It’s still a little bit hard for me to get my head around the fact that Donald Glover, that funny guy from Community, has a semi-serious rap project, but it becomes more tangible to me with each new track I hear. Sure, Childish Gambino is meant to be goofy, but Mr. Glover is better than most at marrying comedy with actual good rapping.
He was probably thinking more about the “comedy” aspect of things when he asked fellow NBC star Tina Fey to guest on his new mixtape Royalty, but I’m quite glad he did. After Glover gets done extolling the virtues of investing in real estate on the aptly titled track “Real Estate,” Tina (or maybe her 30 Rock rap alter ego, Lemonem) swoops in to deliver a smoking hot verse about hardwood floors, environmentally friendly cars, and shopping at Nordstrom. She ends with an awkward refusal to say “the n-word,” which satirizes Liz Lemon‘s nervous political correctness and actual white rappers who do say the n-word (ahem, V-Nasty) in equal measure. Here’s the full text of her verse:
Yeah we in here, we in this thing
Gambino is forever, royalty is forever
We ballin’ till we fuckin up the hardwood, homie
This the life we live, son
My president is black and my Prius is blue, motherfucker
Royalty all day, we droppin’ racks at Nordstrom, son
That’s racks on racks dammit, you feel me? You feel me?
This is the part where most people would say something crazy and drop the n-word after it
Not going to, not gonna do that, I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE!
And here’s the actual audio (she comes in around the five minute mark):