Watch Childish Gambino Cover P.M. Dawn’s “I’d Die Without You”

By Tom Breihan / February 5, 2014 - 12:28 pm

We here at Stereogum have long been accused of not taking Donald Glover seriously. And while it’s true that I generally find Childish Gambino, Glover’s rap alter-ego, to be an unctuous, overly self-conscious, teacher’s-pet mic presence, his run on Community, which ended with a great goodbye episode a couple of weeks ago, was magical. He’s also long had good taste in openers, as he showed when he took a pre-Acid Rap Chance The Rapper on tour. And now we know that he has a lovely singing voice, too. On a recent visit to BBC Live Lounge, he did a lovely live-in-studio cover of P.M. Dawn’s 1992 slow jam “I’d Die Without You,” one of the most beautiful love songs that a human being has ever written. Watch it below.

Childish Gambino’s album Because The Internet is out now on Glassnote/Universal. And when P.M. Dawn’s The Bliss Album…? turned 20 last year, I wrote this about it.