A Comedian, Writer, and Musician: Donald Glover

Donald Glover: A Comedian A Writer An Actor A Musician An Icon


Donald Glover, also known by his stage name Childish Gambino, is a modern actor, comedian, rapper, producer, and director.  Glover was born in September 25, 1983 in Kern County, California. He was raised by his mother and father alongside his siblings and a host of foster siblings.  Glover graduated from DeKalb School of the Arts in Georgia, where he was voted “Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons” by his fellow classmates.  He went on to study Dramatic Writing at New York University Tisch School of the Arts (class of 2006), where he created his first, unreleased mixtape The Younger I Get in 2004.  Glover has two children with his longtime girlfriend.


After completing college, Glover began creating comedy videos with friends and former classmates.  Glover and fellow ameture comedians named themselves “Derrick Comedy” and their first video premiered on Youtube on April 15, 2006.  During this same year, Glover became apart of the writing staff of NBC’s comedy show 30 Rock upon its creation.  Glover remained on the show for three years, during which he has three on-screen appearances and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award.  After his departure from the creative team at 30 Rock in 2009, Glover accepted an acting role on NBC’s comedy show Community, where he remained for five seasons.  In 2015, Glover appeared in three movies — The Lazarus Effect, Magic Mike XXL, and The Martian — in addition to contributing to the soundtrack of other films.  On September 6, 2016 a comedy-drama television show created, written, and directed by and starring Glover aired on FX.  Two seasons of the show have been released thus far and FX renewed it for a third season, scheduled to air in 2019.


Throughout his entire acting and comedic career, Glover worked on the craft which he would become most known for: his music.  In June of 2008, Glover released his first public mixtape, entitled Sick Boi.  Beginning in 2009, he released four separate mixtapes in just under one year: Poindexter (September 2009), I Am Just a Rapper (2010), I Am Just a Rapper 2 (2010), and Culdesac (July 2010).  

A little under a year later in March 2011, Glover released an extended play titled EP and announced his first tour as Childish Gambino, IAMDONALD Tour, which began the following month.  The shows in this tour consisted of both rap performances and comedy segments. Later in the same year, Glover launched his second tour, The Sign-Up Tour,  and in November 2011, Glover released Camp, his first studio album.  Camp and its singles made several Top 100 Charts and sold over 50,000 copies in the first week.  Glover began his third tour, Camp Gambino, in April 2012 and throughout the Spring and early-Summer of 2012, he released several songs from his sixth mixtape, Royalty, which he released in July.  

Glover’s second studio album, Because the Internet, debuted at number seven on the Billboard Top 200 chart upon its release in December 2013 and has been certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies.  Glover embarked on his fourth tour, The Deep Web Tour, in February 2014. He released a mixtape and an extended play on October 2 and October 3, 2014, titled STN MTN and Kauai, respectively.  Glover donated all profits from Kauai to saving Kauai island and changing policies on body video cameras for police officers to wear.  In December 2016, Glover released his third studio album Awaken, My Love!, which peaked at number five on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was certified gold after selling 500,000 copies.

At a performance in June 2017, Glover announced to the audience his plans to retire from his music career and his Childish Gambino persona after his next album.  Glover released a single called This is America in May 2018 and it debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  A few months later in July 2018, Glover released an extended play Summer Pack and his fifth and final tour, the This Is America Tour.

All of Glover’s early music is rap.  In his songs, Glover often talked about how his style and lyrics were different because he did not have the same experiences of other rappers; he was not a gangster rapper.  With the release of Awaken, My Love!, Glover slightly changed his style by singing more than he rapped on the album.  He also was clearly influenced by soul, funk, and rhythm and blues music. Glover has publicly cited LCD Soundsystem, Ghostface Killah, Outkast, Migos, and Funkadelic as being influences.  Donald Glover has been nominated for 114 awards and has won 34 for both his television appearances and his music.


Sick Boi (2008)

Poindexter (2009)

I Am Just a Rapper (2010)

I Am Just a Rapper 2 (2010)

Culdesac (2010)

EP (2011)

Bonfire (2011)

Heartbeat (2011)

Camp (2011)

Fire Fly (2012)

Royalty (2012)

3005 (2013)

Because the Internet (2013)

STN MTN (2014)

Sweatpants (2014)

Sober (2014)

Kauai (2014)

Me and Your Mama (2016)

Redbone (2016)

Awaken, My Love! (2016)

Terrified (2017)

This Is America (2018)

Summertime Magic (2018)

Feels Like Summer (2018)

Summer Pack (2018)


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