ARTIST PROFILE

Childish Gambino

Name: Donald McKinley Glover

Birthday: September 25, 1983

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Donald McKinley Glover is an American actor, writer, producer, comedian, rapper, singer, and songwriter. He performs as a stage artist under the stage name Childish Gambino, and as a disc jockey, he performs under the name mcDJ.

Glover was born at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (née Smith), is a retired daycare provider, and his father, Donald Sr., is a retired postal worker. His parents also served as foster parents for 14 years. Glover was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. He attended DeKalb School of the Arts and 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.

He first came to attention for his work with Derrick Comedy and, with the help of Tina Fey, was hired at the age of 23 to become a writer for the NBC comedy series 30 Rock. He later portrayed community college student Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community.

He currently stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created. He appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Aaron Davis, and has been cast as the young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming, untitled standalone Han Solo Star Wars movie. He will also provide the voice of Simba in a remake of the Disney film The Lion King.

After several self-released albums and mixtapes, Glover signed to Glassnote Records in 2011. He released his first album, Camp, on November 15, 2011 to generally positive reviews. 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’s third album, “Awaken, My Love!”, was released on December 2, 2016.

In an interview with The Guardian Glover stated, “I’m influenced by LCD Soundsystem as much as Ghostface Killah. A lot of the rap shows I saw as a kid were boring, but if you went to a Rage show or a Justice show, the kids were losing their minds. Kids just want to go nuts, Odd Future know that. People want to experience something physical.” He has also spoken of his being influenced by Salvador Dali.

Glover has a brother named Stephen, who also works with him as a writer for Atlanta. Glover has one child, who was born in early 2016. During his Golden Globe acceptance speech in January 2017, Glover revealed the child was a boy.

At the Governor’s Ball in early June 2017, Glover revealed his son was named ‘Legend’, before performing ‘Baby Boy’ in tribute to his son.

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