In the not-so-distant future, in a galaxy far,
THE LAST MCs
MUSIC HAS BEEN DESTROYED.
APPLE MUSIC, SPOTIFY AND TIDAL
HAVE BEEN CAST OFF INTO THE SHADOWS
AS THE EVIL GALACTIC EMPIRE
WAGES WAR ON THE EARS OF ALL THOSE WHO OPPOSE IT.
ONLY TWO MEN HAVE THE POWER
TO LEAD THE REBELS
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THIS TYRANNY,
AND RESTORE MUSIC TO THE GALAXY
BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.
PURSUED BY THE EMPIRE’S SINISTER AGENTS,
LANDO CALRISSIAN AND BODHI ROOK RACE TO THE BOOTH,
CUSTODIANS OF THE SUPER HOT VERSES THAT CAN SAVE
THEIR PEOPLE AND RESTORE MUSIC
TO THE GALAXY…
That’s definitely one, very dramatic way to say there should be a collaborative record between Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo anthology film, and Riz Ahmed, a.k.a. Riz MC, a.k.a. Bodhi Rook in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The two men are best known amongst most circles by their acting. But what may be unknown to some is that both are also wildly talented rappers.
In fact, Glover and Ahmed have actually rhymed alongside each other before. In 2012, they joined forces on BBC Radio 1’s Burban in the Booth special broadcast.
Glover and Ahmed are now two of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars. Yet they still somehow find the time to balance it all, including making females swoon over them.
Ahmed most recently appeared in the final season of HBO’s Girls and the first season of Netflix’s The OA. Glover is busy juggling his hit show Atlanta, press for Spider-Man: Homecoming, the aforementioned Han Solo anthology project, and now he will reportedly also be voicing the role of Simba in the new Lion King film.
But despite all of that, both men still find time to work on their music.
Donald Glover | Childish Gambino
Under his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, Glover dropped his third album Awaken, My Love! last December to mass critical acclaim. And since then, fans have been waiting anxiously for the record to be released on vinyl with its added virtual reality component. The VR-vinyl immediately sparked the interest of fans, and sold out before you could say Lando Calrissian.
Gambino did however previously share a virtual reality music video for the album’s first single “Me and Your Mama.” So if you can do so without fainting, just try to imagine that combined with the rapper’s absolutely incredible performance of “Redbone” on The Tonight Show in January.
Riz Ahmed | Riz MC
Ahmed has also taken his musical talents to the talk show circuit. He spit some Star Wars inspired bars on The Tonight Show in December and then proceeded to absolutely roast James Corden on The Late Late Show last month.
When he’s not dropping the mic in front of live studio audiences, Ahmed is one-half of the rap duo Swet Shop Boys. Alongside New York artist Heems, the man his music fans know as Riz MC will be hitting up the festival scene this summer. The Swet Shop Boys recently played Coachella, and will also have sets at Osheaga (Montreal, Canada) in August, and The Meadows Music and Arts Festival (New York City) in September.
But before that, the pair will release their EP Sufi La on May 26. And today they dropped the first single off that EP, titled “Thas My Girl.” You can listen to that track on Soundcloud here.
The group previously released the video for their song “Aaja” back in March. “Aaja” was featured in the Swet Shop Boys’ first studio album Cashmere.
Childish Gambino & Riz MC
While their sounds are inherently different, their BBC Radio 1 collaboration is proof these two can shut it down together.
Between Gambino’s newly displayed Macy Gray-esque vocals and Riz’s smooth talking English slang, the combo could put something really special together. Think about how two vastly different artists like Andre 3000 and Big Boi came together to form one of the most iconic hip-hop duos of all-time. Sometimes, opposites really do attract.
But you’re probably wondering, with their busy schedules, how these two guys could possibly find the time to collaborate on a single song together, let alone an entire album. Well, didn’t you read the beginning of the article? The fate of the bloody galaxy rests in the balance!
So Donald, Riz. I know you’re reading this. Turn back the clock to 2012 and hop back in the booth together. If you don’t, I fear for the fate of us all.