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 Talks Donald Glover & Young Thug Collaborations

Chance the Rapper has “No Problem” collaborating. While shooting the video for his G Herbo and Lil Uzi Vert collaboration “Everything (Remix),” Lil Chano opened up about other tracks and projects on the horizon.

Speaking with Beats 1, Chance the Rapper said he isn’t exactly working on his next solo project. “I’m in the same boat I’ve always been in,” he said. “I’ve never had a big drawn out plan for how shit was gonna go. I’m more in a collaborative frame of mind.”

He’s teaming up with some familiar faces. “Francis and the Lights, we’re working on something,” he said. “Me and Thug been making songs forever. We got so many songs. We’ve been talking about dropping something together. The same thing with Donald Glover…I got a lot of people. I’ve just been making songs.”

Chance has collaborated with these artists in the past. Francis and the Lights teamed up with Chano on “Dear Thosodia – Reprise,” “Summer Friends,” and “May I Have This Dance (Remix).” Thugger joined Chance on “Big B’s” and “Mixtape.”

Meanwhile, Childish Gambino has also teased a joint project with his “Worst Guys” collaborator for quite some time. When asked if his new music will be inspired by socio-political issues of the day, Chance said he’s more inspired by something else.

“When I’m talking, I don’t really care,” he said. “I grew up in a high school open mic space, so we were very keen on respecting people around us, understanding that there’s a lot of different views. I don’t be as radical in my music, but my new raps, I be talking about ass a lot. That’s my new shit. I can’t even lie.”

Chance will also appear in the video for G Herbo’s “Everything (Remix)” off Humble Beast Deluxe. Meanwhile, Herbo is prepping his Southside-produced Swervo LP. Chano said they also have “some cool shit for Chicago” and “some cool shit for mental health” coming up this month.

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Donald Glover Leaks Mock ‘Deadpool’ Script

Shortly after parting ways with the animated “Deadpool” series, Donald Glover posted a mock script for the canceled show. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (March 28), the actor-writer-rapper revealed page after page of snarky commentary.

“For the record,” he tweeted, “I wasn’t too busy to work on ‘Deadpool.'” He then revealed several pages of a freshly-written script. It contains references to Beyoncé’s biting mystery, 6ix9ine’s legal troubles, Sudan, the last male northern white rhino who died recently, and even the show’s cancelation.

“I’m not mad about this whole ‘canceled’ thing,” Deadpool says at one point in the script. “I actually think it’s a good thing. I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun loving white man ranting on TV? Other than the PRESIDENT!”

He later wonders if racism had something to do with show’s cancelation. “Do you think they canceled the show because of racism?!” he asks. “Yeah, all the writers were black. The references were pretty black, too. I heard they went over lunch budget ordering Jamaican food at least once a week.”

In the script, Deadpool goes on to say that “Marvel was trying to sell toys to seven year old boys and fifty year old pedophiles.” He also claims that the show had a Taylor Swift episode. “I think our show woulda been funny,” he laments. “I just wanted a place to be honest. And I guess that place is Freeform.”

FX canceled the show on Saturday. “Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s ‘Deadpool’ animated series,” the network said (via Deadline). “FX will no longer be involved with the project.”

Sources say that Marvel was not on board with the Glovers brothers’ vision. FX reportedly sided with the Glovers and pulled out of the project as a result. Read the full script, titled “Finale,” below.

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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.