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Childish Gambino Dropped New Song 'This Is America'

Donald Glover Childish Gambino Dropped New Song 'This Is America'
Michele Schwartz | 08 May, 2018, 02:30

Donald Glover just released a new song and video, "This Is America" which many believe is a scathing attack on America's ignorance towards violence.

Glover played double-duty on "SNL", not only hosting but performing as well, as his music alter-ego, Childish Gambino. "Police be trippin' now", he sang.

"Don't catch you slippin' now".

"This Is America" is the first single from Glover since his Grammy Award-nominated 2016 album Awaken, My Love. 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.

A large ensemble cast features the camera weaving in and out as it follows Glover around the space. "This Is America" references numerous country's recent mass shootings from the Charleston, SC church shootings to Florida's Stoneman Douglas High School.

However, that was SZA making a cameo at the very end, giving us hope that future collaborations are coming. Though it's a Saturday Night Live skit, it shows how awesome Glover's Lando is going to be on the big screen. Unfortunately for us, he's flagged that his next Gambino album will be his last. 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.

He also appeared in a new, 30-second teaser clip for the movie, which drops May 25. While some may call him a triple threat - as an actor, writer and singer - he considers himself "just a threat".

Check out the full video for "This Is America" below.

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