Donald Glover

Donald Glover is pretty easily recognizable thanks to his role as Troy Barnes on NBC's Community, but that’s not all—he raps and makes beats under the moniker Childish Gambino, and does both well. The TV-to-music transition makes for easy comparisons to Aubrey “Drake” Graham, who was best known as Degrassi’s Jimmy before selling a few million records and becoming one of the hottest pop-rap acts of 2010. It's even easier to make the connection when you catch on to Glover’s occasional half-sung deliveries, deliberate punchlines (thanks to a creative writing education at NYU) and Lil' Wayne-influenced growls. But instead of using his background as a simple stepping-stone, the unique skillset also makes for a captivating concert/comedy hybrid show—and in both arenas, it's undeniable that Glover, er, Gambino, is a talented dude. NICK FELDMAN

Thu., April 21, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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