Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, made his (heavily edited) television debut last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performing "Bonfire" off his new album Camp. While it's great to see him making the rounds as a fun and dynamic musical artist, Glover's big debut may have been just a little too late: Jimmy Fallon's Community plug is bittersweet in light of yesterday's dispiriting news that the show is being "benched" from NBC's esteemed Thursday night comedy lineup to make room for the return of 30 Rock and the new time slot for Up All Night come January.
However, Camp is both refreshing and mischievous, positively bursting with self-deprecation, bold declarations, and enough twisty references packed in between the crackling turns of phrase to warrant having Wikipedia open while you listen to all thirteen tracks. Glover is clearly having ball on his first full-length album, showing off his chops for both snarling beats and softer touches, and the coup de grace is the album's outro: a six-minute recollection about a young, defining summer camp moment. It's relatable and raunchy in turn, supercharging the actor/singer's already fast-rising star.