Produced by Axl Folie and DJ Dahi, “monster” brings Childish Gambino back to his roots using a harder flow and faster bars reminiscent of Gambino’s early musical career. Handling the second half of the song, 21 Savage delivers a barrage of quotables like “I’ll take the stand for my brother/Put my hand on the Bible, I’m still gon’ lie” followed by a muttered “On God.”
21 Savage and Gambino have a history of collaboration; for instance, 21 provided some of the background vocals on Gambino’s viral track “This Is America.” “monster” is the only feature from Childish Gambino in 2018, following an announcement that his next album will be his final release under the name Childish Gambino.
“monster” is a highlight on 21 Savage’s album i am > i was, released on December 21. Listen to the song below: