Childish Gambino Dropped New Song 'This Is America'

08 May, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Along with the debut of the music video, Glover performed the song as Childish Gambino during his Saturday Night Live performance.

With "This is America, " pop culture's most important multi-hyphenate confronts many issues now facing "the land of the free and home of the brave" - racism, gun violence and police brutality.

The video got a variety of reactions across social media from fellow musicians, journalists, and new and longtime Gambino fans.

Filmed in a large empty warehouse, the video for "This is America" begins with a shirtless and heavily bearded Gambino dancing in a seemingly upbeat and celebratory mood.

"It's brutal, but either you participate in the space American culture has allotted you (even if only to play Jim Crow as many black entertainers have and continue to do since the country's founding) or you perish".

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Murders occur, but the guns are treated more delicately than human lives in the video - a strong statement given the current debate over gun control. It's obvious what he's trying to say here - gun violence needs to stop.

Meanwhile, TIME called the clip as a "stirring commentary" from Gambino.

However, that was SZA making a cameo at the very end, giving us hope that future collaborations are coming. The songstress is seen plopped on top of 80s hooptie, silently poised.

Before Glover charmed America with his monologue, the stars came out for a Trump-verse cold open filled with great guest appearances.

Reactions to "This Is America" - directed by Gambino's long-time collaborated Hiro Murai, and choreographed by Sherrie Silver - are pretty much what you'd expect: absolutely, unequivocally floored.

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