Childish Gambino – A New Age of Artists
It isn’t anything new for actors to start a music career and it isn’t anything for music artists to start an acting career. But rapper Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) didn’t stop there… well he didn’t start there either. He started his career as a writer for SNL, 30 Rock and, The Daily Show. Which are pretty big projects to start with but he wasn’t done there he would secure a lead role in NBC show Community moving from writer to actor. After five seasons with Community he left the show to peruse a career in music releasing debut album “Camp” to poor reviews from critics Pitchfork Magazine gave the album a 1.6 out of 10 Rollingstone gave it 3 out of 5 stars. But, long time fans of Glover fiercely supported the project. The reason Glover was so polarizing was simply, he had no image. Why should rap fans like a comedian? Why should comedy fans like a rapper? Although Glover turned off some fans at first he started to gain a lot of steam from sophomore album “Because The Internet”. In the album Glover told a story merging all of his personalities into one. No person before had a single persona spanning multiple mediums, there is LL Cool J the rapper and LL Cool J the rapper and there is no in between.
But what Glover really shows is the new wave of artists replacing stereotypes in the hip-hop industry. With this new wave still being a minority, it is hard to say what the future holds. But new artists using multiple platforms all combined to tell a larger story could be the future of celebrities themselves. This, would have a huge impact on pop culture having aspiring artists be inclined to study more facets of art. and fans focusing on different works their favorite celebrity created be it cinema, music or, painting.