Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, got comfy on Arsenio Hall’s couch last night (Nov. 12) to talk about why he’s not really a rapper, why he doesn’t need a boss and what he really meant when he said he didn’t want to be Tyrese.
Like Tyler, the Creator before him, he treated Arsenio’s studio like his personal living room, sitting cross-legged throughout their chat, which had him explaining why he really left Community. “I just wanted to do something else, that was it,” he said. “There’s really not much more to it… I just wanted to do other stuff.”
It wasn’t to pursue his rap career full time because as Glover explained, “I don’t consider myself a rapper. I don’t think I’m a rapper. I can rap, but I don’t think I’m a rapper. I want to do other stuff.” Watch the full interview below.
He even joked, “Rappers don’t want to be rappers…It’s true. I don’t think any rapper wants to be just a rapper.”
Glover also spoke out about those Instagram confessions saying that he didn’t think they’d be a big deal, but that he stands behind what he wrote, specifically about caring what people think. “It’s always important to care what other people think because that’s what connects us,” he explained. “I want to do the best thing I can and sometimes, you know, I’m insecure, I feel weird about a bunch of stuff…but I wish I didn’t feel that way so much so it didn’t stop me from doing what I really love to be doing because everybody’s afraid, so afraid, of offending or being misunderstood and that’s going to happen.”
Glover also urged everyone to be their own boss and pursue whatever career they want. “Who’s stopping you?” Glover asked. “Nobody’s stopping you anymore, but we’re afraid to move on. That’s why there’s so much nostalgia on the Internet…because we don’t want to look forward, because that’s scary…but we gotta move on because it doesn’t make sense to stay.”
He also addressed his confession, “I’m scared I’ll be Tyrese,” which wasn’t as bad as it sounded.
“What I meant was I want to be okay with where I’m at, like I never want to settle. I never want to be like just happy with where I’m at, I always want to be going for better,” he explained, right after he admitted he was surprised that Tyrese hadn’t commented on what he said and was concerned the actor/model/singer was going to send a Transformer to kill him.
Glover also suggested that his fans stop trusting the Internet for information about him, noting that there are people out there who think he’s Danny Glover’s son. “I am not,” he said. “But I mean, that’s fair.”
Glover also performed his new song “Shadows” off Because the Internet, out Dec. 10, where else, but on the couch with Arsenio looking on.
Watch the performance below.