While you’re freaking out about ‘Community,’ check out this Childish Gambino feature our friends at The Boom Box did.
You rap but you’re also a producer. When did you start realizing you had a knack for doing both?
When I was really young, I really wanted a Talkboy, which is a tape recorder that was made very popular in ‘Home Alone 2: [Lost in New York],’ and I really wanted one. I saved up and I got one. My mom bought a guitar from a family friend of mine and I would make little albums with it all the time. I was taking guitar lessons and I was learning piano at the same time. I guess about freshmen year of college as well, a friend of mine came and visited me and he had a ripped version of FruityLoops [a digital audio workstation] and I just started making beats on FruityLoops. Actually all of my remixes and my music was done exclusively through FruityLoops. I remixed all of Fiona Apple and I remixed all of Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Illinois’ album all through FruityLoops, which sounds cumbersome but it was actually very fun. I guess like because of that, I was like, “I gotta do something with these beats.” They all sounded like anime theme songs.