Childish Gambino has revealed new song ‘Telegraph Ave’, the latest track to be lifted from his forthcoming second album ‘Because The Internet’, which is released on December 9.
The album, which will feature 19 tracks, including collaborations with Chance The Rapper and Azealia Banks, is Gambino’s follow-up to his 2011 debut LP ‘Camp’. ‘Telegraph Ave’ is the fourth track to be heard from the album after ‘Worldstar’, ‘3005’ and ‘Shadows’ all found their way online.
The rapper tweeted about leaking the song online and also expressed his dismay at the fact blogs hosting the track were being asked to remove the song. At the time of writing, the WeTransfer file linked to by the rapper in his tweets is still active.
— Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) November 27, 2013
blogs are getting notices for posting my songs. fuck web sheriffs. post my music it everywhere. my music is/should be free.
— Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) November 28, 2013
Last month (October) Childish Gambino posted a hand-written seven-page letter on Instagram listing his anxieties and desires for his new album. The rapper, comedian and former Community actor detailed a list of fears, saying he’s scared that “people hate who I really am” and that people would find out “what I masturbate to”. Most surprising of all, however, was his admission that he “didn’t leave Community to rap” and how he “doesn’t want to rap”.
He later explained the letter in an interview with NME, insisting: “I’m not having a personality crisis, more like a personality burst.” He also confirmed that he is not actually giving up his music career – but simply objects to calling himself a “rapper”.
“I just don’t like the term ‘rapper’. It exists but I’m definitely not a rapper,” he explained. “Rap is all balances of coolness and who can do the most with just their bravado. I don’t have that. That’s not my game. I’m not going to make certain things ‘cool’. But it means that I am going where rappers can’t go.”