 2016 hip hop shit and I got sucker punched. The last sucker punch in black music I remember in which NOONE had a clue what was coming was Sly's #TheresARiotGoinOn—read my IG about it (the flag)—I'm writing in real time cause —Jesus Christ the co-author of #WearwolfBarmitzvah just SONNED the shit outta me. In the best way possible. I was NOT expecting a trip to Detroit circa 1972 at United Sound Studios. I haven't written or been stunned by an album I wasn't expecting since that time I got an advance of #BackToBlack. The music is so lush man, I can see the kaleidoscope color mesh of the #Westbound logo. Dude I can't curb my enthusiasm. All I know is if #P4k try to play him again with these ratings there WILL be a riot goin on.