After taking home his first Grammy Award on Sunday, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has announced plans to re-release his breakthrough record, EP.
Gambino's 2011 mixtape will be available on all major streaming platforms by midnight on Monday, Jan. 31. The move comes as part of his creative partnership with Stem. Glover is working with Stem for several musical surprises which will be revealed later this year.
The re-issue is being handled by Gambino's creative agency Wolf + Rothstein in partnership with Stem. EP's re-release is the first of many secret projects eager fans can look forward to. Glover is currently working on his fourth and final studio album under the Childish Gambino title, but thankfully it looks like it won't be the last we hear from him.
"Artists should never be in the position where the industry hinders their creative output. Our goal is to give our artists the ability to release content when and where they want. Partnering with Stem has allowed us to maintain our major label resources while providing us with a platform to independently release our special projects," said Glover's manager, Wolf Taylor.
It's a shrewd move for the prolific actor and singer since the re-release will give newer fans the opportunity to experience an album they might never have had the chance to discover otherwise. Diehards, meanwhile, will be able to revisit the five-track mixtape which includes "Freaks and Geeks," one of Gambino's breakthrough songs.
Glover still plans to retire the Childish Gambino title. He recently signed to RCA Records, marking another progression in his music career.
"I like endings and I think they're important to progress," he said.
Glover won the Best Traditional R&B Performance award at the 2018 Grammys. The musician received six nominations for his hit single "Redbone," but his 2016 record Awaken, My Love! lost out in the biggest category, Album of the Year, to Bruno Mars's 24K Magic.
Glover also performed live at the show as Childish Gambino, alongside young actor and singer JD McCrary. The two will play the old and young versions, respectively, of Simba in Disney's upcoming live-action reboot of The Lion King.
Glover made headlines earlier this week after changing his Twitter name to Donald. He tweeted about the Black Panther premiere before, swiftly and mysteriously, deleting the message, much to the confusion of fans.