Where is Childish Gambino from? Childish Gambino is from Edwards Air Force Base, California, where he was born Donald Glover on September 25, 1983. When he was four, the future rapper, actor, stand-up comedian, and writer moved with his family to Georgia, where he grew up. As a youngster, he took an interest in writing short plays — something he studied further at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, Glover adopted the rap moniker Childish Gambino, which he found via the online Wu-Tang Clan name generator. Around the same time, he began studying with the Upright Citizens Brigade, a popular improv comedy group that also helped launch Amy Poehler and Horatio Sanz. In 2006, the same year he graduated with a degree in dramatic arts, Glover landed a job writing for the NBC show “30 Rock.” Two years later, Childish Gambino made his debut with the mixtape “Sick Boi,” and in the year’s since, Glover has split his time between comedy and hip-hop, appearing in various films and TV shows and releasing two albums: “Camp” (2011) and “Because the Internet” (2013).
While hip-hop fans may have begun wondering where Childish Gambino is from in 2010, when he released the popular mixtapes “I Am Just a Rapper” and “I Am Just a Rapper 2,” comedy fans may have started inquiring about Donald Glover’s hometown several years earlier, when he was racking up accolades as a “30 Rock” writer and member of the Derrick Comedy troupe. From 2009 to 2014, Glover/Gambino portrayed Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom “Community,” further adding to his growing celebrity. In 2010, he taped his first Comedy Central special, and in 2011 — the same year he dropped his debut, “Camp” — he hosted the MTV Woodie Awards.
Where is Childish Gambino from, geographically speaking? Built in 1933, Edwards Air Force Base is located roughly 20 miles northeast of Lancaster, California. Technically speaking, Childish Gambino is a West Coast rapper, since he was born in Cali, though he grew up in Georgia and cut his teeth in New York City, so in that sense, the MC behind such singles as “Crawl,” “3005,” and “Sweatpants” is more of an East Coast guy. Either way, Childish Gambino — or Donald Glover, if you prefer — is a multi-talented dude with a bright future.