Donald Glover Says He's Retiring Childish Gambino to Maintain His "Punk" Cred

BY Sarah MurphyPublished Jun 7, 2017

During his set at Governors Ball this past weekend in New York, Donald Glover hinted that his next Childish Gambino album would be the last under that moniker. Now, he's elaborated on the decision to retire the rap alter-ego.
At a press event for his FX show Atlanta, Glover spoke to the Huffington Post and confirmed that he would be hanging up his music career in order to maintain his "punk" approach to making art.
"There's nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we're like, 'again?'" he said. "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 continued: "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."
Last year's Awaken, My Love! marked Childish Gambino's third studio album, adding to a catalogue that also includes seven mixtapes and two EPs.
Although his musical output will be coming to a halt, Glover's got plenty of other projects on the go right now. His Golden Globe-winning show Atlanta returns for its second season next year, and he's currently developing an animated Deadpool series. Furthermore, Glover will play Lando Calrissian in Star Wars' upcoming Han Solo movie and voice the lead role of Simba in Jon Favreau's live-action remake of The Lion King.

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