Childish Gambino Drops "Swarm" EP With KIRBY To Accompany New Amazon Prime Video Series

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Donald Glover's seven-episode "Swarm" series landed on the streamer at midnight. Have you tuned in yet?

Donald Glover has explored no shortage of creative ventures over the years, though his latest endeavour may just be one of his best. On Friday (March 17), Amazon Prime Video dropped off Swarm, the 39-year-old's new TV series that features plenty of celebrity favourites, including Paris Jackson and Billie Eilish. If that's not enough to convince you to check it out, minutes into the first episode, a raunchy sex scene between Chloe Bailey and Damson Idris has had Twitter talking non-stop.

Swarm tells the story of Dre (played by Dominique Dishback), a young woman with a dangerous obsession for a fictional pop star named Ni'jah. Throughout the episodes we see the troubled lead go to great lengths to defend her idol, voiced by singer-songwriter KIRBY. To accompany his new project, Glover and his musical collaborator shared a six-track EP today, allowing fans to live on in the chilling cinematic universe even after they're done binge-watching.

Childish Gambino and KIRBY Bring Ni'jah to Life on "Sticky" from Swarm

As Billboard notes, this marks Glover's first musical effort since 3.15.20, which arrived as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning. The California native connected with Ariana Grande and 21 Savage on "Time" and "12.38" respectively. Other fan favourites from the 12-song tracklist include "Algorhythm," "19.10," and "35.31."

Of course, Swarm isn't the multi-talent's first time diving into the world of television. He's previously appeared on shows like 30 Rock, Girls, and Community. Additionally, he created and stars in FX's Atlanta alongside LaKeith Stanfield and Brian Tyree Henry. As for film credits, Glover's face has been seen in Magic Mike XXL, The Martian, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, among others.

Thus far, the new show appears to be making a positive impression on viewers. Thankfully, all seven episodes landed at the same time, filling up the weekend plans of many eager viewers. At the time of publication, Rotten Tomatoes critics have scored it at an 83%, though we're still waiting for audience reviews to start rolling in.

Check out "Sticky" from Childish Gambino and KIRBY's Swarm EP on YouTube above. Afterward, tell us your thoughts on the show and its groovy soundtrack in the comments. If you're in need of more release recommendations, make sure to check back later this weekend for our R&B Season playlist update.

Swarm Tracklist:

  1. Something Like That
  2. Agatha
  3. Big World
  4. Adventure
  5. Hahaha
  6. Sticky (feat. Childish Gambino)


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.