In an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A on Reddit last year, Childish Gambino (also known as actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover) was asked to describe NBC colleague (and his former boss) Tina Fey. “Tina is a true gangsta. … I put her against any chick in the game,” he wrote. “‘Against ANYONE in the game.’ She’d destroy anything. If she started rapping, I’d quit. I don’t want that.”
Apparently he changed his mind.
Gambino’s latest release – “Royalty”, a free mixtape – has no shortage of guest appearances. Ghostface Killah, Beck, and Schoolboy Q lend their talents to the tracks, alongside none other than Tina Fey.
Glover formerly wrote for Fey’s comedy brainchild, “30 Rock”, before moving on to play Troy Barnes on the network’s “Community”. Here he recruits her for the final track, “Real Estate”, resulting in a startlingly skillful (if comedic) verse to wrap it up.
“This is the part where most people would say something crazy and drop the n-word after it,” Fey raps. “Not going to, not gonna do that. I don’t feel comfortable. I’m out!”
The idea of Fey following Glover into the music realm isn’t entirely a new one. ”… it’s not that crazy to have people do a bunch of stuff now. You know, like Tina Fey – she’s not a bad rapper,” Glover told Vevo News last year. “People think I’m joking. She’s not a bad rapper. She’s better than Tracy [Morgan].”
Listen to “Real Estate” in full below (Fey comes in around 4:57), or play through here.