It was a big weekend for Childish Gambino, the musical alter ego of Atlanta star and creator Donald Glover. Glover not only debuted with a brand new 55-minute Amazon movie, Guava Island– including new visuals for his shocking success for the 2018 system, "This Is America" - but he also held his first headline title at Coachella, aka "This place where Beyoncé dazzled everyone last year. "So, yes, no pressure.
Glover reacted to all this potential crisis / opportunity by building on its strengths, leveraging its personality and visual artist talents to bring festival crowds to a "church" – and perhaps Also being in the alley behind the church, knowing that he was jumping into the crowd at one point to take a smoke break with a lucky fan. Videos of Gambino Indio's nocturnal performance also show him on the stage, delivering a dark and realistic monologue on the death of his father and community figures such as Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle, sharing a quick hug behind the scenes. Janelle Monáe (who had her own kickass set last night, we should probably post it), and even, occasionally, play some real songs.
This is not to neglect Glover's musical talents, but to emphasize how much he has grasped the heart of Coachella's current experience: give people a show that is both grand and personal, and everything the rest will be put in place.[via[via[via[viaFork]