With his hip-hop act Childish Gambino, Donald Glover – best known for his role as Troy on NBC’s hit comedy Community – is giving his acting career a run for its money. He’s just signed a deal with indie label Glassnote, home to Mumford & Sons and Phoenix, and is getting ready to release his debut album, Camp (tentatively set for November 1st).
“The biggest compliment I can give the album right now is it’s worthy of being on Glassnote,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I love Glassnote’s stuff, and he [Daniel Glass] was like, ‘We can do anything with this album if the album’s good.’”
Glover probably also scored some points with one track in particular that gives a shout out to Mumford & Sons. “I definitely reference them in this one song,” he says. “We all know each other, it’s kind of cool. It’s like a family.”
Is working with Mumford or Phoenix a possibility? “I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it right now, but I’ve started collaborating with a bunch of artists,” he says.
His wish list of partners goes well beyond the Glassnote family, however. “Who wouldn’t want to work with Kanye and Jay-Z? I love [Watch the Throne], I was defending it cause it was perfect to me. I love it,” he says. “And I know a lot of people have a lot of problems with it, it’s just like a really good stadium rap album. All the songs are so big, like ‘Lift Off.’ That sounds like the NBC theme song. It’s fucking huge.”
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Will Camp be worthy of the stadium-rap moniker? “I’m like, ‘This is for the stage,'” he says. “I want people, when I play that first chord, to be like, ‘Oh my god, I know this song.'”