Donald Glover, who uses Childish Gambino as a stage name, is well-known for his premier studio album, “Camp,” released this past November. Glover stars as Troy Barnes on NBC’s hit show “Community.”
He was previously a writer for NBC’s “30 Rock” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” His writing on the third season of “30 Rock” earned him the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series. He is also well-known as one of the three leads in the sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy.
USG social chair Benedict Wagstaff ’14 explained in an email that Childish Gambino was chosen partially because he was popular within the student body. Wagstaff said that two students surveys the USG sent out — one last spring and one this past fall — were “extremely useful” in the search.
“It’s incredible how vividly split the campus is in terms of its preferences of music,” Wagstaff said. “It became clear that our artist would work best if they were some kind of hybrid. This is why Childish came out on top.”
Jonathan Schwartz ’14 said he is excited about the selection of Childish Gambino as the Lawnparties artist, noting that “Community” is one of his favorite TV shows.
“Instead of like at previous Lawnparties when we have had acts with Top 40 hits, it’s refreshing to have an act that it is only breaking right now,” Schwartz said. “I like his acting better, but his raps are better due to the fact that he is a comedy writer. He is clever and witty.”
Glover transitioned into music in 2008 when he released his first album, “Sick Boi.” Three years later, Glassnote Records released “Camp,” his most recent album. His most popular tracks include “Heartbeat” and “Bonfire.” The name Childish Gambino, Glover explained to Jimmy Fallon in 2011, was created through a Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator.
Princeton won’t be the artist’s only college stop this spring. Childish Gambino will also headline Spring Fling at George Washington University on April 15 and Spring Weekend at Brown on April 20, according to their college newspapers.
Lawnparties will be held on Sunday, May 6.