Donald Glover Aims to 'Prove' Himself as a Rapper With Live Shows, Upcoming LP
There's Donald Glover the comedian, the one from NBC's hit show 'Community.' Then there's Donald Glover the rapper, the one with clever lyrics and catchy beats.
A comedian trying to rap sounds like a gimmick, but contrary to popular belief, not all actors who try to rap are terrible. Want proof? Listen to Childish Gambino's latest album, 'Culdesac.' Haven't heard of him? Then you may know him by another name: Donald Glover.
Why the alias (which he got from an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator)? Well, if you heard a comedian was releasing a hip-hop album, would you take it seriously? Glover knows you wouldn't, which is one of the reasons you may also be hard-pressed to find featured guests on his upcoming self-produced album, due out this fall.
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"I don't want people to look at it as a crutch. I don't want people to be like, 'Oh, he couldn't do it on his own,' " Glover tells Spinner. "I want to prove myself. I want people to know that I made these beats, I rapped over them, I worked real hard."
If you went to a Childish Gambino show without any prior knowledge of who Donald Glover is or looks like, you may not know that his day job is starring on an NBC sitcom and performing stand-up. But he is very good at keeping both sides independent. Not only does he have distinctive names for each character, he has two completely different on stage personas.
"I feel like stand-up-wise, I am a lot more lax. I get on stage, try and talk to the crowd and be as [much as] one of them as possible," says Glover. "With music, I want that to be more of an experience. When you