Donald Glover to Host and Perform on ‘SNL’

Donald Glover will pull double duty on “SNL” next month. The multifaceted “Atlanta” creator will serve as host of the landmark comedy program on May 5, while his alter ego Childish Gambino will be the musical guest.

Fans speculate this could mean new music is on the way. After all, Gambino’s last album Awaken, My Love! arrived in 2016. Since then, he’s teased the final Childish album in what appears to be an alias retirement.

“I’m making another project right now, to make, but I like endings. I think they’re important to progress,” he recently said. “I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. So I think endings are good because they force things to get better.”

Later this year, Glover is taking off on a North American tour with Rae Sremmurd. The trek kicks off Sept. 6 in Atlanta and ends Sept. 30 in Vancouver.

Glover’s acting also continues to strive. He will star as Lando Carlrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story and play Simba in the live-action reboot of The Lion King.

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Donald Glover Adds Tyler, the Creator to Tour

Donald Glover is adding dates and star power to his upcoming North American tour. After confirming Rae Sremmurd as an opening act, Childish Gambino brings along Tyler, the Creator for additional support.

Adding to his 13 previously-confirmed stops, Glover tallies up five additional dates on the fall run. This includes San Jose, Phoenix, Denver, Nashville, and a second Los Angeles show, as per Billboard.

Last month, Gambino announced the trek with Rae Sremmurd, which begins Sept. 6 in Atlanta. Now, the jaunt will end Oct. 12 in Nashville, unless more dates are confirmed at a later date.

Glover is also prepping for his PHAROS Festival in New Zealand in November. He will then presumably continue working on his already-announced final album as Childish Gambino.

Barring any more delays, Rae Sremmurd’s third album, SremmLife 3, is scheduled to arrive this month. It will consist of Swae Lee’s Swaecation, Slim Jxmmi’s Jixmtroduction, and Rae Sremmurd’s SR3MM.

Tyler, the Creator dropped his latest album Flower Boy last year. He recently followed up the Grammy-nominated effort with the buzz track “Okra.”

Donald Glover Tour Dates

Sept. 6 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
Sept. 8 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sept. 10 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sept. 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sept. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 19 – Washington DC – Capital One Arena
Sept. 22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Sept. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Sept. 27 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Sept. 29 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena
Sept. 30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Oct. 2 – San Jose, CA
Oct. 3 – Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 5 – Phoenix, AZ
Oct. 9 – Denver, CO
Oct. 12 – Nashville, TN

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Chance the Rapper Reveals ‘Amazing’ Collaborations with Childish Gambino

Chance the Rapper and Donald Glover don’t have an EP just yet, but their existing collaborations are “amazing,” according to one half of the dynamic duo.

On Monday (March 5), the Chicago rapper made these revelations as part of Pitchfork’s “In Sight Out” series. “We perpetuated that [joint project] rumor for a long time without recording anything,” he said (via Complex). “We did link up in Atlanta and record some tracks and…they’re amazing.”

Whispers about their collaborative effort have been circulating since at least 2014, when Donald Glover tweeted: “Now that chance finally released his verse on ‘worst guys’, maybe he can hurry up and finish the rest of our EP. #hinthint.” The rumors popped back up in January 2017, when Chance posted a photo of the duo on Instagram.

In September, Gambino teased a “double mixtape” with Chance. By October, the twosome hit the studio with Lil Yachty and Quavo.

Elsewhere during the chat, Chano kept it mum about any potential Kanye West collaborations. “I don’t know what Kanye is going to do next,” he said. “I don’t think anyone knows what he is going to do next.” Later, he denied rumors of a “French Prince of Bel-Air” reboot: “I love Will Smith. I wouldn’t do that.”

Chance also opened up about a variety of topics, including freedom (“I see so much sexism and racism… I can’t call myself free unless black women are free”) and Chicago (“I’m gonna be in Chicago until the day I die”).

Chano is reportedly working on his debut album, which does not yet have an official timetable.

Childish Gambino Announces North American Tour with Rae Sremmurd

Childish Gambino is hitting the road with Rae Sremmurd this fall.

Donald Glover has announced dates for a North American tour, which is set to begin Sept. 6 in Atlanta. From there, the 13-date trek is scheduled to continue across Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle, before coming to a close Sept. 30 in Vancouver.

Tickets go on sale Friday (March 9) at noon local time, but American Express card holders have access to a pre-sale between March 6 at noon through March 8 at 10 p.m. Additionally, Childish is taking off to New Zealand for a special edition of “PHAROS,” his music festival experience, scheduled to take place Nov. 23-25.

Gambino is currently working on his final album. It is unclear if he plans on retiring from music altogether, or if he is simply discarding his stage name. Glover’s film and television career continues thriving with “Atlanta,” which just kicked off its second season, and a slew of high-profile acting jobs.

Meanwhile, Rae Sremmurd is gearing up to release a triple album, consisting of the duo’s third album and solo projects from each member.

Childish Gambino 2018 North American Tour Dates

Sept. 6 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
Sept. 8 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sept. 10 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Sept. 12 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sept. 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sept. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 19 – Washington DC – Capital One Arena
Sept. 22 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Sept. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Sept. 27 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Sept. 29 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena
Sept. 30 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena

Donald Glover Buys Girl Scout Cookies, Talks ‘Atlanta’ & Upbringing on ‘Late Show’

Donald Glover didn’t imagine that a little girl would one day flip “Redbone” into a Girl Scout cookies jingle, but that’s precisely what happened, thanks to a young entrepreneur named Charity Joy. On Wednesday (Feb. 28), Childish Gambino met his big fan on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

“I never was like, ‘I’ll make this and then one day, a little girl will sell Girl Scout cookies to it,” he said, while smiling. “It’s pretty great. A lot of people sent that to me and I was touched, especially that they’re from Atlanta. It was beautiful.”

Charity Joy surprised Glover by showing up to the show with her father Seymour and a Girl Scout cookies order form. “It says, ‘My cookie goal is 113,’ so I’ll take them all,” he said. “You guys want cookies? I’ll do that.”

Just moments before making the child’s goal a reality, Childish had been talking about his own childhood. “I was raised Jehovah’s Witness so I didn’t have a lot of things from the world,” he said. “I was taught the world was kind of a bad place so whenever things came in, I was like, ‘This is really dope.'”

Some of the “dope” things include Emmys for his hit FX show “Atlanta.” The show centers around a rapper named Paper Boi played by Brian Tyree Henry, and his manager Earn, played by Glover.

When asked why he opted not to play the rapper in the series, Gambino said it wasn’t an option. “That would have been wack to me,” he said. “That just feels wack. It just didn’t feel cool to me to actually make music and then make a show.”

He went on to say that critics have dubbed it “Twin Peaks” for rappers. “But it’s really kind of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ for rappers,” he added. “Being a rapper is super awkward.”

The second season of “Atlanta,” dubbed “Robbin’ Season,” premieres tonight on FX.