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LAist Interview: Donald Glover is Childish (Gambino)

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Photo courtesy DG.
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Last year, LAist got an early leak of the Poindexter album by rapper Childish Gambino. Or, as he's more universally known, actor / writer / comedian Donald Glover. Since then, his show Community has been picked up for a second season on NBC, he's had a stand up special on Comedy Central, the film he co-wrote, stars in, and scored - Mystery Team - has moved from theaters to DVD, and he's gotten press lately for parlaying a few tweets into legitimate talk to play the next Spiderman. Maybe.

Recently, we got to sit down with Donald to talk about the free online release of his new album Culdesac on July 2nd, past projects, the future of rap, and what makes Spiderman so great.

LAist: So Don, how did you come to start rapping as Childish Gambino?

Donald Glover: It was kind of like a lot of other things, it was an extension of what I was already doing. I was making beats so much, it was actually a nice way to unwind, and I wanted to have somebody rap over these, and I’m like: OK, I’ll do it. That was pretty much it.

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LAist: How do you find the time to make beats, rap, act, write, and do stand up?

DG: I just make beats for fun, I like messing around with it. I’m kind of a slave to it, because I go ‘Oh, I love this beat!’ and then ‘ugh, now I gotta rap over it’. Not that I hate rapping, but (Culdesac) wasn’t supposed to happen. I’m not supposed to be doing music. For a long time, it’s been ‘Donald, buckle down, start writing other stuff’. And I have been writing other stuff, but this album just took over. There’s so much to rap about.