Polymath Donald Glover has had quite a 2018: 16 Emmy nominations for the stellar second season of his FX show Atlanta and, as rapper-singer Childish Gambino, a Grammy win (for traditional R&B performance for “Redbone”) and a surprise No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “This Is America.”
...But the End is Near?
Post-Grammys, Gambino hinted at stepping away from music, saying, “I like endings. I think they’re important to progress.” In a May interview, collaborator Young Thug confirmed that the artist’s retirement could be imminent: “I’m on his last album. It’s crazy. He’s really not making music after this.”
Still in the Game
In July, Gambino dropped the two-track Summer Pack, which included the sunny single “Summertime Magic,” and Chance the Rapper revealed in June that he was “actively working” on a 14-plus-track Gambino project that already had “six songs that are all fire.” Two new songs were just sent to fans attending his fall tour with Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples. And then there’s summer 2019, when Glover voices Simba in the live-action Lion King film.
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 15 issue of Billboard.