It appears Donald Glover—a.k.a. Childish Gambino— is leaving his musical alter ego behind. At the conclusion of his set at the 2017 Governor’s Ball this past weekend, the dynamic creative announced his next album as Childish Gambino will be his last: “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”
Speaking with Huffington Post yesterday, Glover explained his reasoning for making his next musical body of work his last one under that name. Apparently, a big part of it is his unwillingness to become redundant.
“There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’” he explained. “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.”
Glover also believes dropping another album after his next would mean risking the punk mentality he’s adopted over the years. “I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk,” he said. “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.”
From the sounds of things, Glover, whose album Awaken, My Love! proved to be his most critically and commercially successful project so far, simply doesn’t want to go too mainstream. The thing is, it feels like he’ll simply be trading in one form of mainstream ubiquity for another.
Last fall, he premiered a TV series by the name of Atlanta on FX. The show, which he created and starred in, earned him a handful of trophies when awards season came around. He’s also slated to play the role of Simba in Disney’s remake of The Lion King, and he’s also starring in a Star Wars spin-off movie.
Gambino or no Gambino, Glover’s not going anywhere any time soon.