Childish Gambino - Kauai
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Based on 6 reviews
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Based on 251 ratings
2014 Ratings: #403
Liked by 3 people
October 3, 2014 / Release Date
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A much more focused project compared to "STN MTN", it has a lot more of a lowkey and beachy concept behind it. The first three tracks are the standouts of this EP, though the other three don't quite hold up. Still, though, it's an enjoyable little project.

Fav Tracks: Sober, Pop Theives (Make It Good), Retro (Rough)

Least Fav Track: Late Night in Kauai

Very Good
I think that I can reliably say that, in my opinion, this is the 'least good' project (of the ones that I have heard) of Gambino's career.

I feel that this release leaves the listener with nothing substantial after it's surprisingly long run time.

I do feel that some tracks on here do help to make a case for this project's existence, however, these tracks are dragged down by the project's vague plot.

This does not negative my love for any of Gambino's other work, however it is disappointing ... read more
Kauai is kind of a pleasent collection of poppy r&b tracks that overstays it's welcome by the end of the EP. It's sound is very light and not that memorable, I wouldn't mind hearing it again, but in comparison with a lot of other material from Childish Gambino, 50% of this project just seems like filler, both lyrically and instrumentally. Also Donald talking over the tracks is really annoying, I don't get why he does that.
Favourite Tracks: Sober, Pop Thieves, V. 3005 - Beach Picnic ... read more
Combined STN MTN/Kauai review:

STN MTN is a mixtape that contains several firsts for Gambino. It’s a concept mixtape where Glover is asleep dreaming he “ran Atlanta”, with songs based off mostly early-to-mid 2000’s southern hip hop. The mixtape ends with Glover awaking from this dream on the Hawaiian island, Kauai. This project in a sense marked the beginning of Glover’s work on his TV show Atlanta. The mixtape contains several features and every track a different ... read more
A great finish to the 2-part mixtape with some soothing R&B.
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Track List

  1. Sober
  2. Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good) (featuring Jaden Smith)
  3. Retro (Rough)
  4. The Palisades (featuring Christian Rich)
  5. Poke (featuring Steve G. Lover III) 
  6. Late Night in Kauai (featuring Jaden Smith)
  7. V. 3005 (Beach Picnic Version)
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Added on: November 12, 2014