During a performance at Governors Ball Saturday, Donald Glover revealed some news about both his personal life and his Childish Gambino rap persona. After largely keeping information about his son private since confirming becoming a father during January’s Golden Globe Awards, Glover disclosed his son’s name.
“This song is dedicated to everybody in this crowd and my young son, Legend,” Glover told the crowd before performing “Baby Boy” from Awaken, My Love!
In October 2016, there were reports of Glover and his girlfriend becoming parents, but little additional information was provided. Glover thanked both his girlfriend and his son during the Golden Globe Awards in January. And while the song title and references to “little hands, little feet” and a “tiny heart, tiny beat” on “Baby Boy” make some references to fatherhood, this is believed to be the first time Glover has publicly revealed his son’s name.
As expected from someone who named an album Because The Internet and released two stand-up comedy specials, Glover let the crowd know he was aware of the “Redbone” meme. Glover dedicated a solid two minutes of his set to acknowledge the meme by referencing a fictional bathroom make-out session as a nod to the original “Redbone” meme.
CHILDISH GAMBINO USED THE REDBONE MEME, THIS IS HISTORY pic.twitter.com/guPJ0BACwC— free mr met (@groovyromie) June 4, 2017
That meme went on to inspire other riffs including a Gordon Ramsay version and a Nintendo Gamecube version. Glover's meme reference led into his performance of the actual single “Redbone,” and then things took a bit of serious turn when Glover pretty much announced that Awaken, My Love! is the penultimate Childish Gambino album.
"last Gambino album" im shook pic.twitter.com/buQajp3iXy— Peyton (@Nites) June 4, 2017
“I’ll see you for the last Gambino album,” Glover said before exiting the stage.
If Glover does indeed step back from recording as Childish Gambino, he leaves behind a discography that includes 2011’s Camp, 2013’s Grammy-nominated Because The Internet, 2016’s Awaken My Love!, and the mixtapes Royalty and STN MTN/Kauai.
Away from the microphone, Glover is expected to resume season two of his FX Comedy Atlanta, while also starring in The Lion King, Spiderman: Homecoming, and an upcoming Star Wars movie based on the Han Solo character.