Album Review: Childish Gambino - Royalty
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Donald Glover is a man of many talents - writer, actor and (as alter ego Childish Gambino) rapper. Royalty is Gambino’s third mixtape and his first following Camp, his critically well-received debut studio album. It picks up where Camp left off and maintains that standard in an impressive 18-track tape. Royalty’s highlights are often those with interesting compositions, such as the dreamy keys of ‘We Ain’t Them’, recalling the sweetness of ‘Sunrise’ from his previous LP. Among these compositions are many samples - ranging from LL Cool J to Britney Spears. Spears’s ‘Toxic’ is cleverly re-imagined by producer skywalkr into a hard-hitting namesake rap track, one of the album's high points. There is a huge array of guest spots. Former Wu-Tang Clan members RZA and Ghostface Killah are two of the album’s biggest stars and give predictably solid performances on ‘American Royalty’ and ‘It May Be Glamour Life’, respectively.
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