The world of music is going to be a shadier place without the presence of Donald Glover’s Childish Gambino alter-ego.
Glover told the Huffington Post that he wasn’t kidding when he announced that he only had one more record in him at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival.
As he walked off the New York City stage after an insane set, Glover stated: “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”
The words sent shockwaves through hip-hop and beyond as Glover’s fanbase is diverse.
It was only right that pop culture’s consummate multi-tasker cleared up the confusion.
“Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk,” Glover said. “Being punk just always felt really good to me and we always looked at ‘Atlanta’ as a punk show and I feel like the direction I would go with Childish Gambino wouldn’t be punk anymore. 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.”
Glover has a point as his brand is changing how many feel about music. Each of his efforts has forced listeners to respond and challenge the status quo in some way, shape or form/
When he discussed the trials of a misplaced black youth on Camp, certain peers adopted a similar perspective.
As he changed up and became more progressive on Because The Internet, that sound inspired musical and verbal copycats.
He hit his melodic peak on the dual project Kuai portion of the STN MTN/Kaui project and yet again he became the sound of the day.
With Awaken My Love!, Glover made it almost impossible for his records to be anything but his own.
If he only has one more left in him, it’s understandable if his goal is to remain the fish that consistently swims upstream.
Being different for the sake of being different minus true inspiration would be a fucking lame thing to do.
With a film and TV career that is at an apex, time certainly is valuable and if his music is no longer on the menu, he made his mark