Today, Donald Glover is one of the most successful new figures in the entertainment industry. From writing for 30 Rock to his acclaimed work as recording artist Childish Gambino to his high-profile acting roles in films like Solo: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming live-action The Lion King remake to his Emmy-winning TV show, Atlanta, Glover has executed an impressive climb through the ranks of the entertainment industry over the last decade-plus. However, back 2004, Glover was just a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts who loved the Beastie Boys. It was around that time, on October 9th, 2004, that Donald Glover attended a Beasties concert at Madison Square Garden.
The Beastie Boys show in question was later released as a 2006 concert film. dubbed Awesome; I F-ckin’ Shot That!, directed by Beastie Boys member Adam Yauch under the pseudonym Nathaniel Hörnblowér. The footage used in the unconventional film was captured by 50 camcorders distributed to various audience members during the performance. The 50 lucky members of the audience entrusted with camcorders were instructed to keep their cameras rolling at all times, and the film was cobbled together using the crowd-shot footage.
You may have seen the film before, but chances are you missed one particularly notable face in the crowd (that is, aside from Ben Stiller). Don’t blame yourself—he wasn’t particularly notable at the time, just another kid rapping along. As Reddit user Interracialpup recently pointed, Awesome; I F-ckin’ Shot That! features a brief clip of young Donald Glover enjoying the show from the audience during “Three MC’s And One DJ”. Check out the clip below:
Young Donald Glover Raps Along At 2004 Beastie Boys Show
50 cameras running all night long, and one of the shots from the final cut culled from the hours of footage just happens to feature one of today’s biggest stars, long before we knew his name. Many thanks to the Internet for turning up such an unlikely gem.