Donald Glover calls time on Childish Gambino

While performing at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City, the actor-rapper concluded his set with a surprise announcement. Before leaving the stage, he stated to the audience: “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”

In an interview with The Huffington Post Donald expressed his explanations as to why he is calling time on Childish Gambino. “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’” he said. “You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back.”

He then continued explaining that he doesn’t want to compromise himself and his punk persona. He adds that he feels that there is a risk of him becoming “radio”.

“Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason and I always had a reason to be punk,” he continued. As much as ‘Redbone’ is a punk song because it’s a gospel song that’s on the radio. I’m like there’s only so far you can go before you just are the radio.”

 

What Can We Expect From the Future?

Though Donald didn’t divulge when fans can expect his final album, obviously igniting a fire of expectation within fans. He is remaining rather busy in the meantime. In addition to working on season two of his FX show “Atlanta” and FXX’s new animated series for Marvel’s “Deadpool,” Glover has also been busy blustering his movie career making appearances in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”  The upcoming “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story” as young Lando Calrissian. And in Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” as the voice of Simba.

It’ll be sad to see the departure of Donald’s rapper alter-ego Childish Gambino. Who has given us some great and unique music over the past 10 years. (3005, Sweatpants and most recently and critically acclaimed Redbone.) In an otherwise mainly commercial and risk free business but with an artist like Donald whom expresses himself as a rapper, actor, comedian and writer… You need to respect an artist’s freedom for creativity and integrity.

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George Millington
George Millington is a central London based music news and music review writer.

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