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.Donald Glover & Rihanna To Star In New Hiro Murai-Directed Film, Reportedly Titled ‘Guava Island’ [Trailer]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[Video: Mattacular]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.[H/T Billboard]
Did You Know: A Pre-Fame Donald Glover Appears In The Crowd In A Beastie Boys Concert Film Shot In 2004
5Students feast! 6Students James Damiano (clockwise from left), Jurgen Kameniku, John Holland-McCowan, Henney Sullivan, Jonathan Young, and Jacob Montgomery eat on the patio. 3Christopher Valenti (from left), Peter Grogan, Henney Sullivan, and Nicola Maasdorp watch as the lamb is roasted. 8Students peruse — and pluck from — the dessert table. 2Courtney Evans of Harvard University Dining Services marinates a lamb on a spit for the GreekFest dinner. On the patio at Pforzheimer House, facing the lively Radcliffe Quad, the odd sight of a lamb roasting on a spit grabbed passersby’s attention. For the fourth consecutive year, the PfoHo dining services staff helped students and staff celebrate GreekFest by creating a delicious feast on May 1. In addition to the lamb, they cooked spanakopita, authentic Greek salad, a mezze bar of appetizers, baklava, and rice pudding. The celebration falls the week before Greek Orthodox Easter, celebrated this year on May 5.Students filled plates and sat at tables covered in blue and white tablecloths to pay homage to the Greek flag. Outside, the warm weather and the greening of the Quad signaled spring’s return.Pforzheimer House Master Nicholas Christakis explained in an email to students what lamb in the spring signifies to Greek culture: “The idea behind a lamb roast is to celebrate the annual greening of the countryside with a ritual sacrifice of a new lamb. For millennia, the Greek diet was (and still is) organized around religious festivals, many of which involve fasting and the complete absence of dairy and meat for weeks at a time. In fact, some have hypothesized that the unusually high life expectancy of the Greek people comes in part from these periodic fasts from animal products. So, the traditional lamb roast signifies the coming of spring and an expression of gratitude for nature’s abundance.” 4Alex Nesbitt (from left), Nadia Armouti, and Kenyatta Smith — all Class of ’15 — enjoy some Greek delights. 1Baklava and Greek cookies were two of the sweet temptations available at Pforzheimer House’s annual GreekFest. 7House Masters Nicholas and Erika Christakis and friend Chelsea Link ’12 survey the dining hall. 9Dining Services employee Anabela Pappas (left) and House administrator Sue Watts admire the baklava.