, a.k.a. Childish Gambino
, is no stranger to us at Baeble Music. In this video from our archives, we caught up with him while performing at Rockwood Music Hall and it's clear to see that he obviously had a bright future ahead of him from the start.
We see a much younger Glover speaking about how when he first started he struggled to sound like everyone else while trying to embracing his high-pitched voice. He found it difficult, especially in the rap industry where he wanted to set himself apart while still resembling some of his musical influences. That lead him to experiment with different beats and rap lyrics to create smooth transitions between his raps and melodic verses. He also elaborates on how he decided to be more open with his album Camp
, which he considers to be his diary.
Since then, Glover has accomplished way more than anyone could have ever expected. Let's see, where to begin? Ok, just in case you live under a rock, the man is an actor, writer, producer, comedian, rapper, DJ, singer, AND songwriter. Phew! That's a lot of hats to wear but no one pulls them off quite as well.
Soon after graduating from NYU he became a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock
which later lead him to his role as Troy Barnes on Community
, also on NBC. He is currently starring in the FX series Atlanta
, which he created and occasionally directs. On directing, he's said to have been extremely lucky in the sense that most directors don't get to work along side other directors but thanks to his acting career, he has been able to. That's served him as research for his own directing experience and it seems to have paid off. His work on Atlanta
has won him various awards including Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes. It was recently announced that he will lend his voice for Simba in the 2019 remake of The Lion King
Because of all the other projects he has going on, it is said that his music career will be taking the back seat. Maybe it isn't fair to say that it's solely because of how busy
he is lately. Glover willingly wants to retire Childish Gambino and the next album he drops under that name will be his last (we all hope its not forever). In an interview he admits to believing in endings and that he realizes it's part of life. That, along with his belief in no labels, is what fuels him through his projects and what he's accomplished. For someone who could have just stuck to rapping and acting, he's transformed his entire career and hence our lives by the quality of work he shares with us today. He's definitely demonstrated that its not all about the labels or quantity of work, it's all about the quality as long as you genuinely enjoy what you do. He's truly come a long way and his ability to reinvent himself has us all waiting to see what he accomplishes next.