While delivering his energized set at Governors Ball—his first and only show of 2017—Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) shocked the crowd when he announced, “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.” While the news is disappointing for Gambino fans, his reasoning to end the project is sensible. In a recent interview, the singer/rapper/actor/comedian told The Huffington Post he’ll be retiring his musical persona after his next album is because it will no longer be punk.
“Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk,” Glover revealed. “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 on the radio, I’m like there’s only so far you can go before you just are the radio.”
Maybe Glover’s musical alter ego would survive longer if he had taken a page out of Avril Lavigne’s book and not broken the number one rule of being punk, which is to never self-describe as punk. Donald, if you’re reading, take a look at the video below to listen to the totally-not-punk rocker’s words of wisdom (at 1:26).
Glover will now be focusing on his television projects: an animated Deadpool series and the hit show Atlanta, which has already won two Golden Globes after just one season. Watch one of our favorite clips from the show below, and a 2011 Gambino performance from the Paste Cloud beneath that.