As Childish Gambino gears up to release his new album Because The Internet, he set the New York City streets (or more particularly New York University) ablaze with one tweet: “me and my friends are gonna play some of the new album in washington sq. park now, youre around.”
That was clearly the tweet heard around campus. Hundreds of onlookers listened intently, as the artist formally known as Donald Glover ran through fresh tracks like “Centipede” and his latest single “3005.”
“Me and my friends wanted to go in the park and listen to the music. And they were like, ‘How about we just tell people to come?’ And people did,” the actor-turned-rapper said to MTV.
Gambino payed particular attention to how people were responding to the tunes. “It was good, like, I definitely saw like some head nods on some things and some weird like, ‘what is that?,’ which is great,” he explained. “That’s all I wanted, I just don’t want to do things the same, nothing typical anymore.”
Hear fans’ reactions in the footage below.