During a Tuesday interview on BBC Radio 1, DJ Clara Amfo admitted she didn’t know how to address her guest. Did he prefer go by legal name or the stage name he plans to abandon?
“Because it’s Donald Glover, though. But then there’s Childish Gambino, but I knew there’s an issue about retiring the name,” Amfo said.
Glover reminded the DJ he hasn’t retired Gambino yet, and suggested he wouldn’t do so in the near future.
“You still have a lot more time of calling me [Childish Gambino] if you want,” he said.
But what does he consider “a lot more time”? During his Governors Ball performance back in June, Glover hinted that his next album would be his last under the Gambino name.
“I’ll see you for the last Gambino album,” he told the crowd before leaving the stage.
“There’s nothing worst than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’” he said. “[…] Like I feel like there’s gotta be a reason to do things and I always had a reason to be punk. Being punk just always felt really good to me and we always looked at Atlanta as a punk show and I feel like the direction I would go with Childish Gambino wouldn’t be punk anymore. As much as ‘Redbone’ is a punk song because it’s a gospel song that’s on the radio, I’m like there’s only so far you can go before you just are the radio.”
So we know we haven’t seen the last of Gambino; however, it’s unclear when fans can expect his farewell album. Though he told Amfo we still had “a lot more time,” Glover revealed he was already working on new music.
“I’ve been working on that here,” he said. “You guys have been very instrumental in my music. London has been very inspirational.”
We’re not sure how he’s finding the time to work on this project, as he seems to be one of the busiest men in the game. He will provide the voice of Simba in the remake of Disney’s The Lion King; he has landed the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off; and he’s gearing up for the second season of his hit FX series Atlanta.