There wasn’t a ton of vocal stuff done … I think people hear “Redbone” and are like, “Oh, he pitched up his vocals,” but there was no vocal pitching on the album—I just sang differently.
That falsetto though! Who else mistakenly thought that the vocals were sung by a woman? The last song I heard by Childish Gambino was Heartbeat and that was a good while ago. An Xbox friend played Redbone in the party (party chat, respectively) around Ramadan time, I believe, and I’ve been absolutely obsessed ever since! On paper, it’s not exactly my favored style of music (I’m not one for some soulful crooning) and yet I’m completely in love with this song! It’s got such a chill, sensual vibe that’s reminiscent of 70’s music, which for some reason elicits all kinds of feels (for me, at least), regardless of the fact that it’s not my typical preference. Several months later, Redbone is still a favorite of mine! At this point, I’m thinkin’ it’s safe to say that it probably always will be (bumping it up to classic status, in my book). I’ve always found Donald Glover endearing but this song makes me straight up love the guy! Not quite sure what’s up with that scary image but I’ve grown accustomed to it now. There are so many different versions of this song, it’s ridiculous! This particular version is everything!
Here’s a few more gems: