Song of the Day #3,137: ‘You See Me’ – Childish Gambino

childish_gambino_campDonald Glover is a TV god, as his stint on Community and auteurship of Atlanta make clear.

I find Childish Gambino more of a mixed bag. I adored his first full-length album, Camp, but couldn’t get through his second, Because the Internet. I like what I’ve heard of “Awaken, My Love!” so far and need to check it out in full.

Today’s SOTD is from Camp and it’s a fine example of Gover’s lyrical and verbal dexterity. Just take a look at the entry for ‘You See Me’ to get an appreciation for how many double and triple meanings he packs into his songs.

I’m on my ballin’ each and every day
Asian girls everywhere, UCLA
You see me babe? You see me babe?
Asian girls everywhere, UCLA

[Verse 1]
I’m on my ish, call it
I watch these haters take they shots like they were alcoholics
“What is he wearing? Somebody jack that fool’s steeze”
If I’m a faggot spell it right, I got way more than two G’s
Nigga I’m amazing, I’m a phenom
I’m assassin, I’mma kill y’all
I’mma say ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa
And this shit’s closed now cause I ball too hard
And I’m cumming on her face, have I gone too far?
I don’t know, who cares, I don’t love that broad
And it’s funny how these fake niggas always act hard
I’m a black star in a black car with a black card
They wanna knock me out
They tryin nigga
Realest motherfucker in the game like Tron, nigga
Forget these white girls
I need some variation
Especially if she very Asian
She got an ugly friend? Roll solo
Can I stay at your place? No hobo
Not my fault, man, these ladies love me
She’s an overachiever cause all she do is succeed

I’m on my ballin’ each and every day
Asian girls everywhere, UCLA
You see me babe? You see me babe?
Asian girls everywhere, UCLA

[Verse 2]
Send me naked pics, I’mma Tumbl that
I’m the shit, been the shit, fuck a humble brag
Yeah we pushin’ that, and her pussycat
I got swag out my ass so I’m usin’ that
Texting with Olivia Munn, hopefully she’ll give me some
Or some Rosie Jones, man
Hoes is hoes is hoes, man
Racks on racks on racks, man
All I got is tracks, man
Sorry for my accent, but I’ve been practicin’
Everywhere ya go niggas blastin’ that Gambino
Niggas be like, “You ain’t know?”
Bitches be like, “You ain’t know?”
Met this fly Latino
Hope that she eighteen though
If she not, I’ll say that I got deep throat in Heathrow

I’m on my ballin’ each and every day
Asian girls everywhere, UCLA
You see me babe? You see me babe?
Asian girls everywhere, UCLA

[Verse 3]
Told me I was shit, but that shit couldn’t stop me
Nigga still hungry, black Kobayashi
When I talk about you I hear a “Who?” like Horton
I was born for this shit, you a rappin’ abortion
Can we hear the N-word one day and not get upset?
Can we try something new and not be suspect?
I don’t really know, we fucked up bad
You don’t wanna see my dudes when they get mad
I got a bunch of jackanapes at the back of me
That’ll lacerate anyone in the back of a matinee
And laugh while they masturbatin’ all over your beaten body
Sick Boi forever, that Suburban Illuminati
Naw nigga, yeah, we never stop
No period like menopause
No period like, “Oh shit! Am I the only one you sleepin’ with?”
“Am I the only one you sleepin’ with?”

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,137: ‘You See Me’ – Childish Gambino

  1. Dana says:

    As Daniel is an ardent Childish Gambino (and Glover) fan, he has played a number of songs for me from each album. From what I’ve heard, the new album is more sophisticated, at least musically, and shows his growth as a musical artist.

  2. Amy says:

    The song isn’t linked :(. Many a car ride finds me listening to some variation of “I need some variation especially if she’s Asian,” and I agree the new album, of which I was initially skeptical, is quite good. A few of the songs have really grown on me. No doubt the man is wickedly talented and has an original voice.

  3. Daniel (the cool guy) says:

    Clay, first off let me say I too love his debut album and find him phenomenal in all areas of life. However, I don’t understand why you didn’t like Because the Internet as much. In that album he is playing more of a character that represents a lot of what he believes in, but musically and lyrically I think its just as superb as the first one. In particular tracks like “Flight of the Navigator” and “Telegraph Ave. Oakland” and “Shadows” would be a few of my favorites on the album, but I honestly love the whole thing. Though I understand perhaps it’s not as earnest as the debut, I think his artistry shines through on that record. As for the new album, I find it astounding whenever I listen to it. The musicianship alone is immaculate and after looking through the lyrics that are sometimes hard to hear, this album is right up there with the other 2. I really hope he keeps releasing music because he’s always got something special to offer. BTW, though I love Camp, this isn’t my favorite song off of it. ;P

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