Childish Gambino sits down with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg to discuss his success over the last year and why "Rap is done" as a genre.
Childish Gambino doesn't always open up in interviews, he usually lets people know how he truly feels through his music, poems, or Twitter rants. The only exception however, is when he sits down with his friend Peter Rosenberg, who gets Yung Donald to really explain himself and what he thinks about a wide range of topics. As usual, Gambino's take on most topics is quite polarizing, mainly because he doesn't feel the need to cater his views on anything to anyone.Â
On the topic of Ferguson, MO Gambino touched on how the internet only cared about what was happening for a short time. He said, "Ferguson is still happening, America is still happening, but that was when people cared 3 weeks ago. That's when people were talking about it."
When asked about the controversial poem he wrote on the subject he said, "That poem was about freedom. It really was. It was about freedom. Thatâs what I wrote and IâPeople were upset. But yeah, good. 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. Thatâs how I felt in the momentâ¦I just wanted to write aboutâI wanted to show how freedom is something thatâs so great when you feel it. Like I felt it. I feel it on stageâ¦I donât hardly remember when Iâm on stage most of the time. Cause itâs like freedom."
On the topic of his music, he looked back on hisÂ Because The Internet album and said, "Itâs a pop album essentially.Â We never wanted to make a rap album." When asked about the amount of singing he does on the album, he answered, "Iâve talked about this before. Rap is done. Rap is done. I love Hip Hop. I love rap, but the thing it was supposed to do it doesnât do anymore. Like I love it as a music. Itâs the same thing as like jazz. Jazz when it was doing what it was supposed to do. And people still listen to jazz now, but it doesnât haveâItâs not doing the social work itâs supposed to do anymore. And thatâs not because itâs gotten badâ¦Itâs just a different movement. Whatever movement is happening nowâLike I would like to think Iâm a leader of whatever movement is happening. People call it ânew black.â People call it whatever, but I donât want to name it cause itâs bs to name it. As soon as it gets named thatâs when you start marketing it. And itâs like âAh, this is hipster.â Cause hipster was cool until it became hipster...And then it became monetized. Same thing with Hip Hop. So, whatever this thing is. Whateverâs happening. Like whenever Jaden Smith tells me heâs like âIâm real excited for whateverâs happening.â He can feel it. I can feel it.â