Childish Gambino’s Hints That His Music Career Is Coming To An End
Donald Glover is gearing up for a busy year ahead. He’s been cast as Simba in Disney’s live-action version of The Lion King and will play young Lando Calrissian in the stand-alone Han Solo movie. He’s mentioned that his hit FX show, Atlanta, won’t return until 2018 because of his other projects, but that still means he’s going to be working on it in the next year. Oh, and he just became a father this past October. So it makes sense that he’s taking a step back from one of his other artistic commitments: music.
Glover—also known as Childish Gambino—performed at Governors Ball this weekend in, what he announced, is going to be his only performance of the year. He sang both old and newer tracks, including a cover of Tamia’s “So Into You.” He revealed the name of his son (Legend) and encouraged the audience to love each other and make out. After doing all of that, toward the end of his set, he told the crowd: “You’re in my heart. I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.” Then, he proceeded to exit stage left.
Shocking in the moment, not so much when you look at the bigger picture. Gambino has evolved significantly as a musical artist, experimenting with and, for the most part, succeeding with teetering the line between rap, pop, and, most recently, funk. “Redbone” off of Awaken, My Love! was even turned into a meme and featured in Get Out, one of the best movies of the year.
Watch his performance of “Redbone” and his announcement below.