Donald Glover is a pretty easily recognizable dude. After coming up through NYU group Derrick Comedy (of "Bro Rape" fame), he went on to play Troy Barnes on NBC's Community, wrote much of Tracy Morgan's character Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock, and got Stan Lee to support his attempt at a Spiderman audition. Well, guess what: He raps too, and pretty well, or at least well enough for his alter ego Childish Gambino to close the box office for his April 21 Neumos hybrid concert/comedy appearance earlier today.
It's easy to make comparisons to Aubrey "Drake" Graham, who was best known as Degrassi: The Next Generation's "Wheelchair Jimmy" before topping a few charts and selling a few million records as a hip-hop artist. It's even easier when you catch on to his occasional half-sung deliveries, deliberate punchlines, and Lil' Wayne-influenced growls. But it's undeniable the Glover, er, Gambino--he's got talent.
His first buzz came from a flip of Adele's "Melt My Heart to Stone" done for his song "Do Ya Like"--that's right, he produces too, and some catchy shit--which was only exacerbated by the angst of "Freaks and Geeks." Unlike the typical rap methodology of ending a bar or a verse with a punchline, every damn one of his lines are. You can still download his most recent album Culdesac for free, complete with "Do Ya Like," and last week's EP release titled, well, EP, is up on his Tumblr and includes "Freaks and Geeks."
Also: Glover took to Twitter and offered to add extra tour dates instead of subjecting his fans to scalpers. As did another localrapper. And yes, that means cash-flow redirects from the scalpers' pockets to theirs but I couldn't help thinking . . . how very sincere of them.