Childish Gambino speaks on his various gigs, from “Atlanta” to “Star Wars.”
Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, has been thrusted back into the limelight, first with his uber-successful TV series “Atlanta” and then, right as the series ended (no coincidence?), an album announcement. It’s been three years since Gambino’s last album, Because the Internet.
Gambino touched on the inspiration behind Awaken, My Love! briefly during a new interview with Billboard. He says it all started with a childhood memory. “I remember listening to songs my dad would play — albums by the Isleys or Funkadelic — and not understanding the feeling I was feeling,” he told Billboard. “I remember hearing a Funkadelic scream and being like, ‘Wow, that’s sexual and it’s scary.’ Not having a name for that, though; just having a feeling. That’s what made it great.” A funkadelic sound is certainly present in his new record “Redbone,” and the ’70s further fuel Gambino’s new body of work: “There’s something about that ’70s black music that felt like they were trying to start a revolution.”