After the droppage of several hints, Childish Gambino's mixtape, Royalty, dropped today. And much of the buzz seems to be less about the content of the mixtape itself, but more the fact that there are more celebrity guest appearances on this thing than a Jerry Lewis All-Star Telethon. Haim, RZA and Ghostface are in the building, along with Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul of Black Hippy, Nipsey Hussle and production from Boi 1-da and Beck, who appears on "Silk Pillow." One of the best guest spots is from Detroit's Danny Brown, who goes in hard over a beat sampled from Britney Spears' "Toxic."
Closer "Real Estate" doesn't seem like anything special save for a bit of "real estate"/"realest state" wordplay and it goes on a bit too long, but then hark! Five minutes in, there's a guest appearance from Glover's fellow NBC funny person and 30 Rock collaborator, Tina Fey, who steps it up and delivers a rap verse exactly how you would expect Tina Fey to deliver a guest mixtape rap verse:
"Yeah we in here, we in this thing, Gambino is forever, royalty is foreverWe ballin' till we fuckin up the hardwood, homieThis the life we live, sonMy president is black and my Prius is blue, motherfuckerRoyalty all day, we droppin' racks at Nordstrom, sonThat's racks on racks damn ityou feel me? You feel me?This is the part where most people would say something crazy and drop the n-word after itNot going to, I'm not going to do that, I don't feel comfortable!I'm out."
Of course, this isn't Tina's first time stepping up to the mic. In addition to writing Kevin Gnapoor's high-school-suggestive rap in Mean Girls, on 30 Rock, she appeared as "Lemonem" on an Apollo Theater talent show (it went about as well as you could imagine) and gave Avery Jessup, fresh from North Korea, the "12-Month Rap-Up." And there will probably be many more raps to come.