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Childish Gambino puts on one hell of a show at day two of Governors Ball

The musician hints at final album, reveals son's name, at first and only show of the year.

Rob Hansen // REVOLT

The whispers of “Me and Your Mama” silences an anxious crowd.

From the fog, we hear “New York City, are you with me tonight?,” asks a voice immediately recognizable as belonging to Childish Gambino. This is the moment that everyone at Governors Ball has been waiting for. The record’s angelic “la, la la, la, la” continues to dissolve into the Saturday night air.

“Are you with me tonight New York City?” he rephrases. “Then let’s do it.”

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After breaking out into the guitar-laced next section of the record, pandemonium ensues and the fans are fully onboard for singing along with the line “this is the, end of us…” As the song winds down, Gambino speaks to the crowd to let them know that Governors Ball, his only announced show of 2017, would be just so. On that note, attendees appreciated his hour-and-a-half set all the more because of it.

Running through “Boogie Man” and “Have Some Love,” from his late 2016 release Awaken, My Love!, Gambino made sure that his audience would appreciate the positive energy that could be felt throughout Randall’s Island. Thanks to the hearty combination of good energy and that unmistakable New York atmosphere, the Golden Globe winner put on one of the best performances Governors Ball witnessed on Saturday (June 3). During his performance of “California,” the star proceeded to spark a blunt, professing “I love good weed.”

The 33-year-old, backed by live instrumentation and a choir, whom he would acknowledge his appreciation for, never let the party settle, noting that he wanted to keep things at an 8, though the audience could turn up to ten should that be their desire.

Fan appreciation allows for the audience to listen to the electrifying cuts from his 2013 album, Because the Internet, that included “I. Crawl,” “IV. Sweatpants” and to the approval of the women in the crowd, Gambino’s rendition “3005” became a huge victory for the night. But a blink-and-you’ll-miss moment arrived when Gambino revealed the name of his son, Legend, as he dedicated his next record “Baby Boy” to both his child and the audience.

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Lastly, impatience began to build when Gambino reverted to his comic side for a live sketch on attending a house party after a stressful weak and wanting to get with a girl that you’ve been digging. When the moment arrives and it’s the two of you alone, there’s only one song that could truly encapsulate the moment, and just then the opening thumping of “Redbone” rings throughout the park, simultaneously crowning Childish Gambino as the victor of Saturday night. The love in the air when up as high as it could possibly as Gambino hit every note with perfection, creating a skin-crawling, euphoric experience that a first-timer would absolutely remember.

After a well-deserved applause from the attendees of Governors Ball, Childish Gambino ended his set by saying, “I’ll see y’all for the last Gambino album.”

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