Childish Gambino Dances Out Rage in New Single

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Donald Glover poses in the press room with his awards for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series and for outstanding directing for a comedy series for "Atlanta" at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Daniel Glover hosted Saturday Night Live to mostly positive reviews and performed two new Childish Gambino songs.  The yet-to-be-named album already has buzz with the SNL performance and video release for This Is America.

Gambino starts playful dancing in a seemingly “normal” music video, then punctuates the songs message by intermittently taking out guns and mowing down the other carefree artists around him. Throughout the video, Gambino seems to be referencing a number of recent flashpoints involving police brutality, white supremacy, and racialized violence: the lynching of Black men; the Charleston shooting; the Black Lives Matter protests.

“I’mma go into this,” he sings, even as he clearly seems fed up with the entire conversation around gun violence, race, and policing in America.

 

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