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Donald McKinley Glover (/ˈɡlʌvər/; born September 25, 1983) is an American actor, comedian and musician. As a recording artist, he usually performs with the stage name Childish Gambino. While a disk jockey, he performs as mcDJ. He first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy and with the help of Tina Fey, was hired at the age of 21 to become a writer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. He later played college student Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community. After several self-released albums and mixtapes, Glover signed to Glassnote Records in 2011 as Childish Gambino. He released Camp on Glassnote on November 15, 2011. His second studio album, Because the Internet, was released on December 10, 2013. Glover was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2015, Best Rap Album for Because the Internet and Best Rap Performance for his single "3005".

Glover was born at Edwards Air Force Base, California and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (Smith, is a retired daycare provider, and his father, Donald, Sr., is a retired postal worker. His parents also served as DeKalb County foster parents for 14 years. He was raised a Jehovah's Witness. He was voted "Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons" in his High School yearbook. Glover graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in dramatic writing in 2006.

From 2006 to 2009, Glover was a writer for the NBC series 30 Rock where he also had occasional cameo appearances. He was presented the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the third season. Glover's stage name, Childish Gambino, came from the Wu-Tang Clan's name generator. On June 5, 2008, he released an independent album, titled Sick Boi. Glover would then become a member of the sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy, along with Dominic Dierkes, Meggie McFadden, DC Pierson, and Dan Eckman. The group wrote and starred in a feature-length film, Mystery Team, released in theaters in 2009.

On September 17, 2009, Childish Gambino released the independent album Poindexter. A pair of mixtapes, titled I Am Just a Rapper and I Am Just A Rapper 2 were released, in close succession in 2010. Robert Scahill added his producing expertise helping with the majority of the tracks. The track listings for those mixtapes consist of the name of the song "he" raps, followed by the song he raps over. His second album, Culdesac, was set to be released on July 2, 2010, but a couple of last minute additions caused the album to be delayed for a day. The album was made available on July 3. Glover has stated in interviews that on Sick Boi and Poindexter he felt he had to hide behind gimmicks, such as pink hoodies, but with his subsequent projects, he has touched on more personal subject matter, including family, schoolyard bullying, troubled romantic relationships, suicidal thoughts and alcoholism. He has disowned his 2005 album, The Younger I Get, as the too-raw ramblings of what he calls a "decrepit Drake."

Glover's stand-up special aired on Comedy Central on March 19, 2010. In May 2010, a fan suggested Glover for the role of Peter Parker in the then-upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film, encouraging his supporters to retweet the hashtag "#donald4spiderman". The campaign, originally started to see how far social networking could carry a message, quickly gained a large following. The call for Glover to be allowed to audition for the role was supported by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee. Glover was not awarded an audition and the role instead went to Andrew Garfield. He would later reveal that he was never contacted by anyone from Sony Pictures for the role. Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, who announced an African-American version of Spider-Man a year later, said he had conceived of the character before Glover's campaign went viral. Bendis gave credit to Glover for influencing the new hero's looks for Spider-man after seeing him dressed as Spider-Man on Community (a nod to the campaign), Bendis said, "I saw him in the costume and thought, 'I would like to read that book.'" Glover would later voice this incarnation of Spider-Man on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.

Glover received the Rising Comedy Star award at the Just for Laughs festival in July 2010. Glover was featured in Gap's 2010 Holiday ad campaign. He DJs and produces electronic music under the moniker "mcDJ" (pronounced "M-C-D-J"). His music is often made available for free download via his website.[citation needed]

On December 1, 2010, Glover released the first track off of his EP titled "Be Alone". He released the next track, "Freaks and Geeks", as well as a five-song track list, on February 11, 2011. On February 25, Glover released the dates for the IAMDONALD tour and also his very first music video for "Freaks and Geeks". The music video was shot by Dan Eckman, the director of the Derrick Comedy troupe. This song was later used in an Adidas commercial featuring Dwight Howard. On March 8, 2011 Glover released the EP via his official website.

On March 16, 2011, Glover hosted the mtvU Woodie Awards held live at South By Southwest. On March 24, 2011, Glover taped his one-hour comedy special Weirdo for Comedy Central; it aired on November 19.

Glover appeared at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 9 in the 'This Tent' as Childish Gambino and June 11 at 'The Comedy Theater' with Bill Bailey performing stand up. Comedy Central streamed the comedy live on their website.

On May 4, 2011, in an interview with TheHipHopUpdate, Glover revealed that he was working on an LP, to be released in September. On July 25, 2011, Glover announced that his new album would be titled Camp. On October 8, during his Orlando, Florida concert, he announced Camp would be released on November 15, 2011. Glover worked with friend and film composer Ludwig Göransson on the debut album.[28] On August 20, 2011, at the Los Angeles Rock The Bells concert, he gave an interview to AllHipHop.com, and he announced to the crowd that he had signed with Glassnote Records. On September 20, his first official single, "Bonfire", was released.

The IAMDONALD tour made 24 stops in 34 days, beginning with Ames, Iowa, on April 16, and finishing with Minneapolis on May 19. In between, this included stops at music venues in Las Vegas, Houston, Washington, and Atlanta. The tour was a one-man live show that consisted of rap, comedy, and video segments.

The Sign-Up Tour was Glover's next pre-album tour. He visited 11 cities over the course of 38 days in October and November 2011. Glover made a website for the tour called Camp Gambino on November 19, four days after his album released. The tour featured special guest Danny Brown and made 20 stops during the course of 32 days along a dates in California in December. On March 14, 2012, several dates on the CAMP tour were postponed due to a fractured foot Glover suffered on March 10, while performing in Tampa, Florida. The tour began in Austin, Texas on April 5 and ended August 10 in Hollywood, California.

On January 11, 2012, Childish Gambino announced on his website that a new mixtape would be coming out soon. On April 2, he released a new song, "Eat Your Vegetables", through his website. On May 14, Funkmaster Flex premiered "Unnecessary," featuring Schoolboy Q. On May 16, Gambino released "We Ain't Them" through his website, produced by himself and frequent collaborator Ludwig. On May 22, Glover appeared on Das Racist's radio show "Chillin' Island" where he premiered a new song, "Tell Me," which featured Himanshu Suri, aka Heems from Das Racist. On May 26, Glover released "Black Faces", featuring Nipsey Hussle and produced by Boi-1da. On May 30, he released a third track, "Silk Pillow," featuring Beck and produced by both Glover and Beck. On June 25, Glover revealed that the mixtape was to be released on July 4, 2012. On June 26, Glover premiered another new track, on Sway in the Morning (on Shade 45), entitled "One Up," featuring his brother, Steve G. Lover. That same day, Glover stated that the mixtape would be titled Royalty despite previous statements that it would not be called that. On July 4, 2012, Glover released Royalty for free via digital download. On July 7, 2012, Gambino released the track, "Body," featuring Prodigy, which did not make the cut for the mixtape. On July 24, 2012, he released the music video for "Fire Fly" through his VEVO account on YouTube.

On August 21, 2012, BBC Radio 1 premiered Leona Lewis' new song, "Trouble" off her upcoming album Glassheart, which features Childish Gambino. The song was available for purchase via iTunes on October 7, and peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart the following week, making it his first UK top 10 single.] On November 4, 2012 Ludwig Göransson said in an interview with Portable that he and Glover were in his studio coming up with new ideas for the next album which was to be "bigger" and "with more people involved."

In 2013, Glover signed on to create a music-themed show for FX titled Atlanta in which he will star, write, and executive produce. Consequently, Glover decided to reduce his work for NBC, and only appears in the first five episodes of Community's 13-episode fifth season. Although many TV stations were interested in picking up his half-hour comedy, he ultimately picked FX due to their willingness to work around his touring schedule.

On October 6, 2013, Glover announced on Twitter that his second studio album was completed. He further announced this at Homecoming Week at Penn State University, stating “I got a new album coming out soon, so this is the last time we’re gonna play a lot of this shit.” On October 8, 2013, he announced its title as Because the Internet and revealed that it would be released in December 2013. On October 21, 2013, Glover released the first single "3005", and announced a release date for the album as December 10, 2013. On February 15, 2014, the rapper launched his Deep Web Tour in the UK. On February 27, Childish Gambino was scheduled to begin the United States portion of his tour with a gig at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. On June 6, 2014, RIAA certified Heartbeat Gold - making it Glover's first certification, and then on July 18, 2014, RIAA also certified 3005 Gold, making it Glover's second certification.

On October 2, 2014, he released a new mixtape titled STN MTN, and the next day he released an EP titled Kauai. The mixtape and the EP follow the story that was last told in Because The Internet and are meant to be a joint project instead of separate projects.

On October 10, 2014, Ubisoft revealed that they had collaborated with Glover to incorporate his song, "Crawl" into Far Cry 4.

On December 5, 2014 Glover was nominated for two Grammy Awards. He was a contender for Best Rap Album for Because The Internet (Glassnote Records) and Best Rap Performance for his single, “3005.”

On March 21, 2015 Glover won an mtvU Woodies Award for Best Video Woodie for the song "Sober" from the Kauai EP.

As of February 2016, Because The Internet has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping over 500,000 copies.



Song lyric Sober SOBER Childish Gambino
Song lyric Redbone REDBONE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Me and Your Mama ME AND YOUR MAMA Childish Gambino
Song lyric 0.00 0.00 Childish Gambino
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Song lyric 19.10 19.10 Childish Gambino
Song lyric 3005 3005 Childish Gambino
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Song lyric Algorhythm ALGORHYTHM Childish Gambino
Song lyric All Yall ALL YALL Childish Gambino
Song lyric All the Shine ALL THE SHINE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Almost There ALMOST THERE Childish Gambino
Song lyric American Royalty AMERICAN ROYALTY Childish Gambino
Song lyric Assasins ASSASINS Childish Gambino
Song lyric Baby Doll BABY DOLL Childish Gambino
Song lyric Backpackers BACKPACKERS Childish Gambino
Song lyric Be Alone BE ALONE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Bitch, Look at Me Now (Two Weeks) BITCH, LOOK AT ME NOW (TWO WEEKS) Childish Gambino
Song lyric Black Faces BLACK FACES Childish Gambino
Song lyric Bonfire BONFIRE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Boogieman BOOGIEMAN Childish Gambino
Song lyric Both Hands (Black Rainbow) BOTH HANDS (BLACK RAINBOW) Childish Gambino
Song lyric Break (AOTL) BREAK (AOTL) Childish Gambino
Song lyric California CALIFORNIA Childish Gambino
Song lyric Candler Road CANDLER ROAD Childish Gambino
Song lyric Centipede CENTIPEDE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Different DIFFERENT Childish Gambino
Song lyric Different (Feel It All Around) DIFFERENT (FEEL IT ALL AROUND) Childish Gambino
Song lyric Do Ya Like DO YA LIKE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Dream/Southern Hospitality/Partna Dem DREAM/SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY/PARTNA DEM Childish Gambino
Song lyric Easy EASY Childish Gambino
Song lyric Eat Your Vegetables EAT YOUR VEGETABLES Childish Gambino
Song lyric Extraordinary EXTRAORDINARY Childish Gambino
Song lyric Feels Like Summer FEELS LIKE SUMMER Childish Gambino
Song lyric Fire Fly FIRE FLY Childish Gambino
Song lyric Flight Of The Navigator FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR Childish Gambino
Song lyric Freaks And Geeks FREAKS AND GEEKS Childish Gambino
Song lyric Fresh FRESH Childish Gambino
Song lyric Fuck It All FUCK IT ALL Childish Gambino
Song lyric Fuck Your Blog FUCK YOUR BLOG Childish Gambino
Song lyric Fucks Given FUCKS GIVEN Childish Gambino
Song lyric Go DJ GO DJ Childish Gambino
Song lyric Grind GRIND Childish Gambino
Song lyric Grindin My Whole Life (Freestyle) GRINDIN MY WHOLE LIFE (FREESTYLE) Childish Gambino
Song lyric Have Some Love HAVE SOME LOVE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Hawk Jones HAWK JONES Childish Gambino
Song lyric Heartbeat HEARTBEAT Childish Gambino
Song lyric Hero HERO Childish Gambino
Song lyric Hold You Down HOLD YOU DOWN Childish Gambino
Song lyric I Be on That I BE ON THAT Childish Gambino
Song lyric I'd Die Without You I'D DIE WITHOUT YOU Childish Gambino
Song lyric I'm Alright I'M ALRIGHT Childish Gambino
Song lyric I'm on It I'M ON IT Childish Gambino
Song lyric I. The Party I. THE PARTY Childish Gambino
Song lyric I. The Worst Guys I. THE WORST GUYS Childish Gambino
Song lyric I. the worst guys (feat. Chance The Rapper) I. THE WORST GUYS (FEAT. CHANCE THE RAPPER) Childish Gambino
Song lyric II. Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) II. EARTH: THE OLDEST COMPUTER (THE LAST NIGHT) Childish Gambino
Song lyric II. No Exit II. NO EXIT Childish Gambino
Song lyric II. Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information) II. ZEALOTS OF STOCKHOLM (FREE INFORMATION) Childish Gambino
Song lyric II. shadows II. SHADOWS Childish Gambino
Song lyric III. Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auernheimer) III. LIFE: THE BIGGEST TROLL (ANDREW AUERNHEIMER) Childish Gambino
Song lyric III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd) III. TELEGRAPH AVE. ("OAKLAND" BY LLOYD) Childish Gambino
Song lyric III. Urn III. URN Childish Gambino
Song lyric III. life: the biggest troll [andrew auernheimer] ft. Donald Glover III. LIFE: THE BIGGEST TROLL [ANDREW AUERNHEIMER] FT. DONALD GLOVER Childish Gambino
Song lyric IV. Sweatpants IV. SWEATPANTS Childish Gambino
Song lyric Kids KIDS Childish Gambino
Song lyric L.E.S. L.E.S. Childish Gambino
Song lyric Let Me Dope You LET ME DOPE YOU Childish Gambino
Song lyric Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auernheimer) LIFE: THE BIGGEST TROLL (ANDREW AUERNHEIMER) Childish Gambino
Song lyric Lights Turned On LIGHTS TURNED ON Childish Gambino
Song lyric Longest Text Message LONGEST TEXT MESSAGE Childish Gambino
Song lyric My Girls MY GIRLS Childish Gambino
Song lyric My Name Bam-B MY NAME BAM-B Childish Gambino
Song lyric New Prince (Crown on the Ground) NEW PRINCE (CROWN ON THE GROUND) Childish Gambino
Song lyric Not Going Back NOT GOING BACK Childish Gambino
Song lyric One Up ONE UP Childish Gambino
Song lyric Outside OUTSIDE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Phat People PHAT PEOPLE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good) POP THIEVES (MAKE IT FEEL GOOD) Childish Gambino
Song lyric Pound Cake Freestyle POUND CAKE FREESTYLE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Put It in My Video PUT IT IN MY VIDEO Childish Gambino
Song lyric Real Estate REAL ESTATE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Red Alert RED ALERT Childish Gambino
Song lyric Retro RETRO Childish Gambino
Song lyric Riot RIOT Childish Gambino
Song lyric Shoulda Known SHOULDA KNOWN Childish Gambino
Song lyric So Into You SO INTO YOU Childish Gambino
Song lyric So Sick Wit It SO SICK WIT IT Childish Gambino
Song lyric Stand Tall STAND TALL Childish Gambino
Song lyric Starlight STARLIGHT Childish Gambino
Song lyric Summertime Magic SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino
Song lyric Sunrise SUNRISE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Sunshine SUNSHINE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Sweatpants SWEATPANTS Childish Gambino
Song lyric Terrified TERRIFIED Childish Gambino
Song lyric That Power THAT POWER Childish Gambino
Song lyric The Last THE LAST Childish Gambino
Song lyric The Longest Text Message THE LONGEST TEXT MESSAGE Childish Gambino
Song lyric The Palisades THE PALISADES Childish Gambino
Song lyric The Rocker THE ROCKER Childish Gambino
Song lyric The Truth (Goth Star) THE TRUTH (GOTH STAR) Childish Gambino
Song lyric They Don't Like Me THEY DON'T LIKE ME Childish Gambino
Song lyric This Is America THIS IS AMERICA Childish Gambino
Song lyric Til I Die TIL I DIE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Tim Westwood Freestyle TIM WESTWOOD FREESTYLE Childish Gambino
Song lyric Toxic TOXIC Childish Gambino
Song lyric Turd in the Oven TURD IN THE OVEN Childish Gambino
Song lyric Untouchable UNTOUCHABLE Childish Gambino
Song lyric V. 3005 V. 3005 Childish Gambino
Song lyric We Ain't Them WE AIN'T THEM Childish Gambino
Song lyric Won't Stop WON'T STOP Childish Gambino
Song lyric Wonderful WONDERFUL Childish Gambino
Song lyric Yaphet Kotto YAPHET KOTTO Childish Gambino
Song lyric Yes YES Childish Gambino
Song lyric You See Me YOU SEE ME Childish Gambino
Song lyric Zombies ZOMBIES Childish Gambino