Childish Gambino's Album, Which Blew Questlove's Mind, is Streaming for Free on YouTube

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Childish Gambino's Album, Which Blew Questlove's Mind, is Streaming for Free on YouTube

Childish Gambino  just dropped his new album Awaken, My Love!, and people are freaking out. We knew it was coming today, but we didn’t know that it’d be streaming free on YouTube, and many of us, including Questlove, didn’t know that it would be this awesome. When the Roots drummer heard the album for the first time, he apparently woke up the Black Messiah himself, D’Angelo, at 4 a.m. to listen, and then practically hyperventilated all over Instagram.

In the stream-of-conscious post, which you’ll find below, Questlove raves about the record and also dings Pitchfork for its terrible ratings of Childish Gambino’s previous work (they gave Camp a 1.6; Gambino should absolutely wear that as a badge of honor). Questlove should probably write every single review of Awaken, My Love!, all of which should read like his IG caption.

Stream Awaken, My Love! in full below (it’s also on Spotify here and Apple Music here), check out Questlove’s Instagram post beneath that, and further down, find Paste Cloud video from a time before Gambino was a neo-soul virtuoso.

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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.

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