“Rap is done.”
That’s the prevailing theme gleaned from Childish Gambino’s in-depth interview with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg this week.
“I’ve talked about this before,” he told Rosenberg, while discussing his latest LP, Because The Internet and his upcoming mixtape. “Rap is done. Rap is done. I love hip-hop, I love rap, but the thing it was supposed to do it doesn’t do anymore. It’s not doing the social work it’s supposed to do anymore.”
According to the former “Community” actor, what made hip-hop cool was its authenticity, a concept that he and groups like Odd Future are conveying with their new movement.
“Odd Future, they sell youth,” he said. “I’m young and I don’t care. I think that can grow into this realness.”
The “3005” rapper also discussed the poem he wrote in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
“That poem was about freedom,” he said. “People were upset ... a poem should make you upset. Like when was the last time someone wrote a poem that made you feel bad, like crazy? That was my heart. That’s how I felt in the moment. Ferguson is still happening, America is still happening, but that was when people cared -- three weeks ago," he added, taking a shot at fake Twitter outrage. "That’s when people were talking about it.”
After making jokes about creating an Uber-style app geared toward black men who have trouble hailing cabs in New York City -- "blaxi" -- the Atlanta native also spoke about street cred and his similarities to Drake.
“Drake doesn’t get asked, ‘Are you hard enough?’ or anything like that even though Drake’s life is really my life,” he added. “I really grew up in the 'hood. I get it, I’m wearing a grandma sweater. But I am also a black male. I still have to wear this grandma sweater when I go see my grandma in the Bronx, who lives in a sh---y neighborhood. Where my cousin just got shot and stabbed twice in the neck hustling there.”
While fans of Gambino’s stand-up comedy will be disappointed to learn that he doesn’t want to do any at the moment, they’ll be comforted in the fact that the multi-hyphenate plans to remain true to who he is.
“I don’t wanna be the black dude you want me to be,” Gambino said, while revealing that his new mixtape will drop within the next two weeks. “I’m constantly trying to be real. I represent real, I’m trying to do real stuff.”