After entering his name into the Wu-Tang Clan name generator, Donald Glover soon took on the stage name “Childish Gambino,” releasing his first studio album, Camp, in 2011 after signing with Glassnote Records. As of 2018, Gambino has since signed with RCA. Prior to signing anywhere, though, Gambino independently released 12 mixtapes and 2 EPs, bringing his complete discography to comprise of 4 studio albums, 14 mixtapes, and 4 EPs.
Gambino’s first two albums Camp and Because the Internet received positive attention from critics, demonstrating his expertise in hip-hop and rap. Release of Awaken, My Love! in 2016, however, shocked the world, officially heralding Gambino as one of the top artists alive today. Unlike Gambino’s prior work, Awaken, My Love! fused sounds of R&B, psychedelic funk, soul — many calling it a masterful work of afrofuturism. Most recently Gambino released what he claims is his last album, 3.15.20, which features collaborations with artists like Ariana Grande and 21 Savage.
Since the release of Because The Internet in 2013, Gambino has received numerous Grammy nominations. The single “Redbone” off Awaken, My Love! won Gambino his first Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2018. The next year, Gambino’s single “This Is America” had a clean sweep, picking up every Grammy it was nominated for, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Music Video.