Blog #3 Gambino Got the Game
When Donald Glover is busy writing comedy material for his sketch group Derrick Comedy or acting on television after scoring it big with the series Community, he’s in the studio spitting raps as his alter ego, Childish Gambino. Glover has proven to be a triple threat in the media industry and manages wild success while keeping a low celebrity profile.In 2008, he released his first album as Childish Gambino, Sick Boi, and followed it up the next year with Poindexter. In 2010 he released two mixtapes, I Am Just a Rapper and I Am Just a Rapper 2, which found him rapping over indie rock gems like Sleigh Bells’ “Infinity Guitars” and Grizzly Bears “Two Weeks.” Later that year, he released his third full-length underground album, Culdsac. The year 2011 found him going legit with Camp, his official debut for the Glass Note label.
What makes Camp such a unique album is its whimsical lyrics matches with catchy upbeats and heavy groove. In a ‘sing sing’ type of rap, Glover uses his alter ego of Childish Gambino to express emotion and spread his voice of opinion in the music industry. Donald Glover is such a mystery character himself as an actor musician because it’s hard for fans to seperate his identities from each other and understand where his heads at. But as a fan of both his careers, I think it’s his element of secrecy and discretion that makes him so alluring and is what gives his lyrics so much subtle power.
Making with appearing is multiple popular shows such as HBOs series Girls as a 2 episode cameo where Glover played Lena Dunhams Boyfriend, he also layers tracks with popular artists, such as collaborating with pop singer Leona Lewis on her single “Trouble” from her album Glassheart.
In 2013, Glover decided to leave NBCs Community, which would later end after multiple seasons the next year, but would still appear in a handful of episodes in Season 5, and he concentrated on his music career. He returned again to music as Childish Gambino and released the single “3005” from third album, Because the Internet, which was released in late 2013.
While keeping his life out of tabloids and a complete mystery to the pop culture world, Donald Glover is an incredible artist who florishes from discrepancy and privacy. Check out the link below to listen to one of his most popular (and my favorite tracks) from his album Camp, titled Sweatpants.