Oh, you wanna be Childish Gambino, do you? Well here’s what you have to do:
1.) Give the most inspired, electrifying, and explosive performance of Hangout Fest so far. (Sorry, folksy singer-songwriter types. But did you pull a crowd that looks like this?
2.) Start your set off stage.
3.) No, like WAY off stage. Preferably near a guy who looks like Kid Rock.
4.) Stay hydrated.
5.) Hire a highly skilled backing band that brings the funk and the R&B and feels like The Roots added a female keyboard player to their roster.
6.) Serve hyper-literate, sexual yet self-aware, neurotic, digitally obsessed philosophical Gambino realness on prime cuts from Camp and Because The Internet, like “Heartbeat,” “Pink Toes,” “Sweatpants,” and “Crawl.” Also, don’t hesitate to perform “Black Faces” IN ALABAMA. Also, don’t hesitate to sing just as well as you rap.
7.) Also? Turn way the f*ck up. Like the ENTIRE way up. Then stay that way.
8.) Stop your set to help find a lost child (this actually happened.)
9.) Dance like you just checked your bank account and it said you never have to check your bank account ever again.
10.) Bring out your brother Stephen, because family.
11.) Burn through this entire set list with the fiery intensity of an entire Independence Day’s worth of Roman candles.
12.) Exit stage right leaving shirt behind. Because Alabama sun, and because Childish Gambino got that swagger.
+ Watch Childish Gambino perform “IV. Sweatpants” at the 2014 Hangout Festival: