In bittersweet news, the unfathomably talented Donald Glover has announced a new album for release later this year… but it’ll be his last one ever as Childish Gambino.
Variety reported this morning that Glover’s agency/label Wolf + Rothstein have partnered with RCA Records for a new recording and label deal, with new music expected out this year.
“It was a necessary change of pace,” said Glover about the move, with RCA chairman and CEO Peter Edge saying: “Donald is undoubtably one of the most talented, multi-faceted, young entertainers of this era. We are excited to join forces with him and Wolf + Rothstein to usher in the next phase of Childish Gambino’s musical career.”
“I’ll see you for the last Gambino album,” he told the crowd at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York, later explaining to HuffPost: “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie, and we’re like, ‘again?’.”
He added: “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. 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.”
His last album, Awaken, My Love!, was a new direction for Gambino, and it wasn’t all that well-received by fans desperate to hear more of his old stuff. (FWIW, in this writer’s opinion, Awaken had some absolutely killer tracks, but it was a slight disappointment after Because The Internet.)
We’ll keep you updated on any news re: the new (and final) Childish Gambino album. Meanwhile, he’s performing at the 2018 Grammy Awards, so there’s that to look forward to.