Early Childhood & Education
Donald McKinley Glover Jr. was born on September 25, 1983 at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County,California .
His father , Donald Glover Snr. is a retired postal worker while his Mother , Beverly (Nee Smith) is a retired Daycare provider .
He grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia .
Glover parent are belong to the Jehovah Witness was raised as a Jehovah ‘s Witness .
He went to DeKalb School of the Arts and he was predicted to “Most Likely to Write for The Simpsons” in his high school yearbook during graduation.
Glover finished from the New York University ,Tisch School of the Arts with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006. While still a student at Tisch, Glover self-produced the independent mixtape The Younger I Get, which was unfortunately not released and was disowned by himself for being “too-raw ramblings” of what he later term as a “decrepit Drake” .
Glover also began disk jockeying and producing electronic music under the nickname MC D and later changed it to mcDJ .
He had his first break during his work with Derick Comedy while a student at New York University, and Tina Fey recruited him at age 23 as a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock. He later acted as a community college student Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community. He also stars in the FX series Atlanta , which he created and occasionally directs
In 2006, Glover was contacted by producer David Miner, to whom he sent writing samples including a spec script that he had written for The Simpsons. Miner and Tina Fey were impressed by Glover’s work and invited him to become a writer for the NBC sitcom 30 Rock.
Glover was a writer for 30 Rock from 2006 to 2009, where he also had occasional costume appearances.
Childish Gambino , Donald Glover’s musical stage name originated from the Wu-Tang Clan’s known as Generator.
In June 2008, he released the independent mixtape Sick Boi.
Glover also joined a comedy group known as Derrick Comedy, although he has been regular in their sketches on YouTube since 2006 including Dominic Dierkes, Meggie McFadden, DC Pierson, and Dan Eckman.
In 2009, The group wrote and starred in a feature-length film, Mystery Team, which was released in theaters same year while featuring Bobby Moynihan and Aubrey Plaza also starred Glover alongside in the film
Glover became popular to much bigger audience with Dan Harmon’s NBC sitcom Community, which deputed in September 2009. Glover acted Troy Barnes, a former high school star quarterback who quickly abandons his former jock mentality and embraces his nerdy, childish side due to companioship with Abed Nadir (played by Danny Pudi).
In March 2010, Glover performed a 30-minute set on the stand-up showcase program Comedy Central Presents.
In May 2010, a fan suggested Glover for the role of Peter Parker in the then-upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man film, encouraging his supporters to retweet the hashtag “#donald4spiderman”.
Although the campaign gained traction online and was also supported by the creator of Spider-Man himself,Stan Lee.
However ,Glover lost the screening to Andrew Garfield. He later informed that he was never contacted for the role by anyone from Sony Pictures.
Glover later voiced this incarnation of Spider-Man on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
Glover worked with friend and film composer Ludwig Göransson on his debut studio album throughout 2011.
Before he release his Album while signed to Glassnote Records and commenced his The Sign-Up Tour. The album, Camp, was released on November 15, 2011, followed by his debut single “Bonfire” and “Heartbeat”.
Camp was generally well received by critics, with PopMatters writer Steve Lepore wrote that the Album was “undoubtedly one of the best records of any genre to come out in 2011”.
His Camp Gambino tour was initially slated to start in March 2012, but was rescheduled to April after fracturing his foot.
In 2013 ,Glover played a supporting role in the romantic comedy The To Do List and also guest starred in two episodes of the comedy-drama television series Girls in early 2013, where he acted as a Republican who is the love interest to Lena Dunham’s character.
In 2013 , He commenced his second album Because the Internet, finished by October 2013 and it was released in December same year .
Glover appeared in three films in 2015. In the science fiction horror The Lazarus Effect, he played a scientist working with a team of researchers who brings a member of the team back to life with consequences. Glover played a singer in the comedy-drama Magic Mike XXL and performed a cover of the Bruno Mars song “Marry You” in the film, which was included in the soundtrack.
His latest single, “This Is America” is written and produced by Gambino and Landwig Goransson , it was released on May 5, 2018, at the same time that Gambino was hosting that day’s episode of Saturday Night Live.
The song covers a number of issues of gun voilence, the high rate of mass shooting, along with longstanding racism and discrimination against African Americans in the United States.
In a recent interview with Esquire, Glover explained, “I realized that connection was too powerful for a person like me. I just would get hurt.” Now, he prefers to use the internet in an anonymous way, free of the “Donald Glover” name. “I try and find subcultures. I try and find communities. I talk to people as a regular person. It’s the only place you can be anonymous.”
Glover unsuccessfully screened to act President Barack Obama on the sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live; the role went to cast member Fred Armisen.
Glover left as a full-time cast member of Community fifth season, although he appeared in the first five of the season’s 13 episodes .
He explained that he was leaving to pursue his rap career as Childish Gambino , however a series of hand-written notes that Glover posted to Instagram on his wall revealed that his reasons were more personal, citing a need for projects that offered him more independence as he worked through some personal issues.
Although the Producer of the show met Glover about returning to the show for its sixth season, Glover turn the offer down , stating both show and audience would be entertained by exiting his role totally from the story.
He won presented the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Series at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the third season.
During 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Glover received his first Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album for Because the Internet and Best Rap Performance for “3005”.
In July 2010, Glover received the Rising Comedy Star award at the Just for Laughs festival and was featured 2010 holiday advertising campaign for Gap brand.
In 2011, His Album Camp debuted at number eleven on the Billboard 200, selling 52,000 copies in the first week,
In 2013,His Album Because the Internet was also at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart.
Because the Internet Album produced two singles namely : “3005”, “Crawl” and “Sweatpants”. “3005” and was at number 8 on the UK R&B Chart and 64 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Glover single “Bonfire” and “Heartbeat”, was at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and number 54 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
According to RCA Records , the song is not the first single from Gambino’s upcoming studio album .
“This Is America” became the 31st song to debut at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming both Gambino’s first number one and top ten single in the country. It has also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.
The video received 12.9 million views in 24 hours of its release and has over 394,418,046 views as of September 17, 2018.