Because the Internet

Childish Gambino - Because the Internet
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Based on 25 reviews
2013 Ratings: #974 / 1074
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2013 Ratings: #180
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Connecting with the album is nearly impossible, understanding it is difficult, and often enough, its inflated ego is irksome, but Because the Internet is too free and fascinating to be dragged down by these complaints, so if a Yeezus with more flash and fun is what's required, Gambino's got the good stuff.


It's one of the least cohesive hip-hop records of the year, but it's that incoherent nature that makes it so compelling. 


Anxious introverts may recognize what Childish Gambino does here, repeatedly: flit around, try to be sociable, but then flee. Childish Gambino still manages to mostly hold our attention, though, because he concerns himself instead with his own terms.

A.V. Club

Most of these developments are steps in the right direction, yet there are still areas where Because The Internet falters: It indulges far too often in dubstep tendencies.


It’s all very ambitious, but experiencing Because the Internet as the artist intended requires an hour of fully plugged in attentive reading, embedded Youtube clip viewing, and listening. On its own, Because the Internet’s album component breaks a number of Childish Gambino’s poor rap habits. 

The Line of Best Fit

Where his debut was crude, cartoonish and silly, this effort is faux-reflective, misguided and ultimately collapses under the weight of a concept that’s almost impossible to make sense of. 

The Needle Drop

While Because The Internet is much more likable and ambitious than Childish Gambino's last commercial effort, Camp, this album is not without its hangups.

Consequence of Sound

This reveal, that everything has been in character, doesn’t make the immaturity of the music acceptable. It’s the artistic equivalent of throwing up a brick from the three-point line and goofily claiming, “I meant to miss.”


It sounds like nothing more than a talented guy reciting erratic ideas and fragments of phrases scrawled on unconnected Post-it notes, over production cooked up by himself and cohort Ludwig Goransson with the apparent intention of combining every genre of music ever made available on a torrent site — often in the same song. 

This was one of the first rap albums I listened to, still great to this day :)
i had to force myself through it. the whole album feels like it was a desperate attempt to be special and "different" all while sounding very messy and boring in the process. sweatpants is dope though.
Best Track: Crawl, WORLDSTAR, The Worst Guys, Sweatpants, The Party, No Exit, Flight of The Navigator, or Life: The Biggest Troll
Worst Track: Urn
Most Overrated Track: 3005
Most Underrated Track: Death By Numbers

NOTE: This album got better with multiple listens
Very underappreciated album. I just realized this album made Rich Brian take-up music as a career, and the influence is largely obvious. Their vocals, especially on tracks like 3005 and Sins sounds nearly identical. Gambino's rapping style is wild, emotive, and largely exciting for someone who's main gig isn't even rapping. He goes into his lower vocal register at times which also inspired Brian's career.

Coming to the album itself, this is way more accessible than his previous effort Camp. ... read more
A lot of growth has gone into the career of Donald Glover/Childish Gambino over the last decade plus that has transformed him into one of the biggest personalities in popular media. Where Camp was still an album marked by moments of immaturity that haven't gracefully aged, Because The Internet was a step into the realm of maturity and creativity we know from Gambino today, although not entirely.

There are definitely moments of the old Gambino across this record, with witty lyricism that is at ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Library (Intro)
  2. I. The Crawl
  3. II. worldstar
  4. Dial Up
  5. I. The worst guys (feat. Chance The Rapper)
  6. II. shadows
  7. III. telegraph (“Oakland” by Lloyd)
  8. IV. sweatpants
  9. V. 3005
  10. Playing Around Before The Party Starts
  11. I. The Party
  12. II. no exit
  13. Death By Numbers
  14. I. Flight of The Navigator
  15. II. zealots of stockholm (free information)
  16. III. umm
  17. I. pink toes (feat. Jhene Aiko)
  18. II. earth: The oldest computer (The last night) [feat. Azealia Banks]
  19. III. life: The biggest troll (andrew auernheimer)
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Added on: November 23, 2013