Donald Glover Explains Why He Sees Himself As The New Tupac Shakur

The entertainer also known as Childish Gambino covers 'Esquire' magazine.

(AllHipHop News) Many rap stars have made a comparison between their own life story and the lore of the late rapper/actor Tupac Shakur. Apparently, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) is part of that group of 2Pac disciples.

Glover is featured in an in-depth cover story for Esquire magazine. The Grammy and Emmy winner spoke about numerous topics like filming season 2 of Atlanta, landing roles in Solo: A Star Wars Story and The Lion King, racism in America, and his connection to Pac.

"I know everybody likens themselves to Tupac a lot,” said Glover. “I am the new Tupac in a strange way. I grew up similar. I didn’t have a mom in the Black Panthers, but my parents were very pro-black. Also, my mom made me go to performing-arts high school. She was like, ‘That’s where you need to be.’ Sometimes you have to play a role for people to understand you, even though you’re far more complex than any of that. Sometimes it’s really hard to simplify that so people can eat it.”

He continued, “Storytelling is just simplifying what’s happening to you. Life is just a story. Stuff that happens to you, you just put into story mode. I just take what’s there and put it into story mode on a smaller level so that you can be like, ‘Oh my God, that’s life! I totally relate to that.'"

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DaDirtiest514
DaDirtiest514

his acting is far from top notch thats like saying Nick Cannon was like Tupac . just being in a show doesnt necessarily make you a GOOD actor. Donald has been in a bunch of LAME WHITE PEOPLE comedies and the horrible ATL show

Southcidal3
Southcidal3

He's a multi-faceted, black performing artist. Why not shoot for Pac? Who else should he aspire to be like? Quavo?

Noname
Noname

These niggaz need to stop.....alot of parents grow up pro blac like tupac' s parents from facing oppression. He is not the only young male blac actor. Having things in common with Pac does not give you the right to make a comparison. I have been shot and my pops was a panther and im tatted, police have shot at me when I was li ing like that BUT I will never
feel that makes me like Pac. I know other cats with the same story. This boy needs to quit. BTW there ain't nothing street about him. I respect his grind but the comparison is disrespectful. Iono why cats just don't want to be themselves? Make people want to look up to you. With all his star power he wants to walk in another man's shadow?

MattBane
MattBane

I'm not even a fan of Pac but for fucks sake, cunts need to stop saying they're the new Tupac.. In many ways this goose is more than Pac, definitely a lot less in plenty other departments.. They don't compare at all.

Redfence
Redfence

I compare myself to heavy d except ima little darker.i can perform..



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