Bonfire

Songfacts®:

  • Childish Gambino is the rap moniker for actor Donald Glover, who used to write for the TV show 30 Rock and broke into the mainstream with a starring role on the show Community. He says he got his rap name from a rap name generator he found on the internet.

    This song was the first single from his major label debut, Camp. It debuted on Funkmaster Flex's Hot 97 radio show in New York City on September 17, 2012.
  • On October 31, 2011, Childish Gambino performed his major label debut Camp in its entirely at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY. The next day, the album was made available for pre-order on iTunes and the video for "Bonfire" was made available on the rapper's website and on YouTube.
  • Gambino says likes making videos and likes that it's all about telling a story. He's especially fond of the video for this song, which he calls "freaky and weird and a definite story."

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