Childish Gambino Delivers Political, Social Commentary with "This Is America"

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Hiro Murai, Glover's frequent collaborator on Atlanta, directed the video.

"This Is America", which has been trending on Twitter since its release, is a poignant statement about gun violence in the U.S. The music video starts off with a shooting, as a shirtless Gambino dances jubilantly away.

Amercian rapper, Donald Glover, premiered two new songs over the weekend and also released the video for one of the singles, "This is America".

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Filled with layer after layer of meaning, the jarring and thoughtful four-minute clip finds Glover discussing the state of America.

The video makes a poignant statement about gun violence in the US, depicting a violent shooting of a black man by a shirtless Gambino as he dances jubilantly away.

Donald Glover is seen in his music video for "This is America". Gambino recently signed with RCA, after 3 albums with Glassnote, as well as a new publishing deal with Kobalt.

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It also features background vocals from some of the biggest names in music, including Young Thug, 21 Savage, Quavo, Rae Sremmurd's Slim Jxmmi, and BlocBoy JB. Gambino ties all of these ideas together with school children dancing, recording activity on their cellphones, a Black choir and police chaos. Another suggested Glover was accusing black performers - even himself - of "coonery", or saying they are still made to feel like minstrels when they go out to perform their "black" music. It's worth noting that when Glover performed "This Is America" on Saturday Night Live - pretty much around the same time as the video dropped - Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya introduced him.

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