No…. I’m not drunk or high.
I’ve always loved hip-hop, but aside from metal, it was probably my most blunt genre of music, even though hip-hop is probably my second or third most listened to genre. My top rappers at the time were Eminem, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. I loved all of them, I owned all their albums, and I knew lyrics to all there songs. It never really bothered me that I only listened to three rappers. Then I was introduced to Kid Cudi through Kanye West. Kid Cudi soon hit the charts on my iPod and I was introduced to a new type of hip-hop.
After a long ride with Kid Cudi playing in my car on a constant loop, I decided I needed to expand my taste in this young genre. With the help of my friend and his website, I was able to find exactly what I was looking for. My knowledge expanded, and I kept true to my typical self. To the equivalent of my indie rock bands, I discovered so many underground hip-hop artists. From Aesop Rock to the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, I grew a new appreciation of hip-hop.
Childish Gambino then entered the picture. I was always a fan of Donald Glover’s work. But not knowing the full potential of this man I blindly looked over his real talents for the longest of times. Then one casual day I happen to be strolling the lovely YouTube when I found Mr. Gambino’s remix of Two Weeks by Grizzly Bear. Since then… I was hooked.
I quickly learned all the amazing things Donald Glover has done in his short period of life and is still continuing to do! One… He’s a writer for the award winning show “30 Rock”. Two… He is an actor in one of my favourite shows entitled “Community”. Three… He’s a stand up comedian. Four… He has is own comedy troupe that makes videos under “Derrick Comedy”. Five… He wrote, directed, and produced a hilarious movie called “Mystery Team”. AND finally – Six… He’s an amazing rapper. (And as a side bonus, he also has a new-age alternate universe Spider-Man that is influenced by him.)
Donald Glover has done and is doing everything I want to do with my life. He is one of my biggest influences. On all of my writing. Including my scripts, songs, and even this website. Without the influence I receive from him, I wouldn’t be able to focus these skills towards anything important, real, or [super]heroic.