Donald Glover Explains Why He Is Retiring Childish Gambino
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:26:23
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Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, announced at the end of his Governors Ball set that he would be retiring his current music alias. To be exact he told the crowd, "I'll see you for the last Gambino album." It was certainly a surprise to hear, especially from someone who has continued to climb both the charts and critic lists. His most recent album, "Awaken, My Love!", was just dropped in December of last year, and became his highest charting record so far, reaching number 5 on the US Billboard 200.
Glover opened up to The Huffington Post about why he has made the decision for Gambino to lay down the mic: "There's nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we're like, 'again?' 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."
Adding, "Like I feel like there's gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk. 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."
However, there is still no word on when we might be able to expect another Childish Gambino album. Considering it was three years between the last two, we might just have time. But it certainly puts us in quite the predicament, want more new music, while also not wanting to lose the act forever. Oh the great quandaries of life.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff