Childish Gambino used his SNL performance to debut some new music — some of it in the form of a new music video released directly to Youtube during his hosting gig — and it appears he’s starting to find a synthesis between his two primary musical personas. While he retains the funky vibes of his Awaken, My Love! masterpiece on his new song, reportedly called “Saturday,” it veers away from the outright homage to a more modern delivery.
After being introduced by none other than actress Zoe Kravitz, Gambino hit the stage with an unbuttoned leisure shirt, gold chains, and a full band to perform among a packed crowd on stage sitting on lawn chairs and playing dominoes while sipping from red cups. It looked like a house party in the ’70s, complete with a performance from the coolest man on the block.
Both Donald Glover and his musical alter ego Childish Gambino have been batting 1.000 in 2018 (or at least close to it), with a Grammy Award nomination for Album Of The Year, a win for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone,” which he also performed extravagantly on the show, and a starring role in the upcoming Star Wars side story Solo as dashing card sharp and smuggler Lando Calrissian.