Donald ‘Childish Gambino’ Glover Speaks On Working With Beyonce On Lion King, His Music And Racism In America

Childish Gambino said working with Queen Bey made him a little nervous


Donald Glover, popularly called by his stage name ‘Childish Gambino’ has aired his opinion about his collaboration with Beyonce Knowles on the Lion King and how his music he feels his music cannot be a tool that will change Americans’ attitude towards racism.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Childish Gambino said working with Queen Bey made him a little nervous. “We started recording some stuff and it’s, you know, it’s a little intimidating, (At least) from my point of view.”

“They’re like, ‘So here are the lyrics,’ and I’m like, ‘I know the lyrics! Don’t worry,’” he laughed. “I was in fourth grade when this came out.”

Glover had to shower praise on the Lemonade singer after seeing her perform. “Just hearing her do it, it’s been like, ‘Man, this is a really special thing,’” he gushed.


In an interview with British newspaper The Times, Glover says he doesn’t think his huge popularity as a mainstream artist and actor reflects a change in attitude towards African-Americans.

“It’s like when Obama became president and people said racism was over,” he explains. “I have a lyric I haven’t put out yet ‘White kids like me, I rap about comics and stuff. White kids hate me I don’t scare their parents enough.’ I don’t use my black card, so people don’t get hood tourism by listening to my music, but I do try to be honest with my situation and who I am.”

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Earlier this month, he debuted a new single ‘This Is America’, that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, alongside a provocative video which sparked intense discussion due to its graphic but flippant depiction of the violence black Americans face.

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