Donald Glover Explains Why It’s ‘Necessary’ to Retire Childish Gambino Rap Name
Yes, it’s true. Donald Glover is ditching his rap alias Childish Gambino after his third album.
The rapper-actor hinted that he was hanging up the mic during his performance at the 2017 Governors Ball in New York last weekend. Before closing out his set, he told the crowd, “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”
In an interview with Huff Post, the 33-year-old musician explained why he’s retiring Childish Gambino. The entertainer said that he didn’t want to become redundant with the name and sound.
“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, there’s a reason to do that.”
Glover also added that he doesn’t want to release music because he has to, and lose his sense of creativity.
“Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk,” he explained. “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.”
Gambino's album Awaken, My Love! is his most successful album to date with his latest single, “Redbone,” going platinum. So it would make sense for Glover to not keep repeating himself.
However, another factor in why he's hanging up the mic is the fact that he has so many projects in the works. The second season of Atlanta will premiere in 2018. Plus, he will play a young Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars' Han Solo movie. Finally, he has been tapped to voice Simba in the upcoming remake of The Lion King.