Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, aka Lando Calrissian, aka Earn from Atlanta, aka Troy from Community just unloaded a bombshell of thought-provoking content on the Internet over the weekend. If it wasn’t enough to be hosting SNL that same weekend, Glover made sure to keep the momentum going by releasing yet another meaningful piece of work.
Childish Gambino put out a new single accompanied with a music video titled “This is America” and it is visually stunning. The song itself is a piece of commentary on the social climate of people of color in America. The song’s happy-go-lucky chorus evolves into chaotic and dark verses, where we see Gambino using exaggerated facial expressions and showcasing some of pop culture’s most popular dance crazes to date.
Its intentions were to juxtapose the utter chaos and violence that is happening in the background of the video with the pop culture dance trends used as a distraction from the real issues at hand. Not to mention that the repeated “this is America” line constantly serves as a reminder to the listener as well. I’m fascinated with how well Gambino was able to successfully execute shifting the viewer’s emotions on the drop of dime, essentially. The cameo ad-lib features in the song include Quavo, 21 Savage, Slim Jxmmi, Block Boy J and Young Thug. The video was directed by Hiro Murai who also directs FX’s hit show Atlanta. Check out the full video and song below.