Childish Gambino review – rap's greatest showman is too good for goodbye
O2 Arena, London
Donald Glover has suggested he’s retiring his musical alter ego, but this epic performance shows he has the talent to continue it
Donald Glover opens with a visual sleight of hand. A light show bounces off a curtain, which dramatically drops to reveal an empty stage. Glover has instead appeared in the middle of the audience, at the end of a catwalk. To some observers at least, that would seem perfectly apt. The show ostensibly forms part of his musical alter ego Childish Gambino’s farewell – “Boo?” he asks quizzically, when the crowd express displeasure at his announcement that this is “the very last Childish Gambino tour” – and the retirement itself looks a little like a sleight of hand. Glover has been talking about it for two years, and yet, here he still is, clad in the same outfit he wore in last year’s game-changing This Is America video, debuting new material, with commentators confused as to whether he’s intending on quitting music entirely or simply planning on releasing more under a different name.
Source: The Guardian – Childish Gambino review – rap's greatest showman is too good for goodbye