Childish Gambino’s Because The Internet Started As A Punch Line With Beck

'It was a joke, but I just kept thinking about it. I was like, it really works, so Beck gave it to me,' Donald Glover told MTV News.

It’s no secret that Donald Glover has a longstanding friendship with Beck — we heard them rapping together on “Silk Pillow” last year — but apparently, a conversation between the two artists is what inspired the title of Glover’s, a.k.a. Childish Gambino‘s upcoming album Because the Internet.

“It’s a title I thought was super appropriate, but actually, Beck gave me the title,” Gambino told MTV News this week. The former “Community” star explained that Beck was recalling earlier days in his career when alternative rock stars didn’t really talk to each other, yet he got great feedback in person from rappers. Beck was curious to know if it was still the same climate these days.

“I was like, ‘Well, actually…because the Internet — and I hate starting sentences that way,’ and [Beck's] like, ‘that should be your album title.’ It was a joke, but I just kept thinking about it. I was like, it really works, so Beck gave it to me.”

“Me and Beck, we talk, we hang, he’s a really cool dude and he really taught me a lot about music,” Gambino added.

Because the Internet is currently set for release on December 10, and the actor-turned-rapper explained that he wanted to it to be released even though his label was pushing back against it.

“If it wasn’t gonna be released then, I was gonna release it myself,” he said. “What’s the point of waiting? I feel like that’s the only time people would be able to listen to it. December is the perfect time. Albums made a really big impact on me when I was alone and everything was quiet, and I know that’s when students go home, that’s when everything is closed, so it’s a good time to just listen to something and be yourself.”

To record the album, Gambino rented out Chris Bosh’s mansion and dubbed it “The Temple,” setting in place strict house rules, which included “no Tweeting or Instagramming,” “no shoes,” and “work begins at 10 a.m.”

Thus far, the singles he’s released, such as the latest “3005” have been pegged as very dark and emotional, but he noted that some people are reading his lyrics the wrong way.

“I’ve been reading a lot of people saying. ['3005'] is about a girl, but it really isn’t,” he said. “There’s no girl in it. It’s basically about what I wrote in the Instagrams, and just life in general, it’s just about not wanting to be alone. Like at the end when I’m talking about, ‘Just hold my hand, I don’t know what to do’ — that’s because I think a lot of people feel kinda lost, because I do.”

Gambino doesn’t consider Because the Internet to be any more soul-baring than his 2011 album Camp, adding that it simply covers a different period of his life.

Camp was an album for 13-year-olds, kind of written by a 13-year-old — it was very angsty and silly, but this album I think is just about my time at NYU more. It’s more grown-up, but a lot of things on the album happened to me this past year. I don’t know if I’m more mature on this album but I definitely know more about music.”

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