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Childish Gambino Officially Shares New Album "3.15.20"

Mahlik Campbell

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Donald Glover speaks onstage during the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 25, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

One week after a low-key new album surprisingly appeared then disappeared online at donaldgloverpresents.com, Childish Gambino has shared the official version of his latest record, 3.15.20.

The title, of course, marks the date of its publishing. Most of the songs are also timestamped with the exception of the previously released “Algorhythm” and "Time," Gambino's collaborative track with Ariana Grande.

A slightly extended version of "Feels Like Summer," which appeared on the initial leak, is presented under the name "42.26."

Aside from the titles, the 12-song track list matches the order of the album that originally surfaced.

On "12.38," co-produced by Gambino and DJ Dahi, we hear 21 Savage rapping about past run-ins with the police: "The police keep harassin' 'cause I'm rich and I'm black (Straight up) / They mad 'cause I made myself a boss without crack (On God)." 

3.15.20 is available on all streaming platforms as well as donaldgloverpresents.com, where it's streaming in one continuous loop like it was last Sunday. Donald Glover Presents is still the site's header, but the four-panel landscape cartoon sketch that served as the cover art is missing.

https://twitter.com/AndyGupta21/status/1239208490243174403

Instead, there's a notebook with one and half pages of written text and a typical digital music landing page link below. The notebook holds a cryptic tale documenting a person's multiple visits with an oracle. Here's a sneak peek:

I met with an oracle on a friend's recommendation.

She cleansed me and told me three things:

Someone would die

I had a star on my head

Stay close to God

Then someone died. And my vision cleared. But I could not touch them. I felt on my own. Which had, before, always been enough.

I met w/ the oracle again in a different form. She asked me "How long do u think people wait?"

"As long as they need to?"

"They're not going to wait forever."

At the dining room table after lunch, my oldest asked "What are you looking for?" As I stared at the mountain made for someone else...

https://twitter.com/AlexSobecki/status/1241787252784717825

But wait! Around 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, the text suddenly disappeared to reveal a blank screen with just the streaming link. Hmm... 🤔

Via donaldgloverpresents.com

An interesting point of contrast with 3.15.20 is that on streaming platforms, it lies under the moniker Childish Gambino. But on the site, it's coming from Donald Glover, Gambino's legal name.

Gambino/Glover previously stated that he intends to retire Childish Gambino, noting his appreciation for endings. “I like endings, I think they’re important to progress,” he said.

Given his intentions, Brian "Z" Zisook, editor-in-chief of DJBooth, offered a compelling take on the discrepancy:

https://twitter.com/djboothEIC/status/1241740317587619842

Kick back, relax and enjoy the latest from Gambino/Glover by clicking here. ♨️