21 Savage on Working With Childish Gambino for “This Is America”

At the Billboard Music Awards last night, Post Malone and 21 Savage took home the 'Top Rap Song' for “Rockstar.” Fresh off providing some ad-libs on Childish Gambino's “This Is America,” 21 was having one hell of a celebratory night. On the red carpet, Billboard managed to catch up with 21 before the show, and he talked about how he celebrated “Rockstar” hitting the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, and what it was like to collaborate with Donald Glover.

“Me and Childish just sat in the studio for like six hours and just talked the whole night, really,” he told Billboard. “We made a song and I did some ad libs on that song, but we were really just talking the whole time. He a cool dude, and he from my city, so same side of town.” Providing extensive ad-libs to “This Is America,” 21 has already built up a great working relationship with Glover, so hopefully, that means another collaboration between the two is on the way.

When asked about what he's working on himself, though, he teased that he's been working with Pharrell recently. He didn't offer a time-frame for when we should expect to hear the results of those studio sessions, but he did open up about his dream collaborations. “That’d be a dream come true to work with Beyoncé or Rihanna … I already did something with Nicki [Minaj], Cardi [B], so now it’s just Beyoncé and Rihanna and I’ll be good.”

As for how he celebrated achieving his first No. 1 single with “Rockstar,” he explained, “I forgot. I think I got drunk, probably.”

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SZA Previews “Garden” Video Starring Donald Glover and Her Mother

Last week, SZA made a cameo in Childish Gambino's “This Is America” video and it seems he's about to return the favor in her forthcoming “Garden” visual.

SZA shared a short clip of the video on Sunday evening, revealing that it will star herself, Donald Glover, and Audrey Rowe (her mother). “Mommy u mean more than energy provides,” she wrote in an Instagram caption. “My Ace. My apex. My co designer. Happy Mother’s Day all.”

The video will be directed by Karena Evans, the Toronto director who was behind Drake's “God's Plan” and “Nice For What” visuals.

The teaser didn't include a release date for the video itself, but it did give us a good idea what its theme will be: SZA's relationship with her mother. The clip includes a charming back-and-forth, in which SZA's grandmother says, “You ain't have shit to say to me and I ain't got shit to say to you.”

You can watch the preview clip above or on SZA's Instagram.

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Donald Glover Belts Out “Superstition” with Stevie Wonder, Kelly Rowland and More

What better way to spend a night than singing an iconic song with the legendary Stevie Wonder? At the singer-songwriter's private 67th birthday bash, titled (!) “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love and Music” at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles, Wonder took the stage to perform his huge collection of hits in two hour-long performances, including his 1972 hit “Superstition.”

Joining him was none other than Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino, who has a knack for covering classics (and expertly harnessing their vibes, on “Awaken, My Love!”), along with Kelly Rowland, U.K. songstress Jessie J, and Luke James on background vocals.

The foursome jammed onstage alongside other backing vocalists and a killer live band. Glover's sensational new video for “This Is America” is still at the forefront of everyone's mind and Wonder himself offered praised, joking that he “saw” it, and also suggested the two collaborate, The Blast reports. “In a time where the world seems to be asleep, it’s great to know when people are woke,” he said from behind a piano.

Other guests at Wonder's celebration included T.I., Angela Bassett and Jesse Williams.

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Donald Glover Helps ‘Saturday Night Live’ Bag a Ratings Boost

In a rare feat, this weekend's Saturday Night Live was thoroughly watchable from beginning to end. That was in large part—or better yet, the largest possible part—due to host and musical guest Donald Glover.

In fact, according to a Deadline ratings report published Sunday, the Glover-hosted episode gave the weekly NBC sketch series a boost. The episode, the first new SNL since April 14, bagged a 4.1 Live/same day rating and a 1.8 in the 18-49 age demographic. That's up from the previous new episode, which earned 3.9 and 1.7, respectively. For more on what, exactly, these numbers mean, click here.

The same night as his double-duty SNL takeover, Glover surprise-released a new Childish Gambino track titled “This Is America.” The song's official video, directed by Atlanta's Hiro Murai, will quite realistically go down as this year's defining piece of art.

Next for Glover, who's rolling out the last two episodes of Atlanta's second season in the coming weeks, is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Glover's take on a young Lando Calrissian is joined by Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, and replacement director Ron Howard.

 

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On the Gambino side of things, don't ruin your whole year by skipping out on his upcoming tour with Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples. It'll be worth whatever you have to spend to get in the door.

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