You probably know him as Troy Barnes from the NBC comedy series "Community," but the very funny and endearing Donald Glover also goes by another name: Childish Gambino.
He's actually been rapping under the moniker since 2008 and has released three studio albums, all available for free download. Check his 2010 effort, culdesac, right here.
You may be thinking that Glover is the full package ... at least that's what I'm thinking. Well, this package recently wrapped up a brand new five-song EP and has hand-delivered it to his devoted online community.
It's a tight collection of rhythms and beats that shows a different side of Donald than the goof we see on TV. EP opens with "Be Alone," with lyrics that deal with real (not silly) emotions: "You are the bestest, I will obey you/ These words I wrote for you when you were fucking other dudes/ The only thing I need from you now is some solitude."
"Freaks and Geeks" runs on handclaps while Glover drops some delicious pop culture rhymes. His swagger falls heavy on "My Shine," and picks up some dance grooves for "Lights Turned On." Swedish singer Beldina Malaika appears on EP's final track, "Not Going Back."
If the EP were available for sale, I'd urge you to purchase it. But seeing as it's free, I will come over and poke you in the head if you do not download this.
He'll actually be hitting up the Midwest for his latest tour, blending comedy and music for the all-around Donald Glover experience. Dates include an appearance May 17 at the Magic Stick in Detroit and May 18 at Park West in Chicago.