donald glover doesn’t feel childish gambino is “necessary” anymore

The Atlanta star has explained why he’s retiring his musical side project.

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07 June 2017, 12:39am

At the close of his Governors Ball performance earlier this week, Donald Glover appeared to suggest that his musical alter ego Childish Gambino wasn't long for this world. Before leaving the stage he concluded, "I'll see you for the last Gambino album," apparently suggesting he only had one more record in him. For anyone hoping people were reading too much into a single line we have some bad news — it looks like Gambino's days are indeed numbered.

Speaking to the Huffington Post, Donald explained why he felt it was time to call it. Reflecting there is "nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie" he continued, "I like it when something's good and when it comes back there's a reason to come back, there's a reason to do that." Right now he said he just doesn't feel Childish Gambino was "necessary."

Interestingly, it appears the success of his musical side venture is also partially to blame for his waning interest in it: "Being punk just always felt really good to me and we always looked at Atlanta as a punk show and I feel like the direction I would go with Childish Gambino wouldn't be punk anymore." For him, the mainstream's embrace of his music has served as a ceiling, "I'm like there's only so far you can go before you just are the radio." It's not a bad problem to have. 

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