Stephen Glover (screenwriter)

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Stephen Glover
Stephen Antuan Glover[1]

(1988-06-18) June 18, 1988 (age 35)
Other namesSteve G. Lover III
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, rapper, actor, producer
RelativesDonald Glover (brother)
External image
image icon Glover at an event for The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2017

Stephen Antuan Glover[2] (born June 18, 1988) is an American screenwriter, rapper, actor, and producer. He is known for his work as the head story editor, and one of the writers for the FX comedy-drama Atlanta. He frequently collaborates with his older brother Donald Glover, who plays the lead character in Atlanta and co-stars in Guava Island, also written by Stephen.[3]



Donald Glover hired Stephen, his younger brother, to co-write for Atlanta, despite Stephen having no prior professional experience in writing for television. He did this to satisfy his desire to have an all-black writing team for the show (something that Vulture noted is completely new for the industry),[4] made up mostly of Atlanta citizens, to achieve an accurate portrayal.[5] Publications such as GQ and The Daily Beast have noted that as the lead writer for four episodes in Atlanta's first season, Glover's personal experience and his first-hand perspective on black culture in the city of Atlanta is evident within the show's writing, and they have praised this creative approach as being new and fresh for television.[6][7]

Glover's musical background has also played a substantial role in the creation of one of Atlanta's main characters played by Brian Tyree Henry, aspiring rapper Alfred Miles who assumes the rap alias of Paper Boi.[8] In an interview with The Fader,[9] Glover discusses how in the event that Henry could not rap well, the writing staff did not want to force him to rap as his character, and so Glover's brother requested that he instead provide the rapped vocals for the character's song "Paper Boi" that is featured throughout the pilot episode. The instrumental of the song was a beat inspired by Atlanta trap rap production that was made by music producer Chemist, whom Glover considers his go-to producer for his own music outside of Atlanta.[9]

Although his writing has received praise from various outlets for its creativity, experimentation, and humor based in reality,[10] Glover's writing has also provoked minor controversy. The fifth episode of Atlanta, "Nobody Beats the Biebs", for which Glover was the lead writer,[11] features a fictional depiction of the pop star Justin Bieber being portrayed in an exaggerated and negative light, by a black actor, Austin Crute, rather than a white actor. Writing for Slate, journalist Aisha Harris accused Glover of being "coy" while explaining his reasoning for this creative decision in an interview with Vulture,[11] noting his reluctance to comment on the matter in more detail.[12]


GQ describes Glover's music as being more influenced by the grittier and harder elements of Atlanta trap music in comparison to his brother's R&B and indie-inspired work in hip hop under the alias Childish Gambino. In the same GQ interview, fellow Atlanta writer Swank jokingly said that Glover's mother does not understand why his music differs so drastically from that of his brother's.[6] Glover has been featured as a guest rapper under the name Steve G. Lover on every Childish Gambino outing since Gambino's 2012 mixtape Royalty. Glover's first feature on a mainstream studio album was Childish Gambino's 2013 album Because the Internet, and his most recent appearance, apart from his own releases, was on the 2014 Kauai EP, also by his brother.

Glover has stated that he has been making music since the age of 17.[6] His 2011 mixtape Frequent Flyer LP features production from Chemist and Alias Amazin.[citation needed] This was followed by Summer of Steve released in 2012 and featuring production from solely Chemist.[citation needed] The most recent 2016 album, DJ Rhetorik Presents: Rich Black American, features a variety of guests including his brother.[13]



  • Frequent Flyer LP (2011)
  • Summer of Steve (2012)
  • High Art (2014)
  • DJ Rhetorik Presents: Rich Black American (2016)



Year Title Director Writer Executuve
2019 Guava Island No Yes Yes
2023 House Party No Yes No
2024 American Dream: The 21 Savage Story Yes Yes No Post-production


Year Title Director Writer Executive
2016–22 Atlanta No Yes Yes Wrote 11 episodes
Story editor for 7 episodes and showrunner
2018 Saturday Night Live No Yes No Episode: "Donald Glover/Childish Gambino"
2023 Swarm Yes Yes Yes Wrote episode "Running Scared"
Wrote and directed episode "Fallin' Through the Cracks"
Played Caché in episode "Taste"
2024 Mr. & Mrs. Smith No Yes Yes Wrote episode "Do You Want Kids?"

Music videos[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy Series Atlanta Won [14]
New Series Won
Episodic Comedy (for Episode: "Streets on Lock") Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (for Episode: "Streets on Lock") Nominated [15]
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Saturday Night Live Nominated


  1. ^ "BMI | Songview Search".
  2. ^ "BMI | Songview Search".
  3. ^ Holmes, Charles (April 14, 2019). "How Donald Glover and His Team of Collaborators Wrote, Then Made, 'Guava Island'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Browne, Rembert (August 23, 2016). "Glover's Community: The Comic Turns His Eye to His Hometown—and Black America—in Atlanta". Vulture. NYMag. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  5. ^ Rao, Sameer (August 24, 2016). "Glover on Why 'Atlanta' Has an All-Black Writing Staff". ColorLines. Race Forward. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Kelly, Robert (September 8, 2016). "Introducing Royalty, the Collective Behind Atlanta and Childish Gambino". GQ. GQ. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Wilstein, Matt (October 11, 2016). "Glover's 'Atlanta' Skewers Transracial Identity in Most Ambitious Episode Yet". The Daily Beast. Newsweek/Daily Beast. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  8. ^ Jackson, Dan (September 7, 2016). "The Real Story Behind Paper Boi's Catchy 'Atlanta' Single". Thrillist. Thrillist Media Group, Inc. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Kochhar, Nazuk (October 11, 2016). "The True Story Of How 'Paper Boi' Became Atlanta's Unofficial Theme Song". The Fader. Fader. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  10. ^ Bakare, Lanre (November 2, 2016). "The Writers of FX's Atlanta: 'We're Not Interested in Being Sesame Street'". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Lockett, Dee (September 30, 2016). "Stephen Glover on Writing Atlanta's Black Justin Bieber: 'Are We Crazy for Doing This?'". Vulture. NYMag. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  12. ^ Harris, Aisha (October 12, 2016). "This Week's Atlanta Offered a Sharp Critique of Our Culture of P.C. Outrage". Slate Magazine. Slate. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "No Hookahs ft. Childish Gambino". Sensi Media. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (December 5, 2016). "Writers Guild TV Nominations: 'Stranger Things,' 'Westworld,' 'This Is Us,' 'Atlanta' Break Through". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "Stephen Glover". Television Academy. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

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