Donald Glover has explained why he is planning to call time on Childish Gambino.
On stage at Governors Ball in New York City at the weekend, the actor-rapper ended his set with a bombshell. Before exiting the stage, he told the crowd: “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”
Discussing his reasons for retiring his rap project, Glover told The Huffington Post: “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’ 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.”
He added: “Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk. 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.”
Glover has spoken about Childish Gambino being a temporary project in the past. “I want to have periods in my life. I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings,” he said back in 2015.