While performing at Governors Ball this past summer, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) told the crowd, “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.” He later clarified that comment, but his new record deal has raised some more questions about his future in music. So, on the Grammy red carpet last night, Glover again confirmed that Childish Gambino will soon be laid to rest.
When asked about it, Glover said that he’s working on another Childish Gambino album, but that endings are a good thing:
“I stand by that. I’m really appreciative of this. I’m making another project right now. But I like endings, I think they’re important to progress. I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. I think ending are good because they force things to get better.”
This reinforces what Glover told the Huffington Post last summer, when he said that he’s taken the Childish Gambino name far enough to the point that it betrays his rebellious spirit:
“There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’ 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. […]
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”
Glover was nominated for four Grammys last night, but finished the evening empty-handed (unless you count his excellent Grammy performance of “Terrified” as a win). Find the full list of last night’s winners here.