Childish Gambino – Summerstage – June 25, 2012
(Childish Gambino plays Celebrate Brooklyn tonight at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Tickets are still available.)
Donald Glover takes the moniker Childish Gambino in the music world. Already a regular on NBC’s Community, playing student Troy Barnes, he is a multitalented artist. CAMP, the debut album from Childish Gambino released last November, melds social commentary against a slew of pop culture references. And despite threatening storm clouds last night, Glover performed for a sold-out crowd at SummerStage.
Amid purple lights, Glover crossed the stage to roars from the audience. Appropriately, he opened with “Outside,” CAMP’s first track, and Gambino fans quickly began singing along to the rapid-fire lyrics. Glover spoke of how this was a homecoming for him since he began rapping in New York City and then proceeded to sling local references in “Fire Fly.” He attended NYU and graduated with a degree in Dramatic Writing. If the use of his degree were in question, the audience would be educated with the screen behind the stage projecting the lyrics for “Freaks and Geeks.”
With a hearty “Welcome to Camp New York,” Glover enjoyed every minute of his time in Central Park. He dedicated “All the Shine” to everyone who supported him and bought his album. As video of the Lower East Side played, Glover continued his NYC theme with “L.E.S.” Crowd favorites “Heartbeat” and “Bonfire” sent reverberations as the collective group bounced. He treated the crowd to some new material with “Shoulda Known,” “We Ain’t Them” and then “Unnecessary” with Schoolboy Q. All three songs will be on Childish Gambino’s mixtape, which drops July 4th. The evening concluded with a freestyle session with Gambino and openers Schoolboy Q and Danny Brown. —Sharlene Chiu
Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane | seanokanephoto.com