50 DAYS OF COACHELLA ARTISTS: Childish Gambino – #38

Posted on 05 March 2012 by admin


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Donald McKinley Glover[1] (born September 25, cialis 1983) is an American actor, troche writer, site comedian, and musician. Glover first came to attention for his work in the sketch group Derrick Comedy, and is best known for his role as community 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.

Early life and education

Glover was born on September 25, 1983 in Edwards Air Force Base, California[2] to parents Beverly and Donald Sr., and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Stone Mountain, Georgia.[3] Contrary to a persistent rumor, he is not related to actor Danny Glover.[4] Aside from a brother and sister, Glover grew up alongside foster children taken in by his parents.[3] Glover attended Rockbridge Elementary School and DeKalb School of the Arts before studying at New York University, graduating with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006.[5]


Glover is known for his work on the NBC show Community with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase. Glover was a writer for The Daily Show in 2005 and the NBC series 30 Rock from 2006 to 2009, 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.[6]

In 2008, rumors surfaced that Glover was to become a cast member of Saturday Night Live and that he would portray Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Glover denied the SNL rumors on his Facebook profile, stating, “Just to let people know. I was NOT asked to SNL. I just auditioned and there’s been a rumor spreading around the web. Just trying to clear the air.”[7]

Glover’s stand-up special aired on Comedy Central on March 19, 2010.

In May 2010, Glover started a campaign on Twitter to be allowed to audition for the role of Peter Parker in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film, encouraging his supporters to retweet the hashtag “#donald4spiderman”.[8] The campaign, originally started to see how far social networking could carry a message, quickly gained a large following.[9] The call for Glover to be allowed to audition for the role was supported by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.[10] 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.[11] 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.'”.[12]

In June 2010, it was announced that Glover would receive the Rising Comedy Star award at the Just for Laughs festival in July.[13]

Glover was featured in Gap‘s 2010 Holiday ad campaign.

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.[14][15]

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.[16]

Derrick Comedy and other projects

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[citation needed] 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.

In January 2012, Donald made a cameo as himself in the YouTube webseries (Episode 12) “The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl”. He was on the show to meet the main character who is a big fan of Donald Glover and was taken backstage at one of his concerts. [17]


Childish Gambino in concert at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City (October 17, 2010)

Donald Glover DJs and produces his own music under the moniker “mcDJ”. 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 as Childish Gambino,[18] a name he found from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator.[19] 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.[20] 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 2002 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”.[21] The music video was shot by Dan Eckman, the director of the DerrickComedy 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.[22]

On May 4, 2011, in an interview with TheHipHopUpdate, Glover revealed that he was working on an LP, to be released in September.[23]

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.[24] Donald performed a new song from his LP and explained why he had not used Twitter or Tumblr in a while.[25]

On July 25, 2011, Donald Glover announced the name of his new album will be entitled Camp. On October 8, 2011, during his Orlando concert, he announced Camp will 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.[26] 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.[citation needed]

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 mix tape would be coming out soon. Pictures of Stone Mountain appear to be the cover for his mixtape.



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 performances in music venues in cities such as Las Vegas, Houston, Washington, and his hometown of Atlanta. The tour’s shows in New York at the Bowery Ballroom on May 10, and in Brooklyn at Williamsburg Music Hall on May 14, both sold out in three hours after tickets were released on March 4.[3] While on the IAMDONALD tour, Glover interacted with his fans all across the United States.

Sign-Up Tour

The Sign-Up Tour was Donald’s next pre-tour. He visited 11 cities over the course of 38 days in October and November 2011.[27]

Camp Gambino Tour

Donald’s next tour will be a nationwide tour. While no official name has been given for his upcoming tour, it is most likely thought to be named the “Camp Gambino Tour”. Donald made a website for the tour called “Camp Gambino” on November 19, four days after his album released.[28] The tour will also feature special guest Danny Brown. The tour will start on March 16 in Atlanta, Georgia and end on April 19 in Oakland, California. The tour will make 20 stops during the course of 32 days along a dates in California in December.[29]




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