This is America: You need to turn up the volume now Image: Twitter
If your playlist already has Childish Gambino in it, you are saved — from mediocre mumble rap. If you're a Gambino rookie, you need to pay attention.
Donald McKinley Glover Jr., who raps under the stage name Childish Gambino, has been the no-holds-barred millennial icon you're looking for in Kendrick Lamar, or Rihanna. His last album Awaken, My Love! fetched him a Grammy, and his semi-autpbiographical show Altanta is all the relevance you need on your binge-watch radar.
Childish Gambino just dropped his new politically charged single This Is America during his appearance as a host on Saturday Night Live. And we are hooked. As is Twitter.
The music video for This is America, is a surreal masterpiece, and has already garnered more than 700,000 views in less than six hours. The number, directed by Hiro Murai, reflects the current political turmoil in the United States, especially pertaining to gun violence, an issue that is taking America by storm right now.
The video begins with Donald dancing maniacally and killing an innocent man with a gun followed by other chaotic scenes unfolding in the backdrop. Glover performed the song on SNL in the same performance-style as the music video, of course minus the pistol.
Fans are going gaga about his fire track, with some even comparing him to an early Kanye West.
Donald Glover has become what we wanted Kanye to be in 2018. #ThisISAmerica— Al Pritchard (@Al_YourPal) May 6, 2018
That is to say, @kanyewest left your control, while Donald Glover, according to you; is what you have programmed him to be. I doubt that Childish Gambino will like to know that he is just that ordinary. Well, #ThisIsAmerica , where people are free to be themselves.— I am at Peace. (@Maazi_Dan) May 6, 2018
Donald Glover is too talented. It's overwhelming. #ThisIsAmerica— Cousin Carl (@carlchery) May 6, 2018
So many layers of symbolism— Mario (@MarioLipkin) May 6, 2018
-References to mass shootings & hysteria
-Black men shot; meanwhile the guns are handled with care
-The current state of hip hop; seemingly unaffected by anything going on
I could go on. Donald Glover you nailed it.#ThisIsAmerica
Placing the guns carefully on red cloths is such a subtle but glaring criticism of the fact that even after such atrocities we still value such deadly weapons over the lives of innocents. @donaldglover #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #Dontcatchyouslippin pic.twitter.com/9IS0uF9Vly— Mxchxxl (@xCANNIBEMEx) May 6, 2018