Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, celebrated the Fourth of July by releasing a new mixtape called Royalty. This new tape really shows of the strides he has taken since his freshman album, Camp, as a rapper and a rapper who can snag big-time guests. The hour long affair features high-profile appearances from hip hop heavy-weights like Bun B, RZA and Ghostface Killa; hip hop up-and-comers like Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, and Kilo Kish; and, um, Tina Fey, who closes the tape with a verse of her own. And it’s as that less-than-likely, last-but-not-least guest that she has managed to steal the show. Because who says rap can’t be funny?
Fey — who Glover worked with a pre-Gambino Glover when he was a writer on 30 Rock — pipes in at the very end of the very good album, showing up five minutes into the last track, “Real Estate,” which also features Alley Boy and Swank. “We ballin’ till we f***in’ up the hardwood, homey,” she raps as best she can, dropping “motherf***er”‘s and getting extra-loud when she needs to. There’s a joke about her Prius, and a funnier one about Nordstorm racks on racks. She sings off with her best, most Liz Lemon-y line, wherein she admits that maybe the rap game is not for her: “I don’t feel comfortable, I AM OUT!”
As has been pointed out, this is not Fey’s first go in the rap game. In fact, she sharpened her teeth as Lemonem on 30 Rock this past season. And like then, here she is more funny than good at rapping. Which is exactly right: nothing wrong with a mixtape that leaves you laughing. She should probably keep her day job, but when the mood to spit so strikes, you can bet we’ll listen.
Have a listen to “Real Estate” below, or get the whole tape over on Glover’s site.