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Donald Glover: The Unsung Role Model?

Donald Glover is one of the most talented artists of our generation - is he underrated?

16th Nov 2016


In the light of his recent casting as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo movie, it is about time that we all start asking that question again; does Donald Glover really get the credit he deserves as a role model?

As a man who seems to be excelling in everything he does, Donald Glover really has taken the world by storm recently. With upcoming roles in Spiderman Homecoming and Star Wars, as well as an album just around the corner as Childish Gambino, he seems to be the man who knows no bounds as an entertainer. His story really should be one that is told everywhere yet his fame really doesn't compare to other superstars, but with these huge projects on the horizon, the world should be seeing much more of Glover in the next few years.

While under the stage name Childish Gambino, Glover has amassed a great following in music. His 2014 album "Because the Internet" became certified gold after selling 377,000 since its release and he has received respect from many as a wacky lyricist with strange but likeable music that very much reflects his persona in real life. This has lead to close working relationships with huge names in music such as Jhene Aiko, Chance the Rapper & Ab-Soul.

A writer at TV show 30 Rock, in his earlier days, and now the full fledged producer of highly rated comedy-drama Atlanta he has also showed his creativity behind the scenes. That's without mentioning his production abilities in music as well, as he was the mind behind every instrumental on his 2011 album Camp. So there are a number of reasons why he should now be taken more seriously.

So you would think with all these things going for him that Glover would be quite the recognisable chap. There is no doubt that he's a well respected name within the industry, but while the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West get an incredible amount of attention from fans around the globe, you'll still get people asking who exactly Donald Glover is. While the likes of rappers such as Lil Uzi Vert are receiving a lot of mainstream media attention in Hip Hop, Gambino has gone under the radar as someone who could really be a shining beacon of creativity for up and coming artists and virtuosos everywhere. Having been associated with superstars ranging from the likes of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole to Chevy Chase and Tina Fey, it's nothing short of baffling how Glover manages to stay out of the public eye. If more people were to see his value, the new generation would benefit greatly.

As an entertainer, his CV seems to be immense and never ending, with important roles in countless mediums, and this might surprise people who aren't familiar with his work. For young people who grew up watching Glover as Troy Barnes on NBC sitcom Community or listening to his music as Childish Gambino this man has become an inspiration purely due to his supreme work ethic in everything he does. Something everyone can learn from someone like Donald Glover is to immerse yourself in your work and strive to be the best at everything you do, as he has shown he can do over the years.

Donald Glover is a natural performer and entertainer, and his accolades don't do him nearly enough justice as a role model. Is it about time we started taking more notice of him? Maybe he is starting to get the exposure he deserves, and just maybe he is on his way to becoming one of the new generation of influential faces.

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