Childish Gambino

Rapper Childish Gambino (also known as Donald Glover, former cast member of cult sitcom “Community”) just dropped an 18-song mixtape, his first big release since last year’s hit album “Because The Internet.” That wouldn’t generally be something we write about, but at the end of tape Glover name-drops seven members of the tech community after making the appropriate shout-outs to the DJs and radio producers who provided support throughout the mixtape’s creation.

The techies Glover mentions at the end of the track “Go DJ” run the gamut from founders to VCs. Glover mentions StyleSeat CEO Melody McCloskey, Redpoint partner Ryan Sarver, Brainard Capital CEO Owen Brainard, Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Square CEO Jack Dorsey, and NewME Accelerator CEO Angela Benton.

Glover isn’t just calling out these techies out of nowhere — he’s been involved with the tech community for years, something that’s had a direct impact on his musical career. Back in March, Glover opened his “Because The Internet” tour with a VIP concert for Automattic employees where he revealed an Automattic-built app that let tour attendees post messages and drawings to a screen behind Glover on-stage.

Between Apple’s purchase of Beats, Intel’s partnership with 50 Cent’s SMS Audio, and Nas’ activity in the world of VC (he also curated today’s Product Hunt collection), it seems that this year, the rap and tech worlds are colliding more than ever. Still, this collision is going to lead to some awkwardness. Here’s an excerpt from the Rap Genius lyrics for “Go DJ” — it seems that Gambino fans aren’t very familiar with his techie friends:

rap genius Childish Gambino

Personally, I can’t wait for Dre to drop the inevitable single about being the first billionaire still in the game.

You can listen to the track in the embedded playlist below:

IMAGE BY Childish Gambino