Fans have been awaiting the release of Childish Gambino's latest album since he first announced his Pharos event at Joshua Tree over the summer. Now that "Awaken, My Love" is finally here, people are still digesting Gambino's new direction and figuring out how they feel.
While many people quickly took to social media to let their followers know whether or not they enjoyed "Awaken, My Love," Questlove took a moment to share his reactions to his first listen in a long Instagram post. Anyone who has been following Questlove for some time knows that whenever he likes something, there will most likely be long post written about it via Instagram as soon as possible. Just last month, Questlove shared his raving review of A Tribe Called Quest's final album, and now he's back with more.
Shortly after the release of "Awaken, My Love," Questlove began his statement admitting how shocked he was by the sound of Childish Gambino's new album. "Dude I'm so fucked up right now," he started. "I can't even form the proper hyperbolic sentence to explain to D'Angleo why I woke him up at 4am to listen to this." He went onto share how blown away he was by revealing that he hadn't been so stunned by an album he wasn't expecting since Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. "I thought I was getting some fresh millennial 2016 hip hop shit and I got sucker punched."
Read his full reaction below.
Dude I'm so fucked up right now. I can't even form the proper hyperbolic sentence to explain to D'angleo why I woke him up at 4am to listen to this. I'm like---when is the last time someone sucker punched me on this level.....I mean I knew #AroundTheWorldInADay was coming & it was a left turn---I'm about to blow the wigs off music historians... but I thought I was getting some fresh millennial 2016 hip hop shit and I got sucker punched. The last sucker punch in black music I remember in which NOONE had a clue what was coming was Sly's #TheresARiotGoinOn---read my IG about it (the flag)---I'm writing in real time cause ---Jesus Christ the co-author of #WearwolfBarmitzvah just SONNED the shit outta me. In the best way possible. I was NOT expecting a trip to Detroit circa 1972 at United Sound Studios. I haven't written or been stunned by an album I wasn't expecting since that time I got an advance of #BackToBlack. The music is so lush man, I can see the kaleidoscope color mesh of the #Westbound logo. Dude I can't curb my enthusiasm. All I know is if #P4k try to play him again with these ratings there WILL be a riot goin on.
A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Dec 2, 2016 at 12:52am PST