Donald Glover will retire his Childish Gambino stage name following his upcoming fourth studio album.
The name that came from a Wu-Tang Clan name generator is set to retire soon, according to an interview with Glover following his Grammy Award win for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
“I stand by that,” Glover said backstage, referring to his original announcement from last June. “I’m making another project right now. I like endings. I think they are important to progress.”
The “Redbone” rapper then elaborated on his feelings toward endings, saying they were necessary for progress. “I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them, we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. I think ending are good because they force things to get better.”
Last year Glover told Huffington Post that he’d decided to end his music career simply because he didn’t feel it was “necessary” for his future. “There’s nothing worse than like a third sequel, like a third movie and we’re like, ‘again?’” he said. “You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.”
Glover is certainly a busy man, so it comes as no surprise he may want to end some of his creative endeavors. Glover is set to star as the voice of Simba in the remake of Disney's Lion King, while also writing, directing, and executive producing the show Atlanta. Another television project, Deadpool, is in the works.
Alongside his Lion King co-star J.D. McCrary, Glover performed a rendition of “Terrified” to an enthusiastic crowd at the Grammy’s. Notably absent was a white rose, the event’s symbol of solidarity with the Time’s Up movement.
For his fourth studio album, Mr. Gambino is departing from his former record label and instead partnering with RCA Records. RCA chairman and CEO Peter Edge in a statement, "Donald is undoubtedly one of the most talented, multi-faceted, young entertainers of this era. We are excited to join forces with him and Wolf + Rothstein to usher in the next phase of Childish Gambino's musical career."