Donald Glover from NBC comedy series "Community" shocked the Internet the week before last when he told AllHipHop.com that he, under his rap moniker Childish Gambino, had signed with indie label Glassnote Records (Phoenix, Mumford & Sons).
"There's a tremendous sense of rock'n'roll about him, an irreverence and an authenticity," Glassnote founder/president Daniel Glass says of Gambino. "He fits in with our roster because he's alternative."
The courtship started in March when the rapper hosted the mtvU Woodie Awards and then impressed Glass with his career vision at the event's afterparty. A few weeks later, Glass watched Gambino perform at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Talks heated up earlier this summer after Gambino visited with the Glassnote staff at Bonnaroo.