Monday, 18 June, 2018

Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Video Tackles Gun Violence and Black Life

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Ginger Lopez | 08 May, 2018, 02:11

Childish Gambino performed live.

Within the first few moments of the music video, the rapper shoots someone dead with much nonchalance.

A little like that video where you're told to follow a basketball being passed around, and you miss the moonwalking bear in the background, Glover and co's moves - doing YouTube dance crazes such as the hopping, kicking "shoot" - mask the riots happening behind them. He dances around giddily before taking breaks for a couple of point-blank shootings.

In the video, Glover shows a compelling representation of the America that this generation has learned to live in, both the good and bad.

Examining the song as a standalone piece of music yields equal reward.

The video is expertly choreographed and directed sucking you in with a cheerful folk song before deeptoned bass pulses and Gambino's self-aware verses take over. This definitely won't be the last we hear from him.

Keeping this in mind, it should also not be surprising to see Gambino turn to social commentary in his music.




This Is America marks Gambino's first new piece of music since his Grammy-nominated album Awaken, My Love! was released at the end of 2016.

When we got Marlon at LAX Monday he gushed about the vid - which already has more than 20 million views after 2 days.

Adele has responded to new music coming from Childish Gambino, saying she "adores" the artist, while praising his "greatness".

"This Is America, don't catch you slippin" though", Glover raps.

This project began as Glover's critically panned alter-ego, and has become something different entirely, and entirely brilliant.

There are also the inevitable comparisons to Kanye West, who might be a musical genius but is coming under fire for his seeming unthinking support of Trump and ignorance of the ways in which marginalised groups are suffering. America' represents his harnessing of accrued skill to create a powerful experience. Introducing "This Is America", he made and continues to make a huge statement.

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