YouTube is my jam. I’ve worked with YouTube creators since 2012 and love sharing different YouTube creators with my friends and family. I’m now at the point where I have a full set of “OG” YouTubers that I go back to and watch their content and now there is no one more mind blowing than our boy Donald Glover, aka This is America, aka Mr Atlanta, aka Lando, aka Mr taking over the culture...
Donald Glover is everywhere, everything, and all consuming. I can’t remember an artist in recent memory who seemingly has dominated TV (Atlanta), music (Childish Gambino), and movies (Lando, I mean Solo) all at one time. Some people would mention Justin Timberlake but he’s not making prestige TV shows like our boy Donald. It’s fantastic, good for him - but it’s also mind-blowing because he has A WILD YouTube history - that I’m pretty most people don’t know about. Note - I've talked to lots of employees and only @ebregman and Donnie knew about this content, which isn't surprising cause Evan is a internet Jedi and Donnie is one of the coolest dudes at RT (check out his band)!
Glover was part of comedy sketch group called Derrick Comedy, which was made up of a bunch of folks but the heavy hitters were Glover, Dominic Dierkes, and D.C. Pierson. Their sketches ran the gamut from average to hilarious but it’s clear that Donald is the star (I think he got cast in Community off this). What is also clear is that Glover’s eye for ultra sharp social commentary, absurdism, and fearlessness shines through even in this early work. Let’s go ahead and check out some of the work and if you’ve never seen this before - buckle up, because this shit is pretty crazy.
Bro Rape feels like something from a forgotten time, and not in a good way. Damn, what a different world 2006 was and I’m frankly surprised that a sketch like this is still on YouTube, let alone starring the Golden Boy himself. The message it sends about sexual violence, sexual preferences, and overall campus life is a little too far when viewed at in 2018 lense. However, perhaps that is what they were going for? I don’t think it was.
I always just loved this concept: two DJ’s getting hunted by a wolf they unleashed through a magical text. Not that much social commentary here - just a good laugh.
And here we are again, long before Donald was demonstrating America’s massive problems with race and culture in his now classic “This is America” video - he was learning how to crudely push the buttons here. Watching this video now, I’m struck how I still feel as uncomfortable as I did in 2006 when I first saw it, an emotion that I feel during part of the “This America Video.”
There are lots more hilarious videos on the YouTube channel, I encourage you to check them out. There even are more in the archives on College Humor. They’re a fascinating public chronicle of Mr. Glover, someone who I think will be around blowing our minds for a very long time. That is unless he goes full Kanye - but I don’t think he’ll do it that, at least I hope he wont.