Childish Gambino took the iHeartRadio Music Festival stage Friday (9/21) to perform a few of his latest hits that will potentially be featured on his (speculated) upcoming album. The Atlanta star and creator gave fans a show of a lifetime walking out onto the stage in a relaxed shirtless attire with loose sweatpants.
The vibrant performance included:
"Feels Like Summer"
"This is America"
Earlier this week, Gambino took the stage for one of his final performances at the Capitol One Arena in D.C. He was adamant that the crowd live in the moment sans cell phones and social media.
"You paid for this, those people out there didn't," he urged the fans. The social commentator asked that the crowd enjoy the live band's soothing melodies without the distraction of streaming it to the world.
Much speculation has swarmed regarding the retirement of the multi-hyphenated artist from music.
“If you bought a ticket to this concert, that means you bought a ticket to the last Childish Gambino tour ever,” Gambino told fans during his Madison Square Garden show, according to Rolling Stone.
He stands by the point that all good things must come to an end. So although we'll see the retirement of the name "Childish Gambino," we can expect a new man to emerge. The question is if the artist will choose to reinvent the distinguishable style that we've grown to know and love. No other artist has successfully combined such cultural beats and eclectic dance moves with a social commentating rap/singing flow as easily as Gambino.
“I think if a lot of things had death clauses in them we wouldn’t have a lot of problems in the world, to be honest. I think endings are good because they force things to get better.” Glover told reporters after winning the 2018 Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy for "Redbone."
“I’m really appreciative of this [Grammy]. I’m making another project right now. But I like endings, I think they’re important to progress."
Childish Gambino originally received the moniker from a Wu-Tang Clan website name generator. Think he'll use it to come up with a new name or stick by his given name, Donald Glover?
If you're wishing to see the end of Childish Gambino, you can check him out on the remaining dates of the This is America tour:
9/22 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/23 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
9/26 Inglewood, CA – The Forum
9/27 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
9/29 Seattle, WA – KeyArena
9/30 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
If you missed any of this year's iHeartRadio Music Festival, we've got you covered! Fans can re-live all of the best moments from the unforgettable weekend by tuning into a two-night television special, exclusively on The CW, on October 7th and October 8th from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET/PT.