Posing as a triple threat of entertainment value—actor, writer, and rapper—Donald Glover, known as Childish Gambino in the music realm, simply does not rest on his success. Nowhere is his commitment more evident than in his raps, where an early career of verses over indie rock and Adele has blossomed into a fully-fledged style, unique in its embrace of thug, soul, and hipster alike.
His successful debut album, Camp, forged a new direction that relied far more on storytelling and emotion than mainstream rap and Gambino's own style. Thankfully, for both old fans and new listeners, Royalty is a perfect fusion of Gambino's undeniable talent for clever rhymes and fast, percussive wordplay and the interesting, revealing interludes that made Camp more than just another rap album. True to a royal fashion, Gambino boasts assists from rap kings, including Ghostface Killa, RZA, and Bun B.
To breakdown Gambino's latest project, Complex got down with RapGenius to bring you The 10 Best Lines From Childish Gambino's Royalty, selected for energy, complexity, and pure humor.