Childish Gambino: "I Think It's Kind Of Wack That Rappers Can't Take Being Talked About"

The rapper says "I think that's just so stupid, we're grown men, so people don't like you, who cares?"

Shortly after performing a set at SXSW, Childish Gambino visited the Complex House at the festival to answer some questions about what he’s currently working on and his love/hate relationship with WorldStarHipHop.

Asked about the subject of his recent freestyle, Childish Gambino didn’t reveal who he was talking about, but admitted to directing bars at other rappers and feeling like many in the industry need thicker skin. “I’m not gonna lie, sometimes I do be going at people specifically,” he said. “The thing about it is, I think it’s kind of wack that rappers can’t take being talked about. I think that’s just so stupid, we’re grown men, so people don’t like you, who cares? That’s the point. If everybody like you, you’d be like the Clay Aiken of Rap. That’s the thing, I was like, ‘Oh, too many people liking Macklemore.’ See now, now the hate comes...Who cares if you still get to work?”

Speaking on his recent Complex cover story, Childish Gambino described wanting to try new things with his music. “I just wanna push things forward, I feel like if you’re not moving forward as an artist you’re kind of wasting your time here,” he said. “I was like, ‘I didn’t want to do that,’ which is why I like I left Community, at least for a little and wanted to do other things. Things should be, for lack of a better term, edgy. Everything, we should push boundaries, that’s the point.”

During the interview the rapper/actor/comedian also revealed that he’s already begun work on his next album. “Working on a really big project, I’m really excited about, I can’t say what that is yet but we just started working on that,” he said. “And the next album, I’ve already made a couple songs for the next album. I just want push boundaries do things that nobody’s done before and I think this album might do that.”

Responding to Complex’s question about his feelings on WorldStarHipHop, a topic he broached on his because the internet album, Gambino described being desensitized to the content. “I love that you can talk to a kid, and he’s like watching a fight comp., and then he’s also like, ‘Did you hear about Russia? Did you hear about Ukraine?’” he said. “‘Cause they put that stuff up, most of those videos are from—most of them are like out there because they’re the most ratchet. I feel like Russia’s the most ratchet. It’s more turnt than anyone, everytime I meet a Russian girl it’s like she’s from Atlanta, or something, she’s like ratchet, like for real.

“The hate part, honestly it has more to do with human beings in general,” he added. “It’s just like, I’m gonna get used to seeing someone die. I’m so used to it now. Like those fight comps, I know those dudes don’t make it, like half of those dudes. Like I saw a dude get stomped out in the face, I’m like, ‘That dude did not live.’ So now, I’m just fine, it still freaks me out but not. Yeah, I mean it sucks, but that’s what happens, you always look for the next thing. There will be something worse than Worldstar.”



  • Anonymous

    Childish Gaybino fans on fire right now lol, y'all nikkas is dunces for supporting this faggot.

  • Ddot

    Russia is "ratchet" and "turnt up"? What in the sweet & holy fuck is this guy smoking?! Oh yeah....meth.

  • X

    say what you want about his music... the lil nigga has a point

  • Anonymous

    I Think It's Kind Of Wack That This Nigga Is Still Alive

  • How The Childish Mind Of A Childish Gambino Fan Works

    'Bino is my God, who I must dickride and ass kiss til the day that I die and expect everybody else to do the same thing, and if they don't I'mma have to say some dumb shit like "y'all mad cause he fucked yo bitch" "y'all mad cause he more talented than Pac" "y'all mad cause he got more money than y'all" and then laugh the whole day at my comments and contemplate worshipping a nigga that don't give a fuck about me.

  • alwaystruerap

    yo childish is too dope! glad he speakin out bout this fake whack rappers. i just stumbled on a new artist that reminds me alot of childish, check him out

  • Icey

    Sure is a lotta dudes mad that bino fucked their bitch.

  • Anonymous

    Niggas hating on childish Gambino what for fucking there bitches and being more talented than them lol his better than half the herpes on these niggas ipod, iphones, ipads playlists

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  • Anonymous

    You guys keep talking about how 90's hip-hop was so lyrical, when 90's hip-hop lyrics were simple as fuck. Show me crazy double entendres, rhyme schemes and etc. by people like 2pac and BIG. They were dope. But they were never crazy lyricists. Also, battles nowadays are a lot more complex as opposed to the simple shit in the 90's.

    • Anonymous

      The top comment is complete bullshit!!! So you are saying that Childish Gambino has better lyrics than B.I.G. and 2pac? LOL Get this dude the fuck outta here! I thought "Because of the Internet" was a decent project but to say this guy is on an elite level is ridiculous. Also 90s rappers DID in fact have double entendres. Ever heard of Nas, Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane, Canibus, Big L, Rass Kass and etc. Also I'm not one of these "Rap was better in the 90s fans" that complain

    • Anonymous

      Organized Konfusion, Outkast, Wu, etc. Also battles were mostly off the top and to instrumentals and were imho doper, most of this acapella stuff is glorified stand up comedy

  • Anonymous

    I think it's kind of wack how an actor suddenly wants to rap.

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  • Anonymous

    I'm a hipster / goth. I listen to Drake, Childish Gambino, Tyler and Kid Cudi. They are great.

  • Lulu

    fuck this Lenny Kravitz face ass nicca

    • Anonymous

      my nigga. u dissing his looks? his persona and vibe is way wacker u should diss him on that instead trust me.

  • Anonymous

    I still have to meet a Childish Gambino fan. Nigga is the walking/living embodiment of wackness.

  • Anonymous

    its because social media turned everyone into butthurt bitches. no privacy mean guard up 24/7

  • IROC

    It was battle rapping back in the day then Tupac and Biggie situation happen, Today these guys are wearing dressess and acting like females hell Jay Z just sported a skirt i say no longer Hov just Hoe now spending to much time with that confuse cross dressing Kanye ,Snoop went from gangsta to pimp to being the Tranny he is today dress wearing fingers nail painted to get airplay this what is required now to be on top

    • Anonymous

      this world is for those who hold it down for their fam!! only swashbuckling faggots go by that he said she said shit, swinging from nuts to nuts tryna get one. childish is def not one, neither was pac or big, you follow the devil, he will kill yo ass!

    • Anonymous

      if u real u destined to die. simple

    • Nonymous

      Guess what. 99% of humans on this earth are fake ass mofos. Including yourself. That's why pac dead. This world aint built for real mofos. Only the fake snakes get by. Biggie was a fake too he just got merked cuz Pac did.

  • blkviper

    I've been saying this for years! it's one thing to get into a battle musically like the NY days when it was about the most creative verses and how the drove record sales. todays cats want to fight every time someone mentions their name they start bitching, tough guys acting soft.

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