Donald Glover didn’t imagine that a little girl would one day flip “Redbone” into a Girl Scout cookies jingle, but that’s precisely what happened, thanks to a young entrepreneur named Charity Joy. On Wednesday (Feb. 28), Childish Gambino met his big fan on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“I never was like, ‘I’ll make this and then one day, a little girl will sell Girl Scout cookies to it,” he said, while smiling. “It’s pretty great. A lot of people sent that to me and I was touched, especially that they’re from Atlanta. It was beautiful.”
Charity Joy surprised Glover by showing up to the show with her father Seymour and a Girl Scout cookies order form. “It says, ‘My cookie goal is 113,’ so I’ll take them all,” he said. “You guys want cookies? I’ll do that.”
Just moments before making the child’s goal a reality, Childish had been talking about his own childhood. “I was raised Jehovah’s Witness so I didn’t have a lot of things from the world,” he said. “I was taught the world was kind of a bad place so whenever things came in, I was like, ‘This is really dope.’”
Some of the “dope” things include Emmys for his hit FX show “Atlanta.” The show centers around a rapper named Paper Boi played by Brian Tyree Henry, and his manager Earn, played by Glover.
When asked why he opted not to play the rapper in the series, Gambino said it wasn’t an option. “That would have been wack to me,” he said. “That just feels wack. It just didn’t feel cool to me to actually make music and then make a show.”
He went on to say that critics have dubbed it “Twin Peaks” for rappers. “But it’s really kind of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ for rappers,” he added. “Being a rapper is super awkward.”
The second season of “Atlanta,” dubbed “Robbin’ Season,” premieres tonight on FX.