Q&A with Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino

When in his rap alter-ego Childish Gambino, actor-writer-comedian-musician Donald Glover dismisses the thought of being perceived as an actor with a side hobby. Still shooting episodes for NBC’s cult sitcom Community (currently on midseason hiatus), Glover is looking at doing a feature film while also prepping to go on a North American “Camp Gambino Tour” this spring.

The fact that Childish Gambino is a name he found using an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator notwithstanding, Glover handles acting and music with equal measures of passion and determinism. Since releasing his first studio album Camp last November, the response has been upbeat. Mostly.

“I think that all the feedback and sales is good but also a lot of it has been troubling. Sometimes I’m like, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’” says Glover while doing a promotional stop in Toronto. And if some are trying to define his music or acting “nerd/geek” persona to mean he’s some standard for an “alternative blackness” he’s not sure that he’s the one. “It’s this kind of thing where it’s okay if that’s what you guys want from me. But I’m going to keep being myself. And you’re probably going to disagree with some of my stuff.”

Glover is definitely on the rise (and a cool chap to rap with to boot). Check out the full interview in the February 2012 Exclaim! Magazine.


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