Childish Gambino, who kicked off his tour in Atlanta back in September, is continuing his tour across America. His gunning down of the gospel choir singing the lyric suggests that he's exhausted of the pressure to accumulate wealth, to be performatively black, and stay spiritually uplifted in an age of gun violence. The underlying message - stay woke and don't give into distractions.
What has Childish Gambino done?
Donald Glover is seen in his music video for "This is America". Despite frequent gun-related tragedies and subsequent national debates over gun control, the NRA and gun owners only seem to hug their semi-automatic rifles tighter and spout the Second Amendment louder. From there, Gambino's joined by dancing school kids and a gospel choir, who sing until he mows them down with what appears to be a semi-automatic rifle.
Immediately, the joyful tribal music drops and Glover raps, "This is America / Don't catch you slippin' up". The music turns from joy to bloodbath to joy again.
Fans also theorised that Glover was running from the Sunken Place at the end, obviously taken from Jordan Peele's Get Out.
Actress Lena Waithe wrote on Twitter that Glover's song and video "speak to what audiences really want". Funnily enough, Saturday Night Live may have provided us with the most extended look at Glover's Billy Dee Williams impersonation before Solo debuts on May 25.
According to The Rolling Stone, "This Is America" features vocals from " Young Thug, 21 Savage, and Migos' Quavo as well as Rae Sremmurd's Slxm Jimmy and BlocBoy JB".
"This Is America" is the first single from Glover since his Grammy Award-nominated 2016 album Awaken, My Love. But we commend Glover on reminding us that this ugliness happened and similar ugliness continues to happen.