Donald Glover is what some people call a quadruple threat: he tells jokes, he acts, he writes, and he raps. Aside from his current and possibly most well-known role as Troy Barnes in NBC’s Community, Donald’s past and current projects include being part of the internet sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy, writing for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and 30 Rock, and emceeing under the pseudonym Childish Gambino (a name he got from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator).
The 27-year-old is undoubtedly a rising star. A rising star I desperately want to be friends with. Here’s a list of just a few reasons why:
Tina Fey likes him
If there is one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I think Tina Fey can do no wrong. So if she thought Donald Glover would make a great addition to the 30 Rock team, he must be funny. If she said Donald Glover was the “only cool young person” on the writing staff (and she did in her book Bossypants), he must be the very coolest. If she believed that Donald Glover could rise above the others and become a successful performer (as quoted in the picture above), he must be talented. Tina Fey’s word is rule.
He wanted to be Spider-Man
Back in 2010, Donald created an infamous campaign on Twitter, calling on his fans to help him land an audition for the role of Peter Parker in the new Spider-Man reboot. Not even two days that first tweet pictured above, #donald4spiderman was the third trending topic in the States! That’s some real power right there.
He’s kind of a hipster
Something else you need to know about me is that I am a hipster-wannabe (yes, I understand that my publicly stating that I want to be a hipster means that I will never actually be one). Donald fits that category. He wears thick-rimmed glasses, he can pull off both short shorts and tight-fitting jeans, and he uses Tumblr (often using it to show off his love for hipster fashion). He even samples Grizzly Bear in one of his songs!
His raps are relatable
At first listen, Childish Gambino’s music may seem overly explicit and vulgar, and he may come off as a sex-obsessed prick who only raps about girls and money. However, listen more carefully. The topics of many of his songs are about being bullied and not fitting in, often painting himself as an insecure boy who feels like an outcast – a feeling I am sure many people are all too familiar with. “The Last”, one of my favourites, is one of his more serious songs that I highly recommend you listen to. Childish Gambino’s rhymes are also riddled with playful pop culture references, which work as a constant reminder to his listeners that he’s actually not much different than them.
Something else I love about Donald Glover/Childish Gambino is his view on rappers and their ‘street cred’: