Earlier this week, our favorite actor/comedian/rapper/singer Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) dropped a dual mixtape and EP called STN MTN/KAUAI, proving that time and time again we never know what to expect from Donald. Following him during his dream, STN MTN gives fans a taste of Childish Gambino’s Atlanta blood, while KAUAI represents Gambino’s calmer side once he wakes up from his dreams.
The mixtape, STN MTN, is a Gangsta Grillz project. For those that don’t know, Gangsta Grillz is a series of mixtapes produced by Atlanta’s DJ Drama, where artists rap their own verses over other popular songs beats/mixes for promotional reasons. The tape is Gambino’s homage to his hometown of Stone Mountain, Georgia and presents Gambino in a new light outside of the typical “white rapper” image that most attribute to him. The music on STN MTN is hype, bumping, and meant for a car with a system. As Gambino channels his “dirty South” Atlanta side on this tape, we will have to see what fans think. I, for one, feel that true fans of Gambino will be in love with STN MTN and play it non-stop.
But, of course, Donald wasn’t going to forget his fans who have fallen in love with his pop influences since “Heartbeat.” After jamming out to the beats of STN MTN, the calm and peaceful EP, KAUAI, rears its beautiful head. The EP is named after the Hawaiian island and features laid back beats and easy lyrics. Putting you in the mind of laying on the beach, KAUAI features “3005 (Beach Picnic Version)” – a revamp of the because the internet hit. Not just a new EP for Childish Gambino, the project also introduces Jaden Smith as The Boy.