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