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Childish Gambino’s Sonic & Visual Evolution Continues to Astound with "This Is America"

Where Gambino was “Terrified” on his 2016 album, '"Awaken, My Love!",' “This Is America” speaks to the source of his fear.

Debuting on Saturday Night Live alongside a thought-provoking, ultra-violent music video, Gambino’s latest single, “This Is America,” tackles the country’s sordid relationship with the Black body.

Produced by Gambino and Ludwig Göransson, Glover's longtime collaborator and also the man responsible for the Black Panther film score, “This Is America” is rattling in both form and content. Backed by spastic drums, Gambino’s delivery ranges from deadpan to acidic, with unexpected and pointed cheek on the bridge. 

With that, the single is driven by stark juxtapositions and stitched together by ad-libs from Young Thug, BlocBoy JB, 21 Savage, and more, serving up a commentary on placation, consumerism, and sublimation in 2018.



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Where Gambino was “Terrified” on his 2016 album, "Awaken, My Love!", “This Is America” speaks to the source of his fear. The record isn't slated to be a single from his forthcoming, currently-untitled new album, according to a source at RCA Records, but it does indicate Gambino plans to tie up a bevy of narrative loose ends in the months to come.


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