Needless to say, the video sent a powerful ripple through the music industry and gained 300 million views in a matter of weeks – which makes his scheduled show at London's O2 on 4 November all the more exciting. With an album expected to be released later this year, Gambino is set to deliver some of his most controversial music yet in a venue that's as monumental and imposing as his new sound.
Older fans can also look forward to the more synth-heavy and radio friendly style of his previous records. From the glossy passion of 'V. 3005' to funk-laden falsetto of 'Redbone', the rapper will be sure to cover enough of his ever-expanding body of work to suit most musical tastes.
This breadth is also reflected in the huge number of projects that Donald Glover (i.e. the man behind the swaggering alter ego) has taken on recently. He's directed and acted in the award-winning comedy series, Atlanta, starred as Lando Calrissian in the space-age spaghetti western, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and has even been confirmed as the voice of Simba in the new Lion King remake. In fact, Glover was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world last year – and given how many disciplines he's conquered in his time, the accolade is very well earned.
With the performer hinting that he might kill off Childish Gambino soon, this could be the last chance to catch him live. And, if the daring of This Is America is anything to go by, he's likely to go out with the loudest bang possible.
Tickets are now on sale here.
|What||Childish Gambino, The O2|
|Where||The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square , London, SE10 0DX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||North Greenwich (underground)|
On 04 Nov 18, gates open at 18:30
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|