Donald Glover has certainly been busy for as long as he’s been in the public eye. He went from Derrick Comedy on Youtube to writing for 30 Rock to Troy on the cult classic show Community. After that he decided to create, star in, direct, and probably also do catering for the Emmy Award-winning show Atlanta. He has also hit the big screen in a few major movies including Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Martian, and Spiderman: Homecoming. However, when he visited the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Tuesday night, he was fully Childish Gambino.
The night started with Rae Sremmurd taking the stage. Swae Lee took the lead with his explosive energy, but it was clear from the first song that something was wrong with his brother Slim Jxmmi. After spending most of the first few songs off stage he revealed that a close friend of his had passed away earlier before. Swae Lee would continue on as one man show for the majority of their set, performing hits like “No Flex Zone”, “Come Get Her”, and “Black Beatles”.
After an agonizing wait, Childish Gambino took the stage and started out performing an unreleased song called “Algorythm” that combined the R&B style he tried out in his last album, Awaken, My Love!, with the rap skills he’s featured since his first EPs. After the song he welcomed the crowd to “The last Childish Gambino tour ever” and told everyone that this was not a concert but instead a trip to church. Gambino spent the set balancing his older rap songs, with his newer funk music, while also playing another unreleased song. Songs like “The Worst Guys” and “This is America” had the whole arena jumping up and down screaming every word back at the charismatic performer. He managed to keep his promise of taking the crowd to church by bringing out a mini gospel choir for the bombastic “Have Some Love” while also stripping it back to just him and a microphone for more emotional tracks.
When he left the stage the crowd knew an encore had to be in store. After some encouragement from the crowd he came back out to string together four of his most legendary songs (“Sober”, “3005”, “Sweatpants”, and “Redbone”) to end out an amazing night. Donald Glover continues to amaze in every aspect of his performances. If this truly is the last Childish Gambino tour of all time, he’s certainly going out on a high note.
Check out the genre hopping setlist below:
- Algorythm (unreleased song)
- The Worst Guys
- Late Night in Kauai (instrumental)
- Stand Tall
- Have Some Love
- Feels Like Summer
- Spirits (unreleased song)
- This Is America