Kobalt Music has signed Grammy Award-winning rapper Childish Gambino, née Donald Glover, to a worldwide publishing agreement. The deal also extends to Glover’s creative agency Wolf + Rothstein. The terms of both agreements include publishing administration, global synch and creative support services. In the case of Gambino, the pact covers all of his future songs after the Awaken, My Love! album.
“Donald is one of those rare, multi-talented artists who can do it all,” says Kobalt senior VP, creative Al McLean in a statement announcing the signing. “It’s an honor to sign Donald and the Wolf + Rothstein collective to the Kobalt family.”
Adds Wolf + Rothstein co-principal Wolf Taylor, “Wolf + Rothstein is excited to partner with Kobalt. We’re looking forward to growing the roster together.”
Glover will be handling both host and performer duties on the May 5 episode of Saturday Night Live. The Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Grammy-winning actor, writer, comedian, DJ and rapper also stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created and occasionally directs. Earlier this year, Glover/Gambino and Wolf + Rothstein announced its recording and label deal with RCA Records. A new Gambino album is due later this year. The rapper will recently announced additional dates for his upcoming North American tour with special guests Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples. The tour will kick off Sept. 6 in Atlanta.
Wolf + Rothstein, which operates out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles, is comprised of Glover, Taylor and Fam Rothstein. The trio worked with the band that helped compose Awaken, My Love! The album garnered two nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards including album of the year and best urban contemporary album. Winning a Grammy for best traditional R&B performance, its hit single “Redbone” also picked up nods for record of the year and best R&B song.
The signing of Glover/Gambino signals the latest addition to Kobalt’s growing R&B/hip-hop roster. Over the last year, the company has signed Mike Will Made-It (Kendrick Lamar), Noah “40” Shebib (Drake), Raphael Saadiq and Yo Gotti.