#ManCrushMonday: Childish Gambino

#ManCrushMonday: Childish Gambino

Sweet child of mine

Text: Rina Sariff

Image: Getty Images

Having released two new tracks — Me and Your Mama and Redbone — this month, we introduce Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover as the rapper to watch

1. His alias was decided by a random name generator
Deciding on a stage name is the hardest thing to do, especially when your bread and butter depends on it. However, this might not be the case for Glover. The 33-year-old discovered his alias — Childish Gambino — using an online Wu-Tang clan name generator. While this showed off his nonchalant nature, the idea itself is pure genius — with it, people were questioning who the hell this guy was, and what's the deal behind his name? Call it a clever marketing move, or just a pure love for the Wu-Tang clan.

2. He's not just a musician
If you think he looks like that guy you've seen around, you might just be right. Besides being nominated for the Grammy Awards and MTV music video awards, the LA-based rapper is also a comedian and actor. You might recognise him in the Matt Damon-starring sci-fi flick The Martian as well as the cult favourite television series Community. Word has it that he's also be starring in the new Han Solo movie as Lando Calrissian, so look out for that. 

3. He lives and breathes for the internet
This is clearly evident, as seen in the title of his second album, Because the Internet. As mentioned in an interview with Complex, Glover wanted to show the world how much of an impact the Internet has caused on our lives. What better way than to dedicate the message through his music? Incidentally, the rapper had wiped out all his Instagram posts in 2014, leaving nothing but an empty page. 

4. He's an emotionally-driven person
Glover's known to be a sentimental person and he's not afraid of revealing it to the public. Before he went on to purge his Instagram posts, he uploaded images of handwritten post-its dripping with heartfelt words. Here's what one of them said: "I feel like I'm letting everyone down. I'm afraid people hate who I really am. I'm afraid I hate who I really am." 

He's a technologically-savvy smarty pants
While Glover may not necessarily know how to code, he's a firm believer in it, especially when he knows how much of the Internet it controls. He's partnered with the likes of Tumblr and Rap Genius for his shows, where fans who attended had a chance to have their message displayed on the screen by using an app. Inclusiveness all around.

For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.