Atlanta native Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) cut his teeth on comedy. He has written for "30 Rock," acted on NBC's "Community," and has a Comedy Central special. But just because comedy seeps into his rap (oh yeah, he's a rapper too) doesn't mean you shouldn't take him seriously. Glover said to the Village Voice:
"I never go into an album thinking, 'This needs to be a little funnier.' I only look at scripts or jokes that way. There's no winking at the culture of hip-hop. I'm dead serious."
Glover, who has already released two mixtapes, (download them from his website) cites Kanye as an influence, not Andy Samberg, whose hip-hop trio Lonely Island spawned the Grammy-nominated joke "I'm On A Boat." Other artists, such as Das Racist (responsible for last summer's chuckle-inducing "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell") in the comedy-infused joke rap micro-genre, have struggled to be taken seriously as well.
Best of luck to Glover as he preps the release of his album, Culdesac. Comedic rap has achieved critical claim in meaningful ways before (read: not "I'm On A Boat"), but can someone with an extensive comedy background overcome the public's expectation that his product will be nothing more than a gag?
(Photo courtesy Seth Olenick)
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