Donald Glover, or better known as Childish Gambino, spoke to Billboard about his forthcoming album …Awaken, My Love! According to the actor and musician, the album is inspired by Parliament Funkadelic. “I remember listening to songs my dad would play — albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic — and not understanding the feeling I was feeling,” Glover says. “I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, ‘Wow, that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great.”
Glover also spoke about the parallel between today and the turbulent political climate of the 1970s. “How do you start a global revolution, really?,” asked Glover, “Is that possible with the systems we’ve set up? There’s something about that ’70s black music that felt like they were trying to start a revolution.” Check out the full interview here, and listen to …Awaken, My Love!‘s first single “Me and Your Mama” here snd its second single “Redbone” here.