Childish Gambino - Heartbeat

Posted 4 years ago
Producer:
Childish Gambino
Album:
Camp

A fresh, bracing and defiantly real release from an artist whom many had previously pegged as a comedy rapper, Childish Gambino‘s debut LP seems destined to be remembered as one of 2011’s dopest surprises. For those who still haven’t gotten the memo, new single Heartbeat offers a hint of the emotional complexity to be found in the man’s work. Half electro/house-informed dancefloor-scorcher, half crestfallen breakup jam, the record finds Glover juxtaposing stuttering synth-bass and four-on-the-floor percussion with haunting piano chords as he offers a painfully relatable account of his ambivalence toward a past love. Sleepwalking through his current relationship out of a refusal to move on (“So I’m chillin’ with my girlfriend, but she not my real girlfriend…”), he maintains an ambiguous relationship with his ex that only serves to aggravate his feelings of hurt and confusion: “Are we dating? Are we f*cking? / Are we best friends, are we something in between that? / I wish we never f*cked… but not really.” Complete with Gambino’s own vocals on the hook, this emotionally-fraught cut should strike a chord with anyone who’s ever struggled with letting go. For more, check out the artist’s Camp LP, out now in stores and online.

Childish Gambino AlternativeClubMusic VideosR And B Pop

Written by
Posted 4 years ago
Get The PLUG app by DJBooth and get the best hip-hop writing and news delivered daily.

More from Childish Gambino

Featured Video

Hip Hop News

Forget the VMAs, These Are the Best Music Videos of 2016

MTV doesn't air music videos but they give out awards for them? Nah, here are some truly outstanding visuals this year. Read More
Posted 53 minutes ago by Yoh

Meek Mill’s Make-Or-Break “Dreamchasers 4” Coming This Fall

Producer Jahlil Beats confirms that the MMG rapper's long-awaited mixtape will be released this fall. Read More
Posted one hour ago by William E. Ketchum III

Jeremih Has a New Song with Chance The Rapper, Teases “Late Nights” Trilogy

Fresh off the release of his "Late Nights - Europe" project the veteran Chicago artist is already back in the studio. Read More
Posted 2 hours ago by DJ Z

I’m Not Excited About Travis Scott’s “Birds in the Trap” & That’s OK

The world's seems to be anxiously awaiting Travis' album on August 5, but I might literally be asleep when it drops. Read More
Posted 19 hours ago by Nathan S.

Why YG Got “Two Biggest White Rappers” in Macklemore & G-Eazy for “FDT (Pt. 2)”

YG didn’t pull any punches when asked why he brought in G-Eazy and Macklemore for the "FDT (Pt. 2)." Read More
Posted 20 hours ago by William E. Ketchum III

Waka Flocka “Not a Friend” of Gucci Mane

While the world celebrates Gucci's homecoming, the rift between him and Waka is still too big to cross. Read More
Posted about 21 hours ago by Nathan S.
Sample Text - Sample Link
0:00
3:00
Shrink
Hide

TRENDING NOW



Flame

TOP 20 MUSIC CHARTS


Discover the best new songs, videos, and albums added to the Booth.