Chris ( United Kingdom )
Childish Gambino: Live at London in 2019 – Chris’ goosebump moment
Chris: “Hi there, I’m Chris. my goosebump moment happened around about two and a half years ago. me and the ex-girlfriend went to visit London to see the singer Childish Gambino live. After a couple of cocktails outside in the beautiful summer sun, we decided to enter the packed O2 arena. We go inside the place, it’s full of people, full of noise, full of shouting and singing and everything, it was brilliant. But at one moment, all the lights turned off. This is probably about 40 or so minutes before the actual act was supposed to start and a single spotlight just illuminated the stage and outed the supporting act. Now usually when you’ve got supporting acts and when you’ve got music live anyway, you’ll have some big kind of entrance music, you’d have some big drums, maybe somebody will shout out their name in order to get the crowd psyched. It was nothing like that. It was just no lights apart from the spotlight on the center of the stage. The singer walks out and he doesn’t sing to any backing music, he just sings completely a cappella. The whole place fell silent. I had goosebumps all over my body. It was just completely mind-blowing and I’d do anything to get back there again. It was fantastic.”
The concert “Childish Gambino – Live at London in 2019”
It’s always a risk for any artist, no matter the size, to start with an unreleased song, but with Gambino’s vocal skills of both rapping and singing on “Algorythm”, the crowd couldn’t help but burst with adoration for Gambino. The crowd was rightly his.
After that goosbump moment, Donald Glover, the man behind Childish Gambino, says:“What’s up, London?” in greeting, which prompts a roar louder than Mufasa’s Lion King from the expectant crowd. “ If you’re here for me, I’m here for you… I love you forever.” A nice opening line from the great singer.
By continuing with “Summertime Magic” the audience was further warmed up and then let loose on “The Worst Guys” and “World Star”. The crowd goes wild with the explosiveness with which the technical rap skills erupt.
Glover also connects with the audience by reminiscent of life in London while recording “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. He reveals that he and his partner visited Grenfell Tower to pay tribute in the aftermath of the tragedy of 2017. Of course, with expertly adopted Britishness, he knows how to wish the public a lot of strength with Brexit.
Suddenly Gambino starts to run to the stage singing among the crowd to continue with songs like ‘Have Some Love’, ‘Boogieman’, ‘Stand Tall’, ‘Riot’ and ‘Terrified ‘. Gambino’s genius is brought to life through these songs and emphasizes his ability to truly perform in genres such as soul, hip hop, funk, psych and gospel. Everything comes into its own perfectly.
In 2011 Childish Gambino’s debut album was released: “Camp”. The album climbed to number 11 on the US Billboard charts. 52,000 albums were sold within the first week. It was released by the American label “Glassnote Records”. The album sold around 250,000 copies.
In 2013 Childish Gambino released his second album “Because the Internet”, again through the music label “Glassnote Records”. In the first week, nearly 100,000 copies of the album were sold in the United States. As a result, it debuted at number 7 on the US Billboard charts. By November of 2016, “Because the Internet” had been sold almost 1 million times and streamed over a billion times.
In 2014 Gambino presented the album on his “Deep Web Tour”, which began in the UK and ended in the United States. The second song on the album “I. Crawl “was used by game manufacturer Ubisoft in the trailer of one of their most famous games, “Far Cry 4”. With this deal, the musician not only increased his fortune, but also increased his awareness.
“Awake, My Love!” was released in 2016 and is Gambino’s latest album. The album received mostly positive reviews. In the first week the album was sold over 100,000 times in the USA and was streamed 41 million times. It debuted at number 5 on the US Billboard charts. The sixth track on the album, “Redbone”, was nominated for three Grammy’s in 2018 and ultimately won a Grammy in the category “Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance”. “Redbone” was a surprise success and climbed to number 12 on the American charts. The song was used by Jordan Peele in the horror mystery film “Get Out” (2017). That had a big impact on the track’s success and Gambino’s fame.
The artist’s latest work is the single “This Is America”, which was released on May 5, 2018. The track went viral and was heard over 111 million times in the first week. In the video, Childish Gambino addresses institutionalized racism in America in a grotesque way. In the United States “This Is America” reached number 1 in the charts, in Great Britain it reached number 6.
The track became known around the world and is recognized as a political work that takes a look at the reality of black people. The single is the cause of the artist’s rising fame. After the song was released, Childish Gambino’s album sales increased with 419 percent. As a result, Childish Gambino not only increased his fortune, but also increased his reputation.
Donald Glover is an American rapper, songwriter, comedian, screenwriter and director. The multi-talent is also known to his fans under the pseudonym “Childish Gambino”. Donald McKinley Glover was born on September 25, 1983 in California. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to a small suburb near Atlanta in the US southern state of Georgia. They were the only black family in town. Today’s superstar comes from a humble background.
His father had a job at the post office and his mother worked as an educator in her own garage. The two were also Jehovah’s Witnesses and raised their son accordingly. For example, he was not allowed to watch TV programs. Today he is the winner of the most important American television awards, such as the Emmy’s and the Golden Globe Awards.
Donald Glover is one of the most famous American rappers and has a corresponding income. He had his artist name created by a “Wu-Tang Name Generator”. His career as Childish Gambino began in 2008 with the mixtape “Sick Boi”. The mixtapes “Poindexter” (2009) and “I Am Just a Rapper” (2010) followed. These works did not become very well known though.
The Lion King
Donald Glover not only lend his voice to main character Simba in Disney’s new edition of “The Lion King”, he also recorded the title song together with Beyoncé. In an interview, he says how the original movie made him cry as a child and why the remake has its own magic.
Exactly 25 years ago, Disney’s fairy tale forge brought “The Lion King” to the cinema and won the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide with the touching story of the little lion cub Simba. In 2019 the film caused tears in the cinemas once more when it came to the big screen as a real-life version.