Donald McKinley Glover was born on 25 September 1983 in California and grew up in Georgia.
In 2006, he graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. While still studying, Glover started producing electronic music under the name of MC D and mcDJ. Right after the graduation producers David Miner and Tina Fey invited Glover to become a scriptwriter for the NBC TV series 30 Rock. He worked on the series for three years. Glover even had a few small roles in it. Each of the years he worked on the sitcom, Donald received Writers Guild of America Award for the best TV comedy series.
In 2008, Glover came up with a music industry pseudonym Childish Gambino by using a name generator. In June, he released his first independent mixtape, Sick Boi.
Glover became famous on TV after playing a role of Troy Branes in the sitcom Community, which he worked on from 2009 until 2014. The role brought him a Satellite Awards nomination in 2011 and a prize at The Comedy Awards for "Breakout Performer of the Year" in 2012.
In September 2009, Glover presented his second mixtape, Poindexter. In 2010, he recorded three more albums I Am Just a Rapper, I Am Just a Rapper 2, and Culdesac.