Donald Glover’s debut as both the host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend may have also acted as his official coming out party in terms of establishing himself as the premiere headline-worthy name in today’s entertainment landscape. While Kanye West continues to puzzle America with his ongoing mix of inspiring messages, new music previews and unclear political messages via Twitter, Drake dealing with the N.B.A.’s courtside seating tolerance level and Kendrick Lamar out on tour with his Top Dawg Championship Tour teammates, it was Glover aka Childish Gambino’s turn to step into America’s spotlight on Saturday to prove that he’s a creative force worth listening to, and he didn’t disappoint.
The actor and singer did both to the best of his ability for his first time in front of the camera on the popular weekend comedy show. Ironically, one of his more popular sketches of the evening came with a spoof to “A Quiet Place” mixed with parodying Kanye’s recent tweet storm that has been overanalyzed by both fans and the media (see video below). The real highlights of the evening came when Glover took the music stage as his alter-ego to debut two new songs with the introductory help of Zoe Kravitz with a dance-friendly, quick-hitting track titled “Saturday” (also see below).
As if a nonchalant Glover sporting an unbuttoned shirt on live television wasn’t awesome enough, the rapper ditched the article of clothing entirely for his debut of “This Is America,” a much heavier (musically and rhetorically) hip-hop power track that also came with its own music video on Vevo shortly after it premiered on “SNL” late Saturday night. The amazing new music video can be watched in full above, and if you look closely enough, you may even spot a cameo or two from fellow artists like SZA.
Glover’s debut on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend was certainly all the buzz within the entertainment landscape as fans began scrolling through social media on Sunday morning. The video and “SNL” episode mixed with the currently running acclaimed season two of “Atlanta” and the soon-to-arrive “Han Solo” prequel certainly helps to make Glover one of the buzziest names in American entertainment at the moment. If there’s anyone in music or television who takes full advantage of promotional opportunities without doing too much, it’s Donald Glover. Well done sir.
Fans will get the chance to experience Childish Gambino when the rapper heads out on tour across North America alongside fellow rappers Vince Staples, Tyler, The Creator and Rae Sremmurd this fall. Tickets for select shows on the upcoming run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.