Donald Glover as Childish Gambino, The End of an Age
    • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018

    • Posted by: Elissa Fertig

    [Photo Credit: Mark Brown]

    Whether he's up on stage performing his signature good-boy stand up comedy, creating sick new beats, singing like he's part of a gospel choir, or writing and performing in his TV show Atlanta, Donald Glover is dropping jaws everywhere. After receiving a Grammy this past weekend for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the song "Redbone", Glover announced that he's retiring the moniker Childish Gambino, a name created through an internet Wu-Tang name generator (if you're curious, the site dubbed me as ‘Violent Artist', so this how you can all refer to me now). "I like endings and I think they're important to progress," he said at the awards ceremony. His fans, however, aren't quite as sure about that--Childish Gambino is pretty much in the process of defining a generation of rap and R&B music with Because the Internet and "Awaken My Love!". Admittedly, he has been known to hop from one project to the next, whether it be comedy, acting, writing, or singing, so I'm sure the best is yet to come.

    Today he re-released his EP, simply titled EP, for streaming purposes, and in recent news has just signed on with RCA Records. In case you don't remember, EP has a full and no-nonsense sound but Gambino's rhymes are goofy enough not to make it feel angry or stark. "Freaks and Geeks", the most well-known track on the set that established him in 2011 as a breakthrough artist, is engaging and pretty funny to listen to with a beat that keeps you on your toes. "My Shine" showcases Gambino's R&B, soulful voice, and "Lights Turned On" has an electronic dance refrain that sounds almost like LCD Soundsystem. With new music set to come in 2018, I think we're all excited for some more Donald Glover genius: a friend of mine recently referred to Glover's genre of goofy, thoughtful rap as the best of "intellectual stoner music". So there you go. We've got our sights set for more chill but ultra-woke vibes coming up in the new year, Childish Gambino or no.

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