Donald Glover Is Retiring Childish Gambino Because It’s Not Punk
Last weekend during his Governors Ball set, Donald Glover hinted that the next Childish Gambino album would be the project’s last, which makes sense because Glover has a lot of other stuff going on, like his good TV show Atlanta. During a promotional event for the series, he was asked about ending his music career and Glover told Huffington Post that he felt it wasn’t necessary anymore. “There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?,'” he said to illustrate his point. “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.” He continued:
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.
Childish Gambino’s most recent album was last year’s Awaken, My Love!. As Glover mentioned, its single “Redbone” is his biggest hit ever, clocking in at #17 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100.