Roscoe’s Wetsuit: Finding Meaning in Childish Gambino’s “Because The Internet” on the Internet

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By Dee Lockett & Confusion

At the beginning of 2012, Kanye West published a series of tweets outlining his vision for his design company DONDA. He aspired to change the world with design and he continues to push things forward with the set design on his current Yeezus tour. But there's someone else, someone influenced by Kanye, who has spent the tail-end of 2013 taking his own path and innovating. And that someone is 30-year-old Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino.

For the past four months, Donald has taken his creative ingenuity and built an alternate reality to house the rollout for his sophomore album Because the Internet, out now, and with each day we learn something new about this world. Appropriately, we're learning most of it through the Internet. Using two elaborate websites and social media, Donald has created an immersive environment that's inspiring kids internationally to do things their own teachers struggle to get them to do every day: read, think critically, engage with art, and even learn how to code. But most valuable of all, he's started an online conversation with entire websites, forums, and threads on Reddit devoted to coming together as a community to decipher all things BTI.

This alternate reality is so vast and multi-layered that it can be difficult to understand without spending a LOT of time on the Internet. To save you that investment, we've engrossed ourselves in Donald Glover's new world, the world of "The Boy," a character we just met last week when Childish released an astonishingly ambitious 73-page screenplay  to accompany the album. We read dozens of online forums, studied various theories, and combed through every aspect of Donald/CG's online life dating back to July. And with all that knowledge, we gathered everything we learned about Because the Internet from the Internet.

Because you asked for it.

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  • Devin Middleton

    This whole album rollout is gonna catapult hs career into a whole nother level. In 5 years we could be talking about him and his releases (tv shows included) on the level that we talk about Kanye now. Its doesnt even seem that long ago that he was doing freestyles on Grizzly Bear songs n now hes become one of the most adventurous artists of today that is fully aware and in control of his brand. SICK.

  • roscoe’s wetsuit

    I am just genuinely excited that he’s doing something completely different.

  • Dee Lockett

    A+ username

  • thib

    what more can i say… GAMBINO FTW

  • Brendan Guiney

    really is pure talent when an artist can link a script, a short film, and an album all to give his fans a further look into what his vision is…
    write up about childish at http://www.killastatic.wordpress.com

  • King Blake

    There’s codes on the flashdrive !! I found codes but do not know what to do with them. H E L P M E

  • roscoe

    shares codes here: …

  • King Blake

    00000063 0000072C 0000031B 0001A849 0002859C 00003203 00002D4C 000313C1 00022EC6

  • King Blake

    I do not know what to do with them tho.. If you do can you let me kno

  • Maxsur

    is it not possible that Gambino’s “the boy”, is not really fictional, or maybe just a semi-fictional representation of himself? Along the line’s of all of Hemingway’s characters, which are himself and all his love stories fictionalized just enough to be able to write it without pissiing too many people off.

    And I believe Roscoe’s Wetsuit is the embodiment of Gambino’s thoughts on life; inherently meaningless unless we prescribe it meaning.

  • Jeremy K

    All of my favorite musicians incorporate new ideas and art into their music. Gambino is a true artist.

  • Toronto is Melville

    after reading this i might buy his album

  • larae_is_bored

    as a coder by profession and avid gambino fan since Derrick Comedy/30 Rock/Community days, I am happy

  • Dagoat Man

    also, pitchfork still doesn’t like the dude

  • JabbaTheHutt

    This is wrinkling my brain!

  • Guest

    YO!!! THESE LOOK JUST LOOK JUST LIKE THE KIND OF CODES YOU WOULD USE FOR ON THOSE OLD GAMESHARK OR AR MAX CARDS TO USE HACKED CHEATS ON VIDEO GAMES! LOOK INTO IT.

  • Tyler OddFuture Cabell

    YO!!! THESE LOOK JUST LOOK JUST LIKE THE KIND OF CODES YOU WOULD USE FOR ON THOSE OLD GAMESHARK OR AR MAX CARDS TO USE HACKED CHEATS ON VIDEO GAMES! LOOK INTO IT!!!

  • Tyler OddFuture Cabell

    Here is an example of gameshark codes here: http://www.supercheats.com/playstation2/kingdomheartsiicodes.htm

  • forever childish

    if youre a professional coder then what is on the hard drive?

  • Danstein

    Could be passwords to the locked videos on his website, the ending numbers could be the page number. I remember 63 was one of the hidden pages

  • King Blake

    Already tried that. They are a type of coding for sure.

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  • Childish but had to grow up

    The entire album is encapsulated by a simple message: we are all depressed because the internet. That’s the meaning.

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  • Ryant

    If it helps shed light on any of this stuff, I wrote my AP English senior thesis on “Because the Internet” and i think i might have the best Roscoe’s Wetsuit theory yet…

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B79kbInYGbbnZy1MS1JVcGlIYzg&usp=sharing

    Shoutout to P&P, your page really helped me with my research.

  • jwwp

    “Pitchfork only like rappers that are crazy or hood, man”

  • Sean Monaghan

    I think that the boy refers to his CAMP song “that power” where he talks about getting on the bus to camp a boy, and never getting off the bus. His story at the end of the song is actually the beginning of the screenplay.

  • Matt Hanson

    gqyypyuir9
    I got that from the deep web tour blog. it looks like the names used for the audio tracks in the screenplay, i’ve tried http://static.becausetheinter.net/script/gqyypyuir9.mp3 but that didnt work I ROT13’d it and tried http://static.becausetheinter.net/script/tdllclhve9.mp3 but that didnt work.

  • Dani P

    Just two things in the description of The Boy’s room and the Gatsby parallel; he mentions old money, a common theme in the novel and the vape light glows green like the light at Daisy’s house.