“Sober” by Childish Gambino

On “Sober”, Childish Gambino is addressing his ex. And the implication is that they may have parted ways quite recently, as his emotional wounds are still very fresh. That is to say that the title of this song actually alludes to the notion of the singer now being dependent on alcohol and/or drugs. And the reason he has become so is to subdue the pain he’s feeling from losing the woman he loves. Indeed now he insinuates that she may be dating someone else. So basically, what the lyrics center on is his attempt to win her back.

Facts about “Sober”

“Sober” was the only single released from Childish Gambino’s mixtape/EP entitled “STN MTN / Kauai”. And it was done so by Glassnote Records on 14 September 2014.

The song appeared on two Billboard Charts, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rhythmic. And it has also been certified Platinum in Australia.

The music video to “Sober” was directed by Hiro Murai. And it was filmed in a Hollywood-based restaurant called Zankou Chicken. Said clip is said to have been inspired by some of Michael Jackson’s iconic music videos, including “Thriller“.

Childish Gambino wrote this song alongside its producer, Ludwig Göransson. It should be noted that Göransson also co-wrote Gambino’s Grammy winning song “Redbone“.

Actually Göransson and Gambino have written a ton of hits together aside the aforementioned. Other hits the pair has worked together on include “This Is America” and “Bonfire“.

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