Actor, writer, comedian and musician Donald Glover seems to be the type of artist that thrives under pressure. Glover’s critically acclaimed series Atlanta just wrapped its first season and is already renewed for a second, with the multi-talented performer writing and starring in the hit FX show. But before filming can start on Season 2, Glover is set to play a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars film. Oh, and his third album under his musical moniker Childish Gambino reportedly drops in December. So yeah, Glover does ‘busy’ well.
Just released today is the latest track from Childish Gambino, titled “Redbone.” Taking a break from his usual musical style, Childish Gambino defies genre and convention in the new song, showing off his impressively high register. Seemingly possessed by the ghost of Prince, Gambino gives listeners a beat they can groove to while urging listeners to ‘stay woke,’ singing “If you want it, you can have it / If you need it, you better believe in something / We can make it / If you want it, you can have it.” Did Childish Gambino write this song specifically for President Obama to play while delivering his final speech at the White House? It would be a perfect fit.
The new track is the second single to been released so far from Childish Gambino’s third album Awaken, My Love!, which is rumoured to be arriving in full next month.
“Redbone” follows the previously released and equally stunning “Me and Your Mama,” which dropped on November 10.