There's been a sense recently that Donald Glover's new music may be taking shape in a distinct way from the Childish Gambino jams fans have become accustomed to.
First, there was his interview in February on "Today": “I want to have periods in my life," he said. "I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings.”
Then, earlier this month, at Bonnaroo, the 31-year-old performed a new song that included only singing -- no rapping.
His latest release is another suggestion that the Childish Gambino period may have come to a close.
"Marry You," included on the "Magic Mike XXL" soundtrack, also features strictly singing. On the iTunes listing for the Bruno Mars cover, which clocks in at just over two minutes, the Georgia native is credited not as Childish Gambino, but as Donald Glover.
It's a transition he addressed when MTV News spoke with him earlier this month in preparation for the release of "Magic Mike XXL," which hits theaters July 1 and counts Donald among its cast members.
"I hope people never thought of it as just like, Oh, that was a phase," he said. "It wasn't like I was like, What was I doing? I knew what I was doing, I just -- I like endings. I like endings. One thing about this movie that I was like, Oh, this will be cool to be part of, because like, I only want things to go on when they're necessary. Life has a death clause. Everything should have, sort of a clause of if it's not growing, then we should progress in a different way. With my music, if it's not progressing and changing, then I feel like it's dead anyway."
"Bringing it back to ['Magic Mike XXL'], this second movie is so different from the first one, but also ties it back in. You can watch the second one and not have seen the first one. It's a thing where it's like, progress is key, and that's what's most interesting. So, yeah, I kinda wanna let it grow until it can't grow anymore."
Whatever he calls himself and his upcoming period, as long as it includes great music, I'm sure fans will be satisfied.