Let me preface with one of the most cornball statements I’ve ever written. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of a celebrity than I am of Donald Glover. Its been a meteoric rise from his derrickcomedy days on Youtube. I used to watch those videos religiously when I was in middle school and high school. Its so wild to see him as a cultural icon who is just now hitting his stride. His acting and his music has changed so drastically in such a short period of time. He’s gone from playing a small role in Spiderman to a supporting role in a Star Wars movie to having a main role in a live action Lion King. He’s gone from Community to Atlanta. He’s gone from Camp to Because the Internet to Awaken, My Love! to This is America. I believe in this blog I want to touch evolution of Donald Glover how I saw it and how he’s become a culturally relevant.
This past weekend Donald Glover hosted Saturday Night Live, on which he brought back some of those elements of comedy from him derrickcomedy days and he also performed two new songs, “Saturday” and “This is America.” Then he released a video for This is America (see below) that set the internet ablaze.
This song features adlibs from 21 Savage, Offset, Young Thug among others. This song is definitely different from his music off of “Awaken! My Love,” but this isn’t going to be some think-piece about the symbolism of the of the video or song, and I’m also not going to tell you what you can and can’t make into a meme like VICE. What I like to do in my blogs is kind of explain an artists importance to myself.
I find Donald Glover so important as an artist because he is someone who has proved he can write, act, rap, sing, do stand up, and just perform at a high level. He’s shown me that if you focus your energy at the things you love and are extremely passionate about you are able to excel and succeed at everything.
When he left Community, I was fairly skeptical about how he would do with his own show in Atlanta. I was caught off guard by his acting ability and the supporting cast that he has in Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield, and Zazie Beatz. Personally, I’ve never been to Atlanta, Georgia, but right now it seems like a hotbed for hip hop. But, its been pretty dope to get some insight to the city and according to Twitter its a fairly accurate, yet sometimes exaggerated, depiction.
The fact he dropped a funk album after Camp and Because the Internet may be one of the craziest things! It was completely out of nowhere and integrating the Pharos thing was pretty dope as well. The VR Vinyl was somewhat lame but I didn’t realize I enjoyed funk because I really didn’t listen to much before, but I feel like an idiot for not doing so.
What Donald Glover is doing isn’t new, but how he’s doing it and how well he’s doing it is truly a wonder. Enjoy him now.
I realize I’m super bad at giving insight and talking about things as a whole and their overall significance. I’ll try to write these in the day time so my mind is more clear.