* EightPointEight: The masters of this trope, Pitchfork, gave ''Camp'' probably its lowest professional review (1.6). Rather appropriate, since at least one song on the album makes fun of Pitchfork.
** Likewise, ''WebVideo/TheNeedleDrop'' gave it a similarly oddly extreme rating of [=2/10=], lower than Chief Keef's album. The comments on the video are pretty entertaining.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: On "Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)", there is a brief clip of a woman saying "I'm a freaky bitch. 5 foot 8, 390, and I am a freaky bitch."
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcOInW2b2DI It's from a Worldstar video.]]
* BrokenBase: ''"Awaken, My Love!"'' seems to have fractured Bino's fanbase two singles in due to the radical stylistic shift. The fact that there is reportedly no rapping on the album according to those who have heard the full album doesn't help.
* CrazyAwesome: Bino's dancing in the "Sober" video. Bino in general in that video.
* CreatorBreakdown: A lot of people think he's had one while working on ''Because the Internet'', due to his demeanor in interviews, quitting {{Series/Community}}, and posting a rather disturbing post on Instagram containing his biggest fears.
** Not to mention how he's "blacked out" his social media accounts, except his Facebook and Soundcloud. Even his websites ("childishgambino.com", "iamdonald.com", and even "becausetheinter.net") have been "blacked out". Whether this is because of the implied breakdown leading to his ReclusiveArtist aspect or is a part of the idea of ''because the internet'''s theme, is unknown.
* CriticalDissonance: A weird example. At the beginning of his career, critics generally liked him while the musical community considered him a joke rapper for people who didn't really take hip-hop seriously. Now it's the reverse- ''because the internet'' was the subject of huge excitement following its release (even reaching #4 on [[http://rapgenius.com/Rap-genius-top-20-rap-albums-of-2013-annotated the annual RapGenius best-of-the-year poll]]), but was received with a shrug by critics. ''"Awaken, My Love!"'' seems to have finally achieved but critical and commercial acclaim, being his highest charting album to date.
* CriticalResearchFailure: [[http://www.allmusic.com/album/because-the-internet-mw0002586630 The Allmusic review of]] ''because the internet,'' while largely positive, seems to have been written under the impression that "Sweatpants" (i.e. the song designed to demonstrate what a spoiled JerkAss The Boy is) is autobiographical.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[AwesomeMusic/ChildishGambino See here.]]
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Gambino himself within the indie/alternative rap scene.
** "The Longest Text Message Ever" and "Lights Turned On" in terms of songs (the former never appeared on an album and the latter was the penultimate track on a free online EP, but both are fan favorites).
** "Shadows" has been gaining a status as arguably the most underrated song on ''BTI''.
* EpicRiff: The recurring distorted, pitched voice sample in the background of "Lights Turned On." The synths count as well.
** "All the Shine".
** "L.E.S." has an epic ''violin'' riff, of all things. The ominous synth line in the chorus qualifies too.
** There's a weird, near-incomprehensible vocal snippet that recurs throughout "Zealots of Stockholm"'s industrial middle section. And it is ''awesome.''
** "Sober" has the recurring keyboard riff as well as the guitar in the chorus.
** "Kids" has xylophone and violin riffs.
** "Redbone" has a TameImpala style guitar instrumental with bends and slides closing it out.
* EvenBetterSequel: ''because the internet'' is a lot more sophisticated than anything he's done previously, incorporating elements of [[{{Industrial}} industrial rap]], [[TrapMusic trap,]] [[PsychedelicRock psychedelic,]] and [[{{Ambient}} ambient music.]] Lyrically, it's a lot more diverse as well, without the repetitiveness that earned ''Camp'' criticism.
** Bino expressed some fairly interesting thoughts about why ''Camp'' and ''because the internet'' are so different in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI8LUnlBkew this Westwood interview]] (around the 4-minute mark).
* {{Fanon}}: The idea that the Boy's real name is Childish Gambino is one that's fairly well supported by ''because the internet'' and generally accepted by the fandom, but never actually confirmed by Donald.
* FridgeBrilliance: The non-album track "Yaphet Kotto" samples "One Tender Moment." What band is that song by? ''Manchild.''
** "Sweatpants," which is essentially [[{{Troll}} The Boy]]'s theme song and sums up his attitude toward life, features an up-and-coming rapper named [[http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/attachments/9/8/8/4/3/a5171348-213-Troll-face-problem.jpg?d=1348177286 Problem.]]
** The name of "Pink Toes", a song in which we see The Boy's life [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster after he becomes a drug dealer]]; according to the Urban Dictionary, "pink toe" is slang for a young white girl. "White girl" is itself slang for cocaine.
* GrowingTheBeard: Since he's a relatively new artist, there's plenty of debate over where exactly this occurred. A significant portion of the fandom believes this happened around ''Culdesac,'' but there are plenty who won't listen to anything before ''EP'' and ''Camp.'' There's even a faction of fans who got into him through ''because the internet'' and dislike everything that came before it.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of Donald's stand-up bits involved [[ItMakesSenseInContext a Tupperware container with a 13,000 Kix : 1 Cocoa Puff ratio]], and he compared it to the likes of a Music/KanyeWest concert. He might as well change "Kanye West" to "Childish Gambino".
** "3005" features the lyrics "Girl why is you lying, girl why you [[{{Pun}} Mufasa]]". Gambino has recently been cast Simba in Creator/JonFavreau's LiveActionAdaptation of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** His stand up show ''Weirdo'' had a joke about him seeing children as "Tiny Hitlers" and how he wouldn't want to have kids. Years later after that stand up, ''he has a kid''.
* MemeticMutation:
** "Roscoe's wetsuit."[[labelnote:Explanation]]Comes from the ''because the internet'' screenplay. It's two simple, meaningless words effectively illustrating how empty a meme can be and how meaning is often thrown onto it because of a mob mentality, all ''because of the Internet''.[[/labelnote]]
** EH EH EH EH ONOMATOPOEIA[[labelnote:Explanation]]From the song "IV. sweatpants".[[/labelnote]]
*** People have had lots of fun making {{stupid statement dance mix}}es off of it, especially on Soundcloud. [[https://soundcloud.com/great-water/thomas-gambino-the-childish-tank-engine-onomatopoeiacore-submission The]] [[https://soundcloud.com/dtrain-gavin/feel-onomatopoeia-inc list]] [[https://soundcloud.com/justinterrible-mashups/childish-gambino-has-a-squeaky-bed just]] [[https://soundcloud.com/nmit/another-sweatpants-joke goes]] [[https://soundcloud.com/yungterra/the-ballad-of-gay-mbino on]] [[https://soundcloud.com/giascle/making-a-sound-with-your-mouth-isnt-actually-an-onomatopoeia and]] [[https://soundcloud.com/3lixar/another-stupid-onomatopoeia-thing on.]]
** The amount of mashups that have been made with "Bonfire" is kind of scary.
** Bino's subreddit has turned "the library" into a tongue-in-cheek EnsembleDarkhorse, with many jokingly claiming that it's his best song. (For those who don't know, it's a five-second opening track consisting of a single sound effect.)
** Stunt on these hoes.[[labelnote:Explanation]]This meme stemmed from Bino's subreddit where an anonymous user kept spamming post threads with nothing but the phrase "Stunt on these hoes". Eventually this user got banned from the subreddit, and it wasn't until afterwards that people realized that that user [[OhCrap may have been]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Donald himself]].[[/labelnote]]
** "What Redbone would sound like if X"
* MostWonderfulSound:
** Jhene Aiko's singing on "Pink Toes", as well as her heavenly harmonization before her verse.
** The xylophone riff in "Kids". Hell, that whole song could qualify as this.
* NightmareFuel:
** ''because the internet'' becomes increasingly claustrophobic and surreal as it progresses, but it first takes the turn into eeriness with "ii. no exit." The videos accompanying the album exude this trope in their final moments: "v. 3005"'s teaser for "zealots of stockholm" features an empty amusement park with a solitary shadowed figure standing still; while "iv. sweatpants" features everyone in a diner slowly turning into Bino doppelgängers.
*** Blink and you'll miss it, but the teddy bear in the "v. 3005" video blinking.
*** The final track "iii. life: the biggest troll", especially with the LastNoteNightmare of Gambino pleading with the listener to help him.
*** The ''BTI'' lenticular cover GIF will easily scare anyone the first time they see it, with Bino's face getting distorted to indistinguishable extents before returning to normal. Even scarier is how if you see the cover online, [[ParanoiaFuel you don't know if it's a still image or a GIF]]...
** The GainaxEnding of [[WhamEpisode the "Telegraph Ave" video]].
** The surreal and abstract nature of "Clapping for the Wrong Reasons". While it showcases [[spoiler: The Boy's life as he lives in his mansion, there's just something ''off'' about it, which sort of hits halfway where the Boy goes to the bathroom to see his nose bleeding and instead finds a ''tooth with string attached through it '''inside''' it'']].
--> [[spoiler: Do I know you?]]
** Although "Redbone" is generally SweetDreamsFuel, the chorus is [[MoodWhiplash very unsettling.]] ''[[ParanoiaFuel Stay woke / Niggas' creepin' / They gon' find you ]][[SlainInTheirSleep / Gon' catch you sleepin']]''
* SignatureSong: "Freaks and Geeks," and arguably "Heartbeat" and "Bonfire."
** "3005" is really starting to cement its status as this with newer fans.
** "Redbone" is now perhaps his most popular song to date.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: "Hold You Down."
-->He said I wasn't black because I had a dad
-->...I think that's kinda sad
-->Mostly cause a lot of black kids think they should agree with that
-->If you're a father, you should stick around if you could
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: ''because the internet'' may actually mark the end of his longtime divisiveness as a rapper. [[http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18817-childish-gambino-because-the-internet/ Even Pitchfork grudgingly liked it]] (though ultimately giving it a 5.8, due to the implied reliance on the accompanying screenplay to enjoy the music.)
* SweetDreamsFuel:
** "Kids". The instrumentation alone is more than worthy to fit here, but Bino's singing and rapping just adds a new dimension.
** "Pink Toes". "Rainbows...sunshine..."
** "Pop Thieves", which can easily be a new archetype for what R&B should sound like in the 2010s.
** "Dial Up".
** The subdued beginning and ending sections of "Me and Your Mama".
** "Redbone".
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/ChildishGambino See here.]]
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Admit it, the ending of "Telegraph Ave" did look pretty good.
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