In a recent interview with Noisey, Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, gave readers a genuine glimpse into the writer/actor/rapper’s psyche as he mused on death, hip hop, being black, and living up to elevated expectations from himself and fans alike. Slava Pastuk navigates a series of questions that prompt the recently turned-30 Glover to broach topics glossed over by standard one-on-one pieces. Even the way the interview came together was unique, if it wasn’t for the internet it wouldn’t have happened.
“The fact that this interview even took place is a testament to the power of the internet. After his Breakfast Club interview, I started tweeting my thoughts on Childish Gambino’s musical output. All of my opinions weren’t positive, but his friend Fam sought me out online to thank me for not criticizing the person, but the music he was making. This led to an email exchange that culminated in Fam inviting me to drop by the hotel the day before Glover would announce that he’d be doing all of his press at once, in the park, with all of his fans. In short, I was granted an exclusive sit-down to talk about Because the Internet, because of the internet.”
Childish Gambino fan or not, the interview is entertaining and touches on a lot of topics that will spur discussion in communities beyond hip-hop. Funny, introspective, and dark, it’s likely to have you reflecting on your own ambitions by the time you’re finished reading.
So is that because you’re a rapper or because you’re black?
Here’s the thing: he kept saying “rap.” And to us, and to you, we’d be like, “No, it’s a Childish Gambino show. It’s going to be filled with young girls and nerds who like puns. There’s no danger.” But they heard “rap” and that was it—it triggered something. And that word doesn’t mean the same thing to different generations.
You can read the entire interview here. ‘Because the Internet’, Childish Gambino’s second studio album releases on Glassnote Records December 10, 2013. In the meantime check out the videos and tracks below.