Watch Childish Gambino’s Electric Performance of ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Single, “Redbone”


Topping off his wildly successful year (Atlanta being one of the best new shows, Awaken, My Love! by far being his best musical undertaking to date — not to mention that debuted at no. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums Chart), Donald Glover gave an electric performance of “Redbone” on The Tonight Show last night.

The track — the second single from the rapper’s non-rap album Awaken, My Love! — allows him to flaunt his vocal versatility, seeing him singing in a throaty upper register, and it sounded just as good live. Given the flattening effect late night stages can have on live performance, the song’s dynamic pairing of smoothness and bite — with woozy bass and percussion cut by the jaggedness of the voice Glover’s takes on here — was pretty perfectly sustained.

“Redbone” was the no. 8 song on the Hot R&B chart this week, up from its first week as no. 11, and no. 48 on the Hot 100 chart.