Donald Glover: "My Music Won't Help America Deal With Racism"
(AllHipHop News) Donald Glover doesn't think his music will help change America's conversation on race as he's too acceptable to mainstream audiences.
The star debuted a new single, "This Is America," under his rap name earlier this month.
The track has topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and its provocative video instantly sparked intense discussion due to its graphic but flippant depiction of the violence black Americans face.
However, in an interview, Donald says he doesn't think his huge popularity as a mainstream artist and actor reflects a change in attitude towards African-Americans.
"It's like when Obama became president and people said racism was over," he explained. "I have a lyric I haven't put out yet 'White kids like me, I rap about comics and stuff. White kids hate me I don't scare their parents enough.' I don't use my black card, so people don't get hood tourism by listening to my music, but I do try to be honest with my situation and who I am."
The star is set to appear on screen as a young Lando Calrissian in "Solo: A Star Wars Story" later this month after winning plaudits for his roles in U.S. comedy Community and FX network show "Atlanta," a series he created himself.
Although he's now a successful rapper, his parents were not at all into music and he says their lack of enthusiasm meant he initially focused on comedy, saying he didn't feel he had to "ask permission" before pursuing it as a career.
He started out in stand-up before Tina Fey hired him as a writer for her show 30 Rock in 2006.
The 34-year-old recalls her job offer came at the perfect time - as he was about to abandon all hope of breaking into show business.
"I had no money," he adds. "I was about to start a job writing for video games. I knew it was going to suck. Tina Fey's manager heard about me and got in contact, asked to see my writing, and Tina Fey interviewed me a few days later."
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" debuts in cinemas on May 25.