Donald Glover Says His Music Career As Childish Gambino Isn’t “Necessary” Anymore

Glover confirmed that his next album under his rap moniker would be his last.

June 06, 2017

During his performance at Governors Ball on June 3, Donald Glover hinted that his next album as Childish Gambino would be his last as he walked off stage. In a new interview with Huffington Post, Glover confirmed that he's planning to retire his rap moniker, saying he felt that Gambino isn't "necessary."

“There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’” he said. “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 also said that continuing with his career as Childish Gambino might compromise his "punk" approach to making music. "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," Glover explained. "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.”

While he may be bringing his music career to a close, Donald Glover has a lot on his plate as far as film and television goes. He's appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, due out this July, will be voicing Simba in the live-action adaptation of The Lion King, and is developing a animated Deadpool series for FXX with his brother, Stephen. He's also working on season 2 of Atlanta, which has been pushed back to 2018.