Childish Gambino recently suggested he will no longer be making music.
It was not that long ago that we shared the news of Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, deciding between who to sign a deal with- it was just at the end of April, in fact. Before that, Gambino was showing love to Atlanta and Migos as he accepted a Golden Globe for his role in Atlanta. After the success of his last album, though, a retirement would certainly be a bit surprising.
“Redbone” peaked at Number 1 on the Bill Board Adult R & B Songs chart. The soulful single was released from his Awaken, My Love! album. It was even featured during the opening credits of Jordan Peele’s highly successful film, “Get Out“. Furthermore, Childish Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! album debuted in the number one spot on Bill Board‘s R & B Albums chart last December.
On June 3rd, Gambino hit the stage at the Governers Ball Music Festival in New York City. It was during his set that he mentioned ‘the last Gambino album’ according to Bill Board. He also said that his performance on the second day of this music festival was the only show he’ll be doing this year. He even dedicated his performance of “Baby Boy” to his son, Legend. This year’s Governers Ball Music Festival also featured performances from Wu-Tang members and Rae Sremmurd. Childish Gambino mentioned this last album at the festival and left it at that according to Hollywood.
However, he later addressed his announcement in more detail, declaring that he will only retire his Childish Gambino byname.
“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.” – Donald Glover via Huffington Post
Right on. Stay true to yourself.