Redbone

Childish Gambino

About Redbone

"Redbone" is a song recorded by American rapper and singer Childish Gambino, the stage name of Donald Glover. It was released on November 17, 2016, and serves as the second single from his third studio album "Awaken, My Love!" The song received three Grammy Award nominations including Record of the Year at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, eventually winning the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance.


Year:
2016
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Daylight
I wake up feeling like you won't play right
I used to know, but now that shit don't feel right
It made me put away my pride
So long
You made a nigga wait for some, so long
You make it hard for boy like that to go on
I'm wishing I could make this mine, oh

If you want it, yeah
You can have it, oh, oh, oh
If you need it, ooh
We can make it, oh
If you want it
You can have it

But stay woke
Niggas creepin'
They gon' find you
Gon' catch you sleepin' (oh)
Now stay woke
Niggas creepin'
Now don't you close your eyes

Too late
You wanna make it right, but now it's too late
My peanut butter chocolate cake with Kool-Aid
I'm trying not to waste my time

If you want it, oh
You can have it (you can have it)
If you need it (you better believe in something)
We can make it, oh
If you want it
You can have it, ah!

But stay woke (stay woke)
Niggas creepin' (they be creepin')
They gon' find you (they gon' find you)
Gon' catch you sleepin' (gon' catch you sleepin', put your hands up on me)
Now stay woke
Niggas creepin'
Now don't you close your eyes

But stay woke (ooh, ah)
Niggas creepin'
They gon' find you (they gon' find you)
Gon' catch you sleepin' (gon' catch you, gon' catch you, ooh)
Now stay woke
Niggas creepin'
Now don't you close your eyes

How'd it get so scandalous?
Oh, how'd it get so scandalous?
Oh, oh, how'd it get, how'd it get
How'd it get so scandalous?
How'd it get so scandalous?
How'd it get so scandalous?
But stay woke
But stay woke

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Childish Gambino

Donald McKinley Glover is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, rapper, singer, and songwriter. He performs as a stage artist under the stage name Childish Gambino, and as a disc jockey, he performs under the name mcDJ. more »

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Written by: Bootsy Collins, Donald McKinley Glover II, Gary Cooper, George S. Clinton Jr., Ludwig Emil Tomas Goransson, William Earl Collins

Lyrics © A SIDE MUSIC LLC D/B/A MODERN WORKS MUSIC PUBLISHING, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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11 facts about this song

Artist Background
"Redbone" was penned and performed by Childish Gambino, a pen name of multi-talented American artist Donald Glover. Glover is also acclaimed for his acting, directing, and comedy skills.
Album Information
The song is from his third studio album, "Awaken, My Love!", which was released in December 2016.
Genre
"Redbone" is typically categorized as an R&B, funk, and soul track, showcasing a departure from Childish Gambino’s previous work, which was primarily hip-hop.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at No.12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Glover's highest-charting song under his Childish Gambino name.
Certification
In 2018, "Redbone" was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for having sold over five million units.
Awards
The track won the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018.
Influences
Glover has cited Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone and Prince as some of the central inspirations behind the soulful and psychedelic sound featured in "Redbone".
Cultural Impact
The chorus line of "Redbone" ("Stay woke") has become an anthem for social and political awareness, often used in various movements like Black Lives Matter and in several memes.
Movie Feature
"Redbone" was featured in the 2017 horror film 'Get Out' directed by Jordan Peele. Peele stated that he asked for the song to start the film as its lyrics closely align with the movie's central theme.
Production
Glover altered his vocals for "Redbone", playing with various pitches to achieve the distinctive high-pitched tone, which led to speculation about who sings the song even among his fans.
Pregnancy Announcement
On the day of the song's release, Glover announced that he was going to be a father for the second time, making the day momentous for him on a personal level as well.

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