In the time before this wonderful album named Camp existed, the "actors who rap" proposition would have been all red flags. Brian Austin Green, Mr. T, Joaquin Phoenix, and many others are on the "cons" list, while the "pros" would have been Drake (barely counts, unless Degrassi: The Next Generation was your thing) and maybe AVN award-winner Dirt Nasty. These were the horrible odds Community star and comedy writer Donald Glover was up against when he took the Internet's Wu-Tang Name Generator to heart and became rapper Childish Gambino, but anyone who right-clicked on one of his 2010/2011 mixtapes can tell you, he beat those odds, and with Camp, indie rap fans won the Lotto. The gloriously different and wonderfully inspired rhymes that downloaders experienced are here once more, and Gambino's style is still that attractive blend of heartfelt and humorous or, in a nutshell, I-just-wasn't-made-for-these-times-and-yet-I-love-the-Internet with "That ain't even ironic bitch/I love Rugrats!" being a quintessential punch line/decree. He's got that Kanye-sized swagger on lock too, as the triumphant "All the Shine" struts with vibrant colors, and he's just as complicated, as the track slowly descends into self-doubt and earth tones before it fades into the soft and meek "Letter Home," all of it adding up to some kind of bizarre and ambitious bipolar backpacker suite. Nerdy wonders and insightful laughs are the reasons you want to visit Camp Gambino, but you'll stay for the lush, surprisingly large production from Glover and Ludwig Göransson, along with the thrill of untangling it all for hours on end, separating the incredibly cool moments from the touching ones and figuring out how this "actor who raps" packaged it all sensibly in a concept album about summer camp that doubles as his showcase debut. Try it and be stunned or submit to it and be satiated; Camp is like the Drake, Cudi, and Kweli camps all offered their best, but it's really just Glover and his overwhelming bundle of talent, taking indie hip-hop to new levels after spending the day working alongside Chevy Chase. Remarkable.
Performance CreditsChildish Gambino Primary Artist
Janet Leon Vocals
Erik Arvinder Violin
Thomas Drayton Bass
Ludwig Goransson Guitar,Keyboards
Donald Glover Vocals
Whitney Wood Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Technical CreditsBryan Carrigan Engineer
Erik Arvinder String Arrangements
Ludwig Goransson Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Donald Glover Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
Ryan McClure Engineer
Chris Scully Art Direction,Layout
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Camp based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Great album and good pressing
Don't buy this here. I ordered this four months ago and still haven't gotten a ship date. When I contacted customer service to get an estimate on a ship date/cancel the order, they could do neither. Looks like I'm out $17.
This is a Great Album...but don't buy from Barnes and Nobles....they said id receive this in 2 weeks and after 2 months their still was not actual ship date.....
Meet Donald Glover: The all encompassing wonder child (man) of every talent we all wish we had. The hilarious and spot-on actor, the hysterical comedian/comic, and the vivacious lyricist/rhythmic rapper with unstoppable flow. This album is another milestone for him, but I imagine it's more like another feather in his bursting cap... just another thing he accomplished passionately but with ease. Anyway, I really look up to this guy.. and cannot stop listening to this album! Keep em' coming, Glover, don't ever stop the amazingness!