For the people who only know Donald Glover as “that guy from Community that also sometimes raps,” there’s far more to the story. Glover’s career includes a long history of improv and sketch comedy, dramatic writing, and, of course, music. Over the years he’s proven himself to be a tireless entertainer who always working to polish his craft in every department. 2016 is the culmination of all those years of quietly working behind the scenes; this year has been very kind to Glover, and he’s reached a peak in every industry he works in.
The first season of Atlanta – for which he served creator, executive producer, and co-writer — was a hit, and FX almost immediately renewed the show for a second season. Then, he was cast as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming 2018 young Han Solo film, and finally, he just announced his return to music with the Awaken, My Love, the first Childish Gambino album in three years. From the sound of tracks like “Redbone,” it’s going to be an incredible album. We’ll find out next week.
But none of this happened by accident, Glover has been steadily working on his craft before he even graduated from college. Let’s look back at the groundwork Glover laid in order to take 2016 by storm.