I know that this happened over a month ago but I just found it… Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, stopped by Sway’s radio show at Sirius XM and spit an awesome freestyle over Drake’s “Pound Cake.” Sometimes, it’s tough to know whether these “freestyles” are written or performed off the top of their heads. This one feels completely legitimate to me though, especially because he even stops in the middle, starts talking and then picks up where he left off as if he never stopped. That part was definitely not rehearsed.
Whether the lines were prepared or not, I really enjoyed this freestyle and I think Childish Gambino deserves more attention. He’s super talented as evidenced by his successful acting career, writing credits on 30 Rock (Tina Fey even rapped on his latest mixtape), his stand-up special on Comedy Central and his ever-evolving rap career. Still trying to figure out what he enjoys most, Glover gave up his cushy network gig on NBC’s Community and he’s got a new album coming out next week. The good thing for Childish Gambino/Glover is that he’s great at everything he does.
Recently, he said that he’s done making albums but I hope he has a change of heart – or at least that he continues to make music, even if he doesn’t release another traditional album. As the self described son of Kanye, it’s not always easy to figure out where he is coming from but I really enjoy pretty much anything Glover does. Whether it’s music, acting, stand-up or writing, I’ll co-sign whatever he puts out – just keep it coming.