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  • Summary: The second studio album for comedy writer and Community actor Donald Glover was coproduced with Ludwig Goransson.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. It's less surefire than Culdesac. But it's more satisfying emotionally.
  2. 90
    Gambino can really rap. Scratch that; he can really, really rap, plus sing and emote and put on a show better than 90% of his hip-hop counterparts.
  3. Dec 2, 2011
    80
    Gambino's strength is also his weakness. As a TV writer and a comedian he's naturally focused on punchlines and creating moments, which at his best is enormously entertaining and at the worst forced
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    70
    CAMP is an imperfect album, to be sure, one that both succeeds on its incongruities and occasionally stumbles on them.
  5. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2011
    60
    Producer Ludwig Goransson imbues the beats with a comparable degree of pomp, although we could have done without diversions into cheesy Swede-pop. [Jan 2012 p.88]
  6. Nov 15, 2011
    60
    For a dude who gets big laughs on NBC's Community, Donald Glover sure fiends for approval on his debut.
  7. Dec 2, 2011
    16
    While Glover's exaggerated, cartoonish flow and overblown pop-rap production would be enough to make Camp one of the most uniquely unlikable rap records of this year (and most others), what's worse is how he uses heavy topics like race, masculinity, relationships, street cred, and "real hip-hop" as props to construct a false outsider persona.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. Feb 2, 2012
    10
    Camp is one of the best debut hip-hop albums that I can recall since possibly Kanye's "The College Dropout." I really don't understand howCamp is one of the best debut hip-hop albums that I can recall since possibly Kanye's "The College Dropout." I really don't understand how Pitchfork can bash this album so hard. Glover's style is truly fresh and unique. One of my favorites of the year. Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2012
    10
    fantastic laid back rap album . fresh new beats and new style. he can rap make beats and preform comedy well. If your looking for an nonfantastic laid back rap album . fresh new beats and new style. he can rap make beats and preform comedy well. If your looking for an non hardcore but still good album this one would be a good choice. one of the most underrated rap albums of 2011 Expand
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    10
    This CD is amazing. I've been listening to Gambino's mixed tapes and EPs for a while and have been waiting for this CD to drop. I gotta sayThis CD is amazing. I've been listening to Gambino's mixed tapes and EPs for a while and have been waiting for this CD to drop. I gotta say the wait was worth it. Camp is like Tha Carter and Man on the Moon combined. It's got the rhymes and rhythm of Wayne and the emotion and flow of Cudi. Just a great album all around Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2013
    10
    This album is simply amazing. I just found about Childish Gambino recently, and I've been loving his music ever since. This album gets a 10/10This album is simply amazing. I just found about Childish Gambino recently, and I've been loving his music ever since. This album gets a 10/10 from me. I can't wait for his next album. Expand
  5. Nov 20, 2011
    9
    "Camp" is Childish Gambino's strongest offering yet, hands down. His songs are real reflections on the real life of a real dude, and he has no"Camp" is Childish Gambino's strongest offering yet, hands down. His songs are real reflections on the real life of a real dude, and he has no problem calling it like he sees it. Donald Glover is honing his musical style, and this album shows how very close he is to perfection. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    7
    This is more of a 7.5 than a 7, but it was a pretty good cd. Obviously the 3 popular tracks (bonfire, all the shine, heartbeat) are greatThis is more of a 7.5 than a 7, but it was a pretty good cd. Obviously the 3 popular tracks (bonfire, all the shine, heartbeat) are great songs, but some of the other songs got a little dull. I commend CG for doing what he wanted to do, and i hope he tours near me Expand
  7. Dec 15, 2016
    3
    I am a very big Donald Glover fan, however this one he just didn't deliver. Songs like heartbeat come off as a bad Kanye/Drake impersonationI am a very big Donald Glover fan, however this one he just didn't deliver. Songs like heartbeat come off as a bad Kanye/Drake impersonation (to me at least) and I struggle to take much of the content seriously. Was disappointed by this album, however he has certainly shown growth and improvement in his more recent releases. Expand

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