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  • Summary: The second full-length studio release for actor/rapper Donald Glover as Childish Gambino features guest appearances from Jhene Aiko, Azealia Banks, and Chance the Rapper.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Dec 17, 2013
    80
    Because The Internet shows off his full array of talent (writer, musician, comedian) and makes him stand out from the rest.
  2. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    He hasn't quite perfected his talents, but it's far and away the best work he's done as Gambino yet.
  3. Dec 30, 2013
    75
    The surrounding flutter of puzzle pieces adds depth, but the record still stands on its own as a bold statement on modern life and the cold distance technology places between human relationships.
  4. Dec 10, 2013
    67
    Because The Internet finally shows that Donald Glover is serious about his music, and he’s willing to take some chances to make sure that Childish Gambino can grow as an artist.
  5. Dec 9, 2013
    60
    Even though Because The Internet is kind of strange and kind of a bummer, it does show Glover’s range as a musician.
  6. Dec 12, 2013
    58
    Because the Internet is a nobly expansive attempt at plumbing the catacombs of social media for meaning and exploring the gap between the performative avatars we present as our online selves and the offline realities of our lives, but like the Twitter hounds and comment section warriors it speaks to and about, it could ultimately do well with a little less multitasking.
  7. Dec 10, 2013
    20
    Maybe the entire album is a meme itself, a grand existential joke critiquing the all-conquering rise of Internet culture by parodying its overwhelming randomness. Whatever it is, though, it's a bad rap record.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 68
  2. Negative: 5 out of 68
  1. Dec 10, 2013
    10
    I think Donald has created a very involved project. I love the songs, his production across this entire record is impressive. I thought theI think Donald has created a very involved project. I love the songs, his production across this entire record is impressive. I thought the addition of this fake "rapper rich kid/drug dealer" character was refreshing. It's a different take on a concept album, and if you enjoy the screenplay and movies he's created then you will love the album much more. Amazing work from Gambino. I love the whole vibe. Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2018
    10
    DONALD GLOVER IS A GENIUS! He is the definition of can't stop, won't stop. That is all.
  3. Dec 3, 2016
    10
    What can I say about this project? This is a rap album full of many different sounds, from the opening punch-line, hard hitting "Crawl", toWhat can I say about this project? This is a rap album full of many different sounds, from the opening punch-line, hard hitting "Crawl", to the R&B exotic "Telegraph Ave", to the guitar, Frank Ocean esque "Flight of the Navigator", to the dance, electronic "Earth: The Oldest Computer". 3 years later and this album holds up and is a sleeper, cult classic. If you enjoy the sound of the album, I encourage you to read the screenplay, as the album is rooted into the screenplay and together create a unique concept album. Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2014
    9
    This album is amazing it is filled with well produced instrumentals to the songs Gambino also dabbles into some new flows with this album thatThis album is amazing it is filled with well produced instrumentals to the songs Gambino also dabbles into some new flows with this album that he delivered very well, the features (Problem, Chance the Rapper, Jhene Aiko) are on point. But the best way to listen to the album and get a full understanding and visual of what he's saying read the script, becausetheinter.net Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2013
    9
    This is a very amazing album. It is pretty experimental, and it's an acquired taste. But this is definitely one of my favorite albums of theThis is a very amazing album. It is pretty experimental, and it's an acquired taste. But this is definitely one of my favorite albums of the year. And the content is just so relateable and deep. The internet seems to hate Gambino strictly because of "Camp." But this is a monster improvement. I love this album, and most people that respect art and good music, will like this too. Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2014
    8
    This album seems to be underrated by skeptics and misunderstood by critics. The album is different than most rap albums; that is withoutThis album seems to be underrated by skeptics and misunderstood by critics. The album is different than most rap albums; that is without question. Honestly, I wouldn't exactly consider this a rap album. I feel that the need to classify an album under a single genre is a bit arbitrary--it has a purpose, but is largely unnecessary. Most Gambino fans will enjoy and probably learn to love this album. Critics are calling it 'random," but I find that the theme and message is consistent throughout; that is, loneliness and anonymity. The internet is a realm where every voice can make noise, yet none be heard. A place where a person with no reputation, and no respect, can contribute to the review of a musical album. Critics are looking too much for a social commentary on the internet, and less at how CG cites and portrays the personal feelings the internet evokes. The album tells the first person story of a damaged character; a character damaged because the internet. Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2016
    0
    This isn't a rap album which is a bummer. Glover can be amazing when he isn't being self-indulgent both in lyrics and flow. His clever lyricsThis isn't a rap album which is a bummer. Glover can be amazing when he isn't being self-indulgent both in lyrics and flow. His clever lyrics drive a flow he iterated from Drake, but was still good. This album seems designed to a appeal to hipsterhop heads who will call it the most innovative rap album of the year because Glover is a rapper. It's Glover screaming "I'm a serious adult." Glover doesn't actually "spit a verse" anywhere on this weird 70's inspired album. The result is epically boring. Maybe if you're high and need a soundtrack for a nap this is the record of the rear, but if you're looking for something like old Childish Gambino then this will massively disappoint. Expand

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