With a unique blend of hip-hop spanning multiple genres, combined with a lyrical genius, Childish Gambino has gone from a viral cult following to a mega sensation. This summer the wunderkind makes his Australian debut when he plays Big Day Out.
Childish Gambino is the triple threat of entertainment – actor, writer and rapper – who “just oozes with talent” (Consequence Of Sound). Born Donald Glover, he raps and performs under the persona of Childish Gambino, a name created randomly via an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator.
He doesn’t exactly have the stereotypical hip-hop backstory as he originally started off selling laughs as a writer for the NBC comedy hit show 30 Rock.
His acting career blew up next and his role as Troy on the current NBC comedy Community, drew accolades. “I knew that because of 30 Rock and Community, people will find out I’m a comedian before they know I do music,” says Childish Gambino. “But I’ve been doing music long before any of that.“
Childish Gambino has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in music with the video for his track Freaks and Geeks hitting over 10 million YouTube views. He’s been famed for rhyming over indie grooves such as the likes of Animal Collective, Sleigh Bells, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, and Sufjan Stevens and other times, Childish Gambino just dazzles with insane, complex pop-culture references.
Not one to be pigeonholed, he recently released his latest mixtape Royalty featuring collaborations with Beck, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Ghostface Killah and 30 Rock star and comedian Tina Fey. Live Childish Gambino is backed by arrangements that span indie-rock toddle, lowrider-shaking hip-hop grind, and doo-wop all showcasing his fiercely clever flow.
Bear witness to rap marvel Childish Gambino and his explosive live show that will be the talk of the town. These shows are your only chance to see Childish Gambino outside of Big Day Out 2013. Tickets on sale 9am Thursday November 22 here.
You can pick up Childish Gambino’s latest mixtape ROYALTY here.