This past Friday I got the chance to trek down to Atlantic City for the Childish Gambino concert. First of all, if you haven’t listened to Gambino yet you have been missing out. He hasn’t put out any physical releases yet, but his online mixtapes have been nothing short of awesome. His 2010 release Culdesac put him on the map and he hasn’t slowed down since. 2011 saw him release E.P. and on November 15th his first full length album, Camp, will drop in stores and online. Needless to say I was real pumped to check out his show last weekend, and he did not disappoint. Check out pics and vids from the show below.
The show was at the House of Blues in the Showboat Casino. For those of you who haven’t been there, the venue is pretty sick. It provides a very intimate setting between performer and crowd. Whether you are in the front row or back by the sound-stage, you’re going to get a sick spot. Doors opened at 8:00 and we headed in, but much to our dismay Gambino didn’t show up on stage until just before 10:30. Frustrations were building but he came out and the place went nuts. Hell, after waiting two and a half hours, I might’ve went nuts for anyone coming out on stage.
After the long wait, Gambino came out and the place blew up. He started out with a pretty hard track, Hero, off of Culdesac and the night only got better from here. Hero is a perfect, energy filled song to start off a set with and he followed it up with arguably his best song, Freaks and Geeks. At that point you knew it was going to be a wild night. If he’s playing his biggest song as the second in the set, you know he’s going to tear it up from here on out.
He played the perfect combination of hits and new songs, which the crowd totally ate up. Usually you get bummed out when you hear the artist announce he’s going to play a new song, but it was the opposite with Childish Gambino. Everyone was so pumped to hear some new music from Camp that they totally welcomed it. Songs like Bonfire and Heartbeat are promising signs of just how good Childish Gambino can be as a rapper. Then he busted out a wild song, a song that had everyone going nuts, called You See Me (U.C.L.A.). The lyrics were posted up on stage by a projector making it easy for the crowd to sing along with the wildly funny/inappropriate/awesome lyrics.
I’m willing to make a bold statement here and say that Childish Gambino / Donald Glover is one of the best up- and-coming rappers out there today. He brings a crazy energy to every song he performs. It’s hard not to love his passion. If he comes to your town and you have a chance to see him, do it. You won’t regret it. Camp drops on November 15th and if the album is anywhere near as good as the songs sounded live it’s not going to disappoint.