Donald Glover is moving forward with plans to retire his Childish Gambino name, despite having just signed his first major label deal last week, with RCA.
Back in June, Glover announced that he won’t be going by that name for much longer. Now, seven months and one Grammy Award win later, Glover told the press that his decision to end his 10-year-old moniker remains the same. “I stand by that. I’m really appreciative of this. I’m making another project right now,” he said. “But I like endings, I think they’re important to progress.”
Explaining the decision, he told HuffPost: “There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?
Glover later continued, “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 endings are good because they force things to get better.”
“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 don’t know if that analogy holds up – a third film sequel and a third album are apples and oranges – but it made a little more sense when he went on to discuss his feelings towards his music.
“Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk,” he continued. “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 nabbed the aforementioned coveted award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Redbone” off his latest album, “Awaken, My Love!” He was also nominated for four other awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.