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This guy is one of the hardest working performers in America. Period.

Donald McKinley Glover who is better known by his stage name, “Childish Gambino,” is an American actor, writer, comedian, and hip-hop recording artist from Stone Mountain, Georgia.  Glover was first noticed for his work with his internet sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy and for also becoming a writer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock.  Glover is perhaps best known for his role as a college student Troy Barnes, on NBC’s “Community,” as well as for his rising career as a stand-up comedian and a rapper.  In 2011, Glover signed to Glassnote Records where he releases music as Childish Gambino.  After releasing several self-released albums and mixtapes, Glover released “Camp,” his first album for the label, on November 15, 2011.  His second studio album, “Because the Internet,” was released on December 10, 2013.

Glover first came up with his stage name “Childish Gambino” when he was messing around with a Wu-Tang Clan name generator online.  He released his first debut album titled “Sick Boi” on June 5, 2008.  On September 17, 2009, Glover released his second self-released album titled “Poindexter.”  A pair of mixtapes titled “I Am Just A Rapper” and “I Am Just A Rapper 2” were released closely to each other in 2010.  Robert Scahill added his producing expertise to help out with the majority of the tracks.  His third album, “Culdesac,” was released on July 3, 2010.  Glover stated in interviews that on “Sick Boi” and “Poindexter” he felt he had to hide behind gimmicks, such as pink hoodies, but with his subsequent projects, he has been able to touch on more personal subjects such as family, schoolyard bullying, troubled romantic relationships, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism.  He has disowned his 2005 album, “The Younger I Get,” saying that it is the too-raw ramblings of a “decrepit Drake.”

Glover’s stand-up special aired on Comedy Central on March 9, 2010.  In May 2010, a fan suggested Glover for the role of Peter Parker in the then-upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man” film, encouraging his supporters to retweet the hashtag “#donald4spiderman.”  The campaign, originally started to see how far social networking could carry a message, quickly gained a large following.  The call for Glover to be allowed to audition for the role was supported by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.  Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, who announced an African-American version of Spider-Man a year later, said he had conceived of the idea before Glover’s campaign had went viral.  Bendis gave credit to Glover for influencing the new hero’s looks after seeing Glover dressed as Spider-Man on Community (which was a nod to the campaign).  Bendis said, “I saw him in the costume and thought, I would like to read that book.”

Glover received the Rising Comedy Star award at the Just For Laughs festival in July 2010.  Glover has also DJed and produced his own music under the stage name “mcDJ.”  He creates electronic/remixes of popular songs and often releases his music for free download through his official site.

On December 1, 2010, Glover released his first track off of his EP titled “Be Alone.”  He released the next track “Freaks and Geeks,” as well as a five-song track list, on February 11, 2011.  On February 25, 2011, Donald released the dates for his IAMDONALD Tour and also his very first music video for “Freaks and Geeks.”  “Freaks and Geeks” would later be used in an Adidas commercial featuring Dwight Howard, which brought the song, and Donald, more fame and recognition.  On March 8, 2011, Donald released his first EP through his official website.

On November 15, 2011, Glover released his first studio album through Glassnote Records titled “Camp.”  “Camp” was co-produced in its entirety by long-time producer Ludwig Goransson.  Camp received generally positive reviews from music critics.  The album received a 69 out of 100 on Metacritic.com based on 31 reviews.  Barry Nicolson of NME dubbed it “the hip-hop album of the year” and commended Glover’s “focus on being witty, heartfelt, honest and occasionally uproarious.”  Steve Lepore found the album to be “undoubtedly one of the best records of any genre to come out in 2011.”

In 2013, Glover signed on to create a music-themed show for FX titled “Atlanta” in which he will star, write and executive produce.  On December 6, 2013, Glover released his second studio album, “Because the Internet” through Glassnote Records and Island Records.  “Because the Internet” features guest appearances from Chance The Rapper, Jhene Aiko and Azealia Banks, with production primarily handled by Glover himself, Stefan Ponce and Ludwig Goransson among others.  The album was supported by the single “3005.”  Glover also released a short film titled “Clapping for the Wrong Reasons” and a 75-page screenplay to go along with the album and help promote it.

“Because the Internet” was met with generally positive reviews by music critics.  The album received an average score of 65 out of 100 based on 18 reviews through Metacritic.com.  Franklin Soults, a writer for The Boston Globe, said, “Love Donald Glover or hate him, this writer/actor/comedian/rapper unquestionably ranks among America’s most accomplished performers.  The production is as rich as the raps, spanning pop, underground R&B, club music and psychedelic experimentation.  The project is further heightened by Glover’s knowing irony, his gift for hooks and his visionary theme.  Without making it a burdensome concept to explain and belabor, the internet figure prominently throughout the disc in ways empowering and emasculating.”

I would tend to agree with Mr. Soults.  Glover’s “Because the Internet” remarks on the wonders and downfalls of our internet age.  The album covers issues both political and psychological and it kind-of blows my mind that so much of that is packed into this album.  Glover, very well, may be one of the hardest working performers in America today with his constant jumping between rapping, comedy, writing and acting; the sky’s the limit for this promising rapper.  I highly recommend that you check out Glover’s newest album.  You won’t be disappointed.

Below are some of Childish Gambino’s biggest hits and tracks from off of his newest album.  Check them out.

 

 

 

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