Donald Glover—aka Childish Gambino—is back, for real this time. His new album, 3.15.20, is available on streaming services now.
The record, previously known as Donald Glover Presents, originally dropped on the rapper-actor’s website on March 15 before it was taken down 12 hours later. Besides the songs “Algorhythm” and “Time”—the latter is his latest collaboration with Ariana Grande—each track on the album is titled with a timestamp instead. His previously released single “Feels Like Summer” is renamed “42.26” on the tracklist. The 12-song LP also includes contributions from 21 Savage, Kadhja Bonet and Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson.
According to Billboard, Glover left a handwritten message on his website explaining the idea behind his latest album. The since-deleted letter also described his new release as his “first book,” hinting that a follow-up might be on the way. “I will bring them as brothers and sisters and share you for us, not just in our image, but in the boundless colored canopy of eternity,” Glover wrote.
In 2018, Glover announced that he was ready to retire his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino. But a year later, he told Jimmy Kimmel that he still “really love[s] making music.”
Glover’s last record as Gambino was 2016’s Awaken, My Love!. In 2018, he released the one-off single, “This is America,” which made history as the first rap song to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
Last year, he appeared on The Lion King: The Gift, the companion album to Disney’s 2019 The Lion King remake (in which he voiced Simba).
Stream 3.15.20 below: