Donald McKinley Glover (born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and musician. Glover first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy. He is best known for being a writer for 30 Rock, and for his role as college student Troy Barnes on the NBC comedy series Community. In 2011, Glover signed to Glassnote Records under the stage name Childish Gambino; his first studio album, Camp, was released on November 15, 2011.
Donald Glover DJs and produces his own music under the moniker "mcDJ" (pronounced "em-see-D-J"). His music is of the electronic/remix variety and is often made available for free download via his official site. His current album releases include Love Letter In An Unbreakable Bottle and Utterances Of The Heart.
Glover raps and performs under the stage name Childish Gambino, a name he found from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator. He released an album entitled Sick Boi on June 5, 2008. On September 17, 2009, Childish Gambino released the album Poindexter. A pair of mixtapes entitled I Am Just A Rapper, and I Am Just A Rapper 2 were released in close succession in early 2010. Robert Scahill added his producing expertise helping with the majority of the tracks. The track listings for those albums consist of the name of the song "he" raps, followed by the song he raps over. His third album, Culdesac, was set to be released on July 2, 2010, but a couple of last minute additions caused the album to be delayed for a day. The album was made available on July 3. Glover has 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 touched on more personal subject matter, including family, schoolyard bullying, troubled romantic relationships, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism. He has disowned his 2005 album, The Younger I Get, as the too-raw ramblings of what he calls a "decrepit Drake."
On December 1, 2010, Glover released the 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, Donald released the dates for the IAMDONALD tour and also his very first music video for "Freaks And Geeks". The music video was shot by Dan Eckman, the director of the Derrick Comedy troupe. This song would later be used in an Adidas commercial featuring Dwight Howard which brought the song, and Donald, more recognition. On March 8, 2011 Donald released his newest EP via his official website.
On May 4, 2011, in an interview with TheHipHopUpdate, Glover revealed that he was working on an LP, to be released in September.
During the weekend of the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, Donald performed with his band and his DJ, SoSuperSam, at the House of Blues in San Diego. Donald performed a new song from his LP and explained why he had not used Twitter or Tumblr in a while.
On July 25, 2011, Donald Glover announced that his new album would be entitled Camp. On October 8, during his Orlando concert, he announced Camp would be released on November 15, 2011.
On August 20, 2011, at the Los Angeles Rock The Bells concert, he gave an interview to AllHipHop.com, and announced to the crowd that he had signed with Glassnote Records. This means that his music will be published onto physical media for the first time including CDs and vinyl.
In September 2011, Childish Gambino played at the BruinBash festival at UCLA. On September 20, he released his first official single, "Bonfire". It received much praise on blogs and music message boards.
On November 15, 2011, he performed "Heartbeat" from his album Camp on Conan.
On January 11, 2012, Childish Gambino announced on his website that a new mixtape would be coming out soon. Pictures of Stone Mountain appear to be the cover for his mixtape. On April 2, he released a new song, "Eat Your Vegetables", through his website, IAmDonald.com. He said that he has recorded 25 songs for the mixtape and that it will be released "extremely soon". Because of his frequent use of the word on his website and Twitter account, many believe the new mixtape will be titled "Royalty". This was later cleared up by Donald on the BET show, 106 & Park, on May 1, where he stated that "Royalty" was just the name he gave to the group of his friends/musicians that he travels and performs with. On May 9, an unfinished track entitled "Fuck Your Blog" was leaked on the internet, featuring Flynt Flossy and Yung Humma from Turquoise Jeep; this track is thought to be on the upcoming mixtape, and Donald expressed his annoyance on Twitter later that day about the song being leaked before it was finished. On May 14, Funkmaster Flex premiered "Unnecessary", featuring Schoolboy Q. On May 16, Gambino released an untitled track (dubbed "We Ain't Them" by fans) through his website, produced by himself and frequent collaborator Ludwig. On May 22, Donald appeared on Das Racist's radio show "Chillin' Island" where he premiered a new song, "Tell Me", which featured Himanshu Suri, aka Heems from Das Racist. On May 26, Donald released another untitled track (dubbed "Black Faces" by fans) through his website, featuring Nipsey Hussle and produced by Boi-1da. On May 30, he released a third track through his website which he named "Silk Pillow" (via his Twitter account), featuring Beck and produced by both Glover and Beck.
On June 9, 2012, Gambino performed live at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, bringing with him Steve G. Lover and Heems of Das Racist.
On June 15, 2012, Glover premiered a new song on Wired 96.5, which he named "Shoulda Known"(via his Twitter account). On June 25, Glover revealed (through his website) that the mixtape was to be released on July 4. On June 26, Donald premiered a new track on Sway In The Morning (on Shade 45) entitled "One Up", featuring his brother, Steve G. Lover. Multiple reports also say that while on the show Donald stated that the mixtape would be titled Royalty (despite previous statements that it would not be called that). On July 3, Donald released the artwork for the mixtape (via his Twitter account), as well as a tracklist consisting of 18 songs.
On July 4, 2012, Glover released Royalty (through his website) for free via digital download.
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