Hollywood superstar Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino is working during these tough times. The hip-hop heavyweight has come through this weekend with his new 3.15.20 album.
This weekend, Glover channeled his rap moniker to deliver his latest solo effort. The project arrived as a surprise release just in time for everyone’s Sunday social distancing.
On March 15, Donald Glover released—then removed—what seemed to be a new Childish Gambino album on a website called DonaldGloverPresents.com. Now, 3.15.20, a full-length LP featuring Ariana Grande and 21 Savage, is here. One familiar song, “Feels Like Summer,” features, but like most of the 12 tracks, its title is now a timestamp indicating where it falls on the album: “42.26.” Grande’s guest spot, confirmed in a press release, does not currently feature in TIDAL’s song credits, but she appears to sing on “Time”; 21 Savage is credited on the track “12.38.” (Yahoo! Entertainment)
The project comes in two formats. Childish Gambino fans have the choice of listening to it in traditional form or as one, long continuous stream.
The 03.15.20 album comes in two versions: One is a standard, track-by-track version that you would expect from a typical album release, while the second version is a full, uninterrupted stream. The latter version—released under the artist name “Donald Glover Presents”—seems to call for the type of communal listening where one can hit play on the “song” and let it stream in full without having to worry about the album sequence getting messed with, adding other songs in between the tracks or ads depending on what streaming service someone is using. At a time when so many people are practicing social distancing and quarantining at home due to concerns over the coronavirus, this streaming idea couldn’t have come at more appropriate time. (Forbes)
Wait, There’s More
The album isn’t just streaming in one spot. Glover’s new LP is now available on all the major digital platforms including Spotify and TIDAL.
Before You Go
Over the past few years, Glover has dropped a few sporadic records. His last full-length solo effort dropped four years ago.
Glover’s last Childish Gambino album was 2016’s “Awaken, My Love!” In 2019, he returned with the Hiro Murai-directed movie Guava Island, co-starring Rihanna. He also starred as Simba in The Lion King reboot. In 2018, Glover dropped “This Is America” with a provocative video, also directed by Hiro Murai. (Pitchfork)