Even with all this goodwill stored up, I was still skeptical at the prospects of his most recent album Culdesac, recorded under the guise of Childish Gambino. Expecting something along the lines of a Lonely Island comedy-esque hip-hop album, I was pleasantly surprised to find instead, as Gambino puts it, "more Nas's Illmatic than Eddie Murphy's Delirious."
Alternating between uptempo, breezy rhymes & soft, high-register croons, Glover uses the persona of Childish Gambino to make sense of the life of someone young, gifted, famous & rich. So, while not a comedy album by any means these are still the writings of a talented comedian, and as such there is an abundance of quality punchline rhymes ("I'm in love with you / but this is not tennis // and baby stays stacked / like she bad at Tetris..").
While some of the R&B tracks fall a little flat for me, the album is solid from start to finish and definitely worth a listen -- especially since it was released online as a free download (@ http://www.culdesac-album.com/).
Overall I give Culdesac 3 out of 5 stars, although I wish that Glover had included a downloadable version of the Mystery Team-centric track, "The Stand" (posted below).