After performing at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival, Childish Gambino finished his performance with Billboard’s #17 on the Hot 100, “Redbone”. But moments before leaving the stage, Gambino addresses the New York crowd, “You’re in my heart”, he says, “I’ll see you at the last Gambino album”.
It was obvious fans were thrown off by the announcement, shouting and murmuring their confusion after Gambino’s quick exit. Some speculated that this was the rapper’s announcing of a hiatus, possibly to move onto the many other events in the future. However, after an interview with Huffpost, Gambino confirms the end of his music career.
He states, “Like I feel there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk. 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”.
Personally, I believe this is a good step for Gambino. He has chosen to end strong, rather than string along something that just is not the same anymore. As an actor, comedian, DJ, and rapper, Gambino is a full deck of talent and opportunities. This is far from the end of us witnessing Donald Glover’s punk and unique style.
While the release date of his album has not been announced, Donald Glover’s acting career has continued to steamroll ahead with a second season of “Atlanta”, in addition to voicing ‘Simba’ from the Disney remake of “The Lion King”. The actor will also be lighting up the big screen as a young Lando Calrissian in the latest, “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Spiderman: Homecoming”.