Donald Glover: "I Am the New Tupac in a Strange Way"

"Sometimes you have to play a role for people to understand you, even though you’re far more complex than any of that."
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"Sometimes you have to play a role for people to understand you, even though you’re far more complex than any of that."

For years, Kendrick Lamar has been fighting off comparisons to the late Tupac Shakur. Donald Glover, on the other hand, is welcoming the connection with open arms.

“I am the new Tupac in a strange way,” he toldEsquire writer Bijan Stephen when asked to describe how he sees himself. “I grew up similar. I didn’t have a mom in the Black Panthers, but my parents were very pro-black. Also, my mom made me go to performing-arts high school. She was like, ‘That’s where you need to be.’ Sometimes you have to play a role for people to understand you, even though you’re far more complex than any of that. Sometimes it’s really hard to simplify that so people can eat it.”

Like Tupac, Glover has made the transition from writing and music to the big screen. This May, he will star in his first major blockbuster, playing the role of Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

While Glover isn't shy about delivering juicy quotes in interviews, don't expect the 34-year-old talent to brag about his life's parallel to Pac on social media. “I realized that connection was too powerful for a person like me,” Glover explained to Stephen for why he quit utilizing social media. “I just would get hurt.”

I feel you, Donald. And so does Cardi B. And Big K.R.I.T.. And Joey Bada$$.

You can read Glover's complete Esquire interview here, which includes plenty of insight into season two of his hit FX series, Atlanta, premiering on March 1.

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