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Childish Gambino

7 p.m. Thursday, June 7. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.



To call Donald Glover "multi-talented" would be to understate the case. At 23, he was the youngest writer on NBC's 30 Rock, winning awards for his work on the beloved sitcom. These days he stars alongside Joel McHale and Chevy Chase on Community, and he's taped two standup specials for Comedy Central. In addition to his comedic undertakings, Glover raps under the stage name Childish Gambino — a moniker obtained through the use of an online "Wu-Tang Name Generator." Childish Gambino has released several mixtapes, and last year's Glassnote Record's full-length Camp, finding the approval of music critics and fans alike with his self-produced pop-rap beats and clever wordplay, often earns favorable comparisons to Kanye West.

Serious Business: Despite the comedic pedigree, Childish Gambino is no joke. Though interspersed with the occasional laugh-out-loud punch line, lyrically Camp touches on some heavy subjects, once again highlighting the diversity of its creator.

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