The actor/rapper has sold a comedy series, 'Atlanta,' focused on the music biz in his hometown, to FX.
In mid-October, Donald Glover worried fans and observers with a series of Instagram photos of handwritten notes that outlined his various fears. "I'm afraid of the future," the first read. But for the actor/comedy writer/rapper, who releases music under the name Childish Gambino, it wasn't a cry for help–it was one for honesty.
"People think I'm depressed, but I'm just being real with myself and with everybody," Gambino says. "A good percentage of my day was spent making people feel comfortable, and the music that goes with this story isn't necessarily comfortable. I feel like I don't have the time to make people comfortable."
The music in question is off Gambino's new album, "because the internet," out Dec. 10 through Glassnote. The LP, a bizarrely compelling collection of songs that veers from caustic rap numbers to emotive, largely instrumental ballads, follows his 2011 Glassnote debut, "Camp," which bowed at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Rap Albums, and has moved 242,000 units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Before "Camp," and the critical acclaim and touring that accompanied it, many thought Gambino's rap career was some sort of joke: He first gained fame on small-screen sitcoms, writing for "30 Rock" and starring on "Community."