Childish Gambino singing 'Redbone' Live. I think that my friend is confused and is probably thinking that Childish Gambino has sampled Bootsy Collins' 'I'd Rather Be With You' but apart from the songs being somewhat similar and there possibly being some musical influence, they are two completely different songs. Redbone by Childish Gambino song meaning, lyric interpretation, video and chart. Though there are no actual samples, the melody pays homage to the 1976.
Childish Gambino Redbone Music Sample
In an episode of Donald Glover’s FX show “Atlanta,” his character Earn accompanies an on-again, off-again girlfriend Van to the Juneteenth party of an old bourgeois friend and her woke white husband, who emphatically catalogs black culture at every turn—among other things, he performs slam poetry about Jim Crow. Over the course of the episode, Earn and Van, then estranged, reconcile and become lovers again.
Redbone Original Sample
The show opens with the sound of and closes with. If you were to find the intersection of all these points, you’d arrive at “Redbone,” the latest track from Glover’s upcoming album as, (Coincidentally, a still from the episode was the of the album’s artwork.) “Redbone,” a full-blown funk slow jam, parses love, lust, reconciliation, generations of black soul, and wokeness. “Redbone,” like the episode, seems to string different narratives together. A scene unspools where yearning and desire are aimed at an uncommitted lover, hinting at the title (redbone is slang for a light-skinned black woman) while giving warning in the intermissions. “Stay woke!” he shouts in a half-squeal on the hook. “Niggas creepin’/They gon’ find you/Gon’ catch you sleepin’.” The slapping bass is reminiscent of Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins; the licks melt slowly under his pitched-up vocals. It’s maddeningly familiar yet distinctly warm.