Shoutout to Reddit once again for (a) being the best Donald Glover fans on the internet, and (b) apparently spotting a new Childish Gambino album titled Awaken, My Love, coming Dec. 2, which is less than a month away, which, OMG. Gambino's most recent studio drop, the sophomore LP Because the Internet, dropped three years ago next month.
What's the evidence? First, an Amazon Canada listing with no photo or info besides a $15.25 list price and the fact that it's on Glassnote, Gambino's label home. Ditto for Amazon Germany, ditto for AllMusic.com. Next, Awaken, My Love was listed as a Dec. 2 release release on a What's New chalkboard at an f.y.e. store (unclear where).
Gambino debuted a new project, possibly Awaken, My Love, at his PHAROS "album experience" event in Joshua Tree in September, days before his massively critically acclaimed TV series Atlanta premiered on FX.
Gambino hasn't just been missing on the studio front for awhile: it's been more than two years since he's released any solo music, with the two-for-one STN MTN mixtape and Kauai EP arriving in October 2014. (That's where the single "Sober" came from, plus two collabs with Jaden Smith.)
Perhaps another point toward the legitimacy of a year-end release for Awaken, My Love: Glover made a personal point of dropping Because the Internet in December, writing in October 2013:
"The label doesn’t want me to release in December because it’s not a holiday record and I’m not a big artist. I started the record last christmas. Christmas always made me feel lonely, but it helped me restart the new year. I want people to this album when everythings closed. When everything slows down and quiet. So you can start over."
Stay tuned for confirmation on Awaken, My Love. While you wait, listen to last week's episode of Fuse's Back of the Class podcast discussing why Gambino's one of the most underrated rappers going, and check out an old school interview where he tells us why he's "hip-hop's dirty little secret":