You can't escape Donald Glover. He owns the air you breathe, the water you drink, the music you stream. As one of pop culture's expectation setters, he has the unique ability to deliver the unexpected. He did it with Atlanta, and he's done it again with his new album "Awaken, My Love!".
This album is funky as hell, contains no rapping, and is streaming for free on platforms like SoundCloud. Glover didn't owe anybody another rap album, but to come through with some top-grade soul vibes like this will surely have his peers on notice, even if he's yet to reach the peak of his powers.
"There was a time before you, and there will be a time after you," Glover says near the end of the six-minute serenade to his newborn son. It's apparent that "Baby Boy" is much more than an ode to family; it's an affirmation that Glover is aware of his place in the grand scheme, and will continue to defy convention on his journey.