Prima Donna appropriately and adequately bridges the stylistic gap between preceding album Summertime '06 and the follow-up LP to this EP, Big Fish Theory.
By the time of Childish Gambino's debut EP in 2011, pretty much all the elements that make him great are already there - great lyrics and word play; generally soft and emotive, feelsy rap, though sometimes high energy with more stereotypical boastful and clever lyrics... really, it sounds exactly like Camp.
Let's take it back to 1995: The Offspring and Green Day have both been certified multi-platinum with their smash hit albums, but so have 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G.
Right off the bat, one is stricken by the abrasiveness of the synth parts, the distorted drums, and the abrupt shifts in sound and style. This album sounds like commercial appeal was one of the last things on Ye's mind. A truly bold move for such a high-profile artist.
2016: A fantastic year for music. Rock may be (largely) dead, but music is not.