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Childish Gambino

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Whether doing standup, acting on TV and in movies, or performing his off-kilter hip-hop and funk under the name Childish Gambino, it's impossible not to be impressed by Donald Glover's talents. He got his start performing with the sketch group Derrick Comedy, which led to him being hired by Tina Fey in 2006 to write for 30 Rock. Three years later he left that job to move to Los Angeles and was soon cast on the sitcom Community. He had released his first mixtape, Sick Boi, the previous year, using a name, Childish Gambino, he'd been given by an on-line Wu-Tang Clan name generator. His next mixtape, Poindexter, was released on September 19, 2009, the same day Community premiered on NBC. While his brainy, sometimes goofy rapping style was established by these two mixtapes, his next efforts sought to expand his reach and touch on more serious subjects. I AM JUST A RAPPER and I AM JUST A RAPPER 2 were released in quick succession at the beginning of 2010; then a couple months later he released Culdesac, a mixtape that showed off his soulful singing style. All the while he was still starring on Community, launching a successful standup comedy career, and making electronic music under the name mcDJ. To this point all his music had been self-released, but that changed when he was signed to Glassnote Records in 2011. His first official album, Camp, was issued that same year. Busy as ever, Glover launched a tour that lasted into 2012, then released another mixtape, Royalty, denoting his new status as a more serious rapper and featuring a range of musicians including Beck, ScHoolboy Q, and Das Racist's Heems. Along with guesting on tracks by Kilo Kish, Chance the Rapper, Young Dro, and Kenna, his next move was to reduce his commitment to Community in order to focus more on his music and other projects, most notably a production deal with the TBS network. He left the show for good in 2013, and that same year released his second album, Because the Internet. The record featured appearances by Chance the Rapper, Jhené Aiko, and Azealia Banks, and scored Childish Gambino a Top Ten debut chart placement, a gold record, and a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Glover kept up the same determined pace he always had, and in 2015 released a new mixtape, STN MTN, and EP, Kauai, both of which showed him expanding his sound, with the latter featuring more singing than before. His next big project was creating and starring in Atlanta, a well-received comedic drama set in the titular city. It debuted in September of 2016 and was an instant commercial success. Around this same time, Glover began dropping hints about a new album, played a festival in California where he played many new songs, and in November debuted the first single, "Me and Your Mama." It was a new sound cooked up by Glover and longtime producer Ludwig Göransson, based on deeply weird late-'60s and early-'70s psychedelic funk and soul like Sly & the Family Stone and Funkadelic. "Awaken, My Love!", which came out in December of 2016, featured Glover forgoing his trademark rap style completely and instead stretching his vocal range in a variety of styles. ~ Tim Sendra
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Stations Featuring
Childish Gambino

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    2 songs

    Indietronica

    Indietronica
    1 song

    Top Jams [Clean]

    Top Jams [Clean]
    1 song

Albums by
Childish Gambino

Top Songs by
Childish Gambino

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   V. 3005
  3.   Heartbeat
  4.   Sober
  5.   Bonfire
  6.   Freaks and Geeks
  7.   Be Alone
  8.   Redbone
  9.   IV. Sweatpants
  10.   Me and Your Mama
  11.   Fire Fly
  12.   All the Shine
  13.   Hold You Down
  14.   Boogieman
  15.   III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd)
  16.   I. The Worst Guys
  17.   Stand Tall
  18.   That Power
  19.   LES
  20.   You See Me
  21.   II. Worldstar
  22.   Sunrise
  23.   I. Crawl
  24.   Backpackers
  25.   II. Shadows
  26.   Kids (Keep Up)
  27.   Retro (Rough)
  28.   III. Urn
  29.   Pop Thieves (Make It Feel Good)
  30.   III. Life: The Biggest Troll (Andrew Auernheimer)
  31.   II. Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)
  32.   Outside
  33.   The Palisades
  34.   II. No Exit
  35.   Poke
  36.   Letter Home
  37.   California
  38.   II. Earth: The Oldest Computer
  39.   I. Pink Toes by Jhené Aiko
  40.   Late Night in Kauai
  41.   Not Going Back by Beldina Malaika
  42.   I. The Party
  43.   Dial Up
  44.   Money Baby
  45.   I. Flight of the Navigator
  46.   Death By Numbers
  47.   Zombies
  48.   No Small Talk
  49.   Flight of the Navigator
  50.   Playing Around Before The Party Starts
  51.   What Kind of Love
  52.   Move That Dope / Nextel Chirp / Let Your Hair Blow by Young Scooter
  53.   Go DJ
  54.   All Yall
  55.   The Library (Intro)
  56.   Relations
  57.   Baby Boy
  58.   Riot
  59.   Have Some Love
  60.   Candler Road
  61.   U Don't Have to Call
  62.   My Shine
  63.   The Night Me and Your Mama Met
  64.   Terrified
  65.   Childish Gambino @ The Atrium
  66.   Dream / Southern Hospitality / Partna Dem
  67.   Lights Turned On
  68.   AssShots by R O Y A L T Y
  69.   Fucks Given
  70.   Earth: The Oldest Computer (The Last Night) by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  71.   Pink Toes by Jhené Aiko
  72.   I. The Crawl

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