Childish Gambino, the Wu-Tang-Clan name generator moniker of Donald Glover, has covered everything from comedy tinged mixtapes of 2009 to creating his own brand of hip hop and R&B inspired funk.
When you look at Gambino’s career, from his comedy writing to creating Atlanta, it’s not hard to imagine the same person went from “Freaks and Geeks” in 2011 to 2018’s politically charged banger “This Is America” that addressed institutional racism and gun violence with a groundbreaking video directed by frequent collaborator Hiro Murai.
Balancing his acting and comedy careers, he released debut record Camp in 2011 followed quickly by Because The Internet in 2013 which gave Gambino his first gold-record. Things went quiet on the Gambino front until a mysterious Pharos Experience festival was announced in Joshua Tree California, where Gambino debuted songs from Awaken, My Love. The record was a pivot for Gambino, who predominantly sang instead of rapped on the Funkadelic-inspired record. The song Redbone would receive nominations for Record of the Year and best R&B Recording at the Grammies.
While there hasn’t been a full-album since Awaken, My Love, Gambino has been dropping tracks like “This Is America” which won both song and record of the year at the Grammies. He surprise released the movie Guava Island starring himself and Rihanna in April. In recent performances, he’s been previewing new songs, and there have been reports that Glover will soon retire the Gambino moniker, so catch him before it’s too late.