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RB 187: Facing the Music

From: The Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Length: 20:03

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We caught up with Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino to talk about where his musical inspiration comes from, and how he feels about the explosion of free music on the web.

5645352373_5be62207f9_b_small 2011 has been a big year for quintuple threat actor/writer/comedian/rapper Donald Glover. For the last decade he released rap, remixes, and mixtapes on the web completely for free under the names Childish Gambino and MC DJ. Not just free of charge, but free of any kind of copyright notice or license. But over the summer Glover, now picking up notice for his smart rhymes, instrumentally organic sound, and indie sensibility, got signed to Glassnote records, home to big indie acts like Mumford and Sons and Phoenix, and has been hard at work touring, and preparing for the release of his first "for pay" album CAMP.

Earlier this year we caught up with Donald to talk about where his musical inspiration comes from, and how he feels about the explosion of free music on the web.

This episode is a re-edit of an earlier episode. Listen to the original, featuring an additional interview with Amanda Palmer here.

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2011 has been a big year for quintuple threat actor/writer/comedian/rapper Donald Glover. For the last decade he released rap, remixes, and mixtapes on the web completely for free under the names Childish Gambino and MC DJ. Not just free of charge, but free of any kind of copyright notice or license. But over the summer Glover, now picking up notice for his smart rhymes, instrumentally organic sound, and indie sensibility, got signed to Glassnote records, home to big indie acts like Mumford and Sons and Phoenix, and has been hard at work touring, and preparing for the release of his first "for pay" album CAMP.

Earlier this year we caught up with Donald to talk about where his musical inspiration comes from, and how he feels about the explosion of free music on the web.

This episode is a re-edit of an earlier episode. Listen to the original, featuring an additional interview with Amanda Palmer here.