Last weekend, Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) alarmed fans when he hinted at the idea of retirement during his performance at Governor’s Ball, saying, “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.” In a new interview with Huffington Post, Glover reveals why he’s departing from his popular rap moniker for good.
“There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘Again?’, he told Huff Post during an event to promote his FX show Atlanta. “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.”
“Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk,” he continued. “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. 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.”
Glover has clearly proved that he’s simply more than just a rapper. After achieving major success with his hit TV series Atlanta (he’s currently writing season 2), the 33-year-old landed roles in several forthcoming major films, including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, and a live-action remake of the 1994 Disney classic Lion King.
The multi-faceted star also flourished on the music scene last year after the release of his third studio album Awaken, My Love!. His single “Redbone” currently sits at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart.