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Childish Gambino

Donald Glover
Coachella 2012
Background information
Birth name Donald McKinley Glover
Also known as Childish Gambino
Born (1983-09-25) September 25, 1983 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Origin Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Actor, rapper, singer, writer, comedian, record producer
Instruments Bass, drums, guitar, synthesizer, sequencer, sampler, vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels Glassnote Records
Associated acts Ludwig Göransson, Nipsey Hussle, Flux Pavillion, Kilo Kish, Heems

Donald McKinley Glover[1] (born September 25, 1983), also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is an American actor, writer, comedian and hip hop recording artist from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Glover first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy and for subsequently becoming a writer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. Glover is perhaps best known for his role as college student Troy Barnes, on NBC's Community and for his rising career as a stand-up comedian and rapper, respectively. In 2011, Glover signed to Glassnote Records, where he releases music under his Childish Gambino moniker. After releasing several albums and mixtapes himself, he released Camp, his first album for the label, on November 15, 2011. His second studio album, Because the Internet, is due for release on December 10, 2013.

Early life and education

Donald McKinley Glover was born in California, and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His father is a retired postal worker and his mother, a retired daycare provider. His parents were also foster parents and Jehovah's Witnesses. Glover graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006 after attending DeKalb School of the Arts and Lakeside High School.


2006–10: TV, film, independent albums and mixtapes

Glover is known for his work on the NBC show Community. From 2006 to 2009, Glover was a writer for the NBC series 30 Rock where he also had an occasional cameo appearance. He was presented the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the third season of 30 Rock.[2]

Glover performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino,[3] a name he found from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator.[4] He released an independent album entitled Sick Boi on June 5, 2008.

Glover is a member of the sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy, along with Dominic Dierkes, Meggie McFadden, DC Pierson, and Dan Eckman. Derrick's YouTube videos gained the group nationwide attention and have contributed to Donald Glover's recognition, as well as his newfound success in the television business. The group wrote and starred in a feature-length film, Mystery Team, released in theaters in 2009. On September 17, 2009, Childish Gambino released the independent 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.[5] 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[6] album, The Younger I Get, as the too-raw ramblings of what he calls a "decrepit Drake."

Glover's stand-up special aired on Comedy Central on March 19, 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".[7] The campaign, originally started to see how far social networking could carry a message, quickly gained a large following.[8] The call for Glover to be allowed to audition for the role was supported by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.[9] Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, who announced an African-American version of Spider-Man a year later, said he had conceived of the character before Glover's campaign went viral.[10] Bendis gave credit to Glover for influencing the new hero's looks; on seeing him dressed as Spider-Man on Community (a nod to the campaign) Bendis said, "I saw him in the costume and thought, 'I would like to read that book.'".[11]

Glover received the Rising Comedy Star award at the Just for Laughs festival in July 2010.[12] Glover was featured in Gap's 2010 Holiday ad campaign. Donald Glover official site. His current album releases include Love Letter in an Unbreakable Bottle and Utterances of the Heart.

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".

2011–present: Acting, Camp and Because the Internet

On March 16, 2011, Glover hosted the mtvU Woodie Awards held live at South By Southwest. On March 24, 2011, Glover taped his one hour comedy special Weirdo for Comedy Central; it aired on November 19.[15][16] Donald appeared at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 9 in the 'This Tent' as Childish Gambino and June 11 at 'The Comedy Theater' with Bill Bailey performing stand up. Comedy Central streamed the comedy live on their website.[17]

On May 4, 2011, in an interview with TheHipHopUpdate, Glover revealed that he was working on an LP, to be released in September.[18] 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, and announced to the crowd that he had signed with Glassnote Records.[19] On September 20, he released his first official single, "Bonfire".

The IAMDONALD tour made 23 stops in 33 days, beginning with Ames, IA on April 16, and finishing with Minneapolis, MN on May 19. In between, this included stops at music venues in Las Vegas, Houston, Washington, and Atlanta.[20] The Sign-Up Tour was Donald's next pre-album tour. He visited 11 cities over the course of 38 days in October and November 2011.California.

On January 11, 2012, Childish Gambino announced on his website that a new mixtape would be coming out soon. On April 2, he released a new song, "Eat Your Vegetables and Fruits", through his website. On May 14, Funkmaster Flex premiered "Unnecessary", featuring Schoolboy Q. On May 16, Gambino released "We Ain't Them" 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 "Black Faces", featuring Nipsey Hussle and produced by Boi-1da. On May 30, he released a third track, "Silk Pillow", featuring Beck and produced by both Glover and Beck. On June 25, Glover revealed that the mixtape was to be released on July 4, 2012. On June 26, Donald premiered another new track, on Sway In The Morning (on Shade 45), entitled "One Up", featuring his brother, Steve G. Lover. That same day, Donald stated that the mixtape would be titled Royalty (despite previous statements that it would not be called that). On July 4, 2012, Glover released Royalty for free via digital download. On July 7, 2012, Gambino released the track, "Body", featuring Prodigy, which did not make the cut for the mixtape. On July 24, 2012, he released the music video for "Fire Fly" through his VEVO account on YouTube.

On August 21, 2012, BBC Radio 1 premiered Leona Lewis' new song, "Trouble", off her upcoming album, Glassheart, which features Childish Gambino. The song was available for purchase via iTunes on October 7, and peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart the following week, making it his first UK top 10 single. On November 4, 2012 Ludwig Göransson said in an interview with Portable that he and Donald were in his studio coming up with new ideas for his next studio album. It was said to be a bigger album, with more people involved.

In 2013, Glover signed on to create a music-themed show for FX titled Atlanta in which he will star, write, and executive produce. Consequently, Glover has decided to reduce his work for NBC, and plans to appear in only five of Community's 13 episode fifth season.[24][25][26] Although many TV stations were interested in picking up his half-hour comedy, he ultimately picked FX due to their willingness to work around his touring schedule.

On October 4, 2013, Glover announced on Twitter that his second studio album was completed.[27] He further announced this at Homecoming Week at Penn State, stating “I got a new album coming out soon, so this is the last time we’re gonna play a lot of this shit.”[28] On October 8, 2013, he announced its title as Because the Internet and revealed that it would be released in December 2013.[29] On October 21, 2013, Glover released the first single "3005", and announced a release date for the album as December 10, 2013.[30][31]


Main article: Childish Gambino discography
  • Culdesac (2010)
  • Camp (2011)
  • Because the Internet (2013)



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Mystery Team Jason Rodgers Executive Producer
Original Score
2011 Muppets, TheThe Muppets Junior CDE Executive Cameo
2013 To Do List, TheThe To Do List Derrick
2014 Reawakening[32][33] Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Criminal 1 episode
30 Rock Homosexual Kid
Young P.A.
Young Tracy Jordan
Writer; 23 episodes
Cameo in 3 episodes
Guest star in 1 episode
2007 Human Giant College Webcam Guy Episode: "24 Hour Marathon"
2009–present Community Troy Barnes Main cast (Seasons 1-4)
Recurring (Season 5)
2010 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up special
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III Stormtrooper
Scout Trooper
Mace Windu
Television film
2011 Woodie Awards Himself Host
Regular Show Alpha-Dawg Voice
Episode: "Rap It Up"
Weirdo Himself Stand-up special
2012 The Playlist Remix Victim - Eclectic Method Episode: "Instruments of Destruction"
Hip Hop Squares Childish Gambino Guest star
2013 Girls Sandy 2 episodes
Sesame Street LMNOP Episode: " Figure It Out, Baby Figure It Out"
Adventure Time[35] Marshall Lee Voice
Episode: "Bad Little Boy"


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Channel 101 Various
2006-2010 Derrick Comedy
2007 Bronx World Travelers Scoopy Brown 3 episodes
2011 CollegeHumor Troy Barnes Episode: "Save Greendale"
2013 Clapping For The Wrong Reasons Himself Self Produced Short Film


Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Donald Glover

See also


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Twitter
  • Official Facebook page
  • Official Soundcloud profile
  • Derrick Comedy's official site
  • Donald Glover's Metacritic profile
  • Childish Gambino's Metacritic profile

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